'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]
9/8/2019 0 Comments
Welcome my Friends to the Third Quarter, 2019.
What are the spiritual disciplines?
In Summation and Conclusion; continuing from August 25, 28, 30, 2019.
The foremost of the disciplines is that involving the Word of God and constitutes the reading, study, memorization, and meditation of Scripture.
Be assured! If this discipline is neglected, no other effort to discipline ourselves will be successful because we simply do not have the power to overcome the resistance of the sin nature in which our new natures reside. Nor do we have the power to overcome the resistance of demonic influences whose aim is always to separate us from the only means of spiritual growth, the Word of God.
Paul reminded Timothy of the inherent nature of Scripture, that it is literally from the mouth of God, i.e. “God-breathed,” and, as such, contains the very power of God. He also refers to the gospel as the very “power of God” (Romans 1:16 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html ) and exhorts Christians to take up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” as our only offensive spiritual weapon against demonic forces (Ephesians 6:17 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html ).
We must begin any effort at spiritual discipline with the only source of power, the Written Word of God. My friends, there are NO SUBSTITUTES, EITHER FROM MAN NOR THEORIES OR PHILOSOPHIES, etc. etc. etc.
Scripture memorization is also essential. We always have the freedom to choose what we place in our minds. With that in mind, memorization is vital. If we truly believe that the Bible is the Written Word of God, how can we not 'memorize' it? Memorization enables us to keep it constantly in the forefront of our minds, and that makes it possible to react to all life circumstances according to its precepts. [See Ephesians Chapter 6, the power of the 'word' in 'spiritual warfare'[audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html. See also, on the Spirit bringing to our remembrance what is written, in any circumstances. John 14:26].
One of the most powerful passages of Scripture regarding the necessity of memorization is found in Joshua 1:8: “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
It is through the discipline of memorization that we are enabled to pray more effectively and to meditate. This in turn enables us to “be prosperous and successful” as God defines “success” for us. When we are walking in His ways and in His will, we are imbued with a new Spirit-filled inner being, one with a heart like God’s. It is through memorization and meditation, that we, as a 'cow' 'chews' the curd, we get to the 'juicier' 'understanding' for application and have such 'ah-hah!' moments in 'delight' and 'advancement' in our 'spiritual maturity'!
On our post on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, we will continue this conversation relevant to 'effectual praying'. Thank you for returning, in the Blessed and Most Precious Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen. Amen.
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