'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
7/10/2019 0 Comments
Welcome my Friends to the Third Quarter, 2019.
Whether one calls it 'Self-Denial', 'Soul Friendship', or 'Spiritual Disciplines', now that we have elaborated and on 'Spiritual Disciplines', and discussed for a season with the topic of Stress; let's resume more of the 'Spiritual Disciplines'.
I sincerely hope and pray that all in this series of posts will be advantageous to you for the purpose of growing in the knowledge and grace of the Lord.
As always, before we get started. Remember, these are 'tools', so let us not get anxious. Amen. Amen.
Continuing today, with some further posts since we began our series for anyone desiring to draw into a more intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ, with our Introductory Post A, Wednesday, April 3, 2019; Post B, Friday, April 5, 2019 ; Post C. Sunday, April 7, 2019; Post D, Wednesday, April 10, 2019; and Post E, Friday, April 12, 2019. We then continued to post on a bi-monthly basis on Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, until we finished. See, all the following, therefore.
Post 1, April 24, 2019; Post 2, April 26. 2019; Posts 3,4,5,6,7,8,9; May 5,8, 10, 19, 22, 24,2019, and so forth.
Remember to see our posts on 'Stress'; 'Service' and 'Fasting' posted June 2-5-7; 16-19-21, 2019-during our Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, bi-monthly posts.
Continuing today July 10, 2019, our post series from July 7, 2019, therefore. Let us look at some other 'disciplines' or habits of 'the Christian Way of Life' or 'habits' we can practice endeavoring to walk closer and closer with Our Lord and Savior. On our last posts, we covered 'service', and 'fasting'. [June 19, 21, 2019] Remember, the purpose of 'disciplines' is - 'Christian discipleship' - 'getting a better understanding of God, His Purposes for us, ever learning to become - in thoughts, words, and actions - JUST LIKE JESUS'.
LET US NOT MISS THIS MOST IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE - ALL FOR THE GLORY AND PRAISE OF GOD!! Amen. Amen.
Why Is Solitude Important?
It is when we are most by ourselves that we realize God is actually right there with us. At that point the solitude allows us to grow closer to God as we begin to address the things going on in our lives, thoughts, and existence. We have absolutely no greater 'counselor' than the All-Knowing; All-Powerful; All Present God, who knows the end from the beginning. [Isaiah 46:10 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
We are able to see clearly, through a Godly perspective, as is written in the Holy Bible, what is important in our lives. When we spend time in solitude, we get away from all the things that distract us from our reality. We see inside our lives, our thoughts, and our behaviors. Solitude brings us peace that we just can't get when we're surrounded by others. It allows us to decompress and take the stress off of our day. Yes, sometimes solitude can grow loud with the clanging of thoughts bumping around in our minds, but at least that clanging is just our thoughts and not mixed with the cacophony of noise the world brings in.
But How Do I Find Time for Solitude?
We live in a busy, busy world where time alone is not always rewarded. So, solitude does take effort and persistence. While sometimes we think of solitude as long periods of meditation, often we have to be more creative about it. Sometimes we may only have a few minutes to be alone with God. We may find a few minutes before we get out of bed in the morning, on the walk to the bus stop, or in a peaceful corner during study hour.
We need to learn that it's okay to tell others that we just want to be alone and tell them in a way that helps them understand this isn't a slight against them, but just our way of letting our spirits breathe a little bit. Sometimes, taking a 'brown-bag' lunch to a near-by park or harbor; 'hiding out', can be the very 'boost' or moments of 'revelation' you need for that 'busy afternoon-into-evening' to finish a hectic day, with wisdom from the Lord. You know what is on your platter. Be 'creative' getting alone with Our Blessed Savior, to whom we are 'yoked'. [1 Peter 5:7]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
There is a reason that solitude is a spiritual discipline, and we all have to work hard to be sure we are getting that "alone time" with God.
I cannot urge you strong enough to test and practice 'solitude'. You will find such as 'anxiety', 'worry', and the like becomes a 'past event', for it is through this 'discipline' that God gives you direction, assurance, and unspeakable experiences of His Joy and His mind on things you never even thought about. At least, this has been some of my own personal experiences. The Holy Spirit has brought to my mind 'scriptures' needful for me to remember, to remain in faith, with trust, with no doubts nor worries, completely and totally renewed and refreshed!
Do you want to 'hear from God', His Thoughts, for His Glory; and to know that you have no greater Confidant and Friend? [Jeremiah 29:11 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html] Then make time to 'spend some quiet time', 'exclusively with the Lord'. You will long to be 'meeting Him' on a 'frequent basis', even in the midst of the crowd'! For real.
On Friday, July 12, 2019, we shall begin to post on the 'companion discipline' to 'solitude' - the discipline of 'silence'. Be blessed in the name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Amen.
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