'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]
4/3/2019 0 Comments
Welcome my Friends to the Second Quarter, 2019.
Whether one calls it 'Self-Denial', 'Soul Friendship', or 'Spiritual Disciplines', I have found this article of value and since the writer encourages sharing, I share it with all of you, my friends. It is a topic I desire to share more on, with you, and will do so, as we proceed.
Here, I have added some comments of note, in continuing with our 'little chats'. And, when we finish here, I shall elaborate on some topics, a little more.
I sincerely hope and pray that this series of posts will be advantageous to you for the purpose of growing in the knowledge and grace of the Lord, to be able to love Him more, drawing ever closer to Him. Amen. Amen.
Before we get started.
Please 'Remember', these are 'tools', so let us not get anxious'. One is not 'saved' through the practice of 'Spiritual Disciplines'. One is ONLY saved by and through the 'grace of God', 'through faith' 'in Jesus Christ'. [John 3:15-16] Amen. Amen.
'Insights and Applications From The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard'.
[I highly recommend this book, for more on the topics. I credit this copy to 'Spiritual Disciplines List Share this! by Bill Gaultiere'. SMQ]
Post A, Wednesday, April 3, 2019; Post B, Friday, April 5, 2019
'This Spiritual Disciplines List features some 'main disciplines' for 'life in Christ' with concise definitions for each. We call these “spiritual disciplines,” but the activities are physical, not spiritual. They are bodily activities that can engage and effect our whole person (Romans 12:1-2). So a more accurate term for the exercises in this list is “disciplines for a spiritual life in Christ.” '
[Again. We are not to be 'legalistic', and you will understand why not, as we proceed. My prayer is that you will see one or any of these 'practices' as leading you and enabling you to a fuller appreciation of and connection to and with, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. SMQ]
'To excel in anything in life discipline is required. This is true for athletes, musicians, plumbers, accountants, and disciples of Jesus. Effective discipline is not drudgery, it is delightful! Of course, 'discipline' or 'training' has some 'difficult aspects', but the hard work pays off to facilitate ease and joy of living. Just watch a master pianist and you’ll see that he or she is not straining to do well, but enjoying the music. Hence Richard Foster insists that we’re meant to “celebrate” as we practice disciplines for growth in Christ.'
[Richard Foster is another author on a 'book' on 'Christian Disciplines' of great insight and benefit. SMQ]
'Dallas Willard insists that more important than our disciplines is the attitude (or spirit) we bring. In other words, why are we doing an exercise? What is our purpose? We need a vision that the risen Christ is before us, inviting us to apprentice ourselves to him and learn how to live our whole lives, even now, 'in the Kingdom of God'.'
[This will result in having a 'better', more tenacious 'biblical world-view' and act in accordance, not matter what. Joshua 24:15 SMQ] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
My friends, make no mistake. This is for the 'here and now', for we are born-again and already 'in the kingdom of God'. [John 15:19; 17:14; Romans 12:2; Colossians 1:13; Philippians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:9] That is why so much attention must be paid to 'the Word of God', our 'constitution', as are growing in the grace and knowledge of who we belong to, from the moment we first believed unto all eternity - future. [2 Peter 3:18] This is critically important', for you see, we may be 'in the world', this present age and location; but, make no mistake - 'we are no longer a part of this present world or age.' [John 15:19] We are to let our lights shine into the darkness, being ambassadors for Christ. [Matthew 5:14; 2 Corinthiaans 5:20] We may not know what we will eventually be when the Lord returns, but, we know that we will find during the transformation, that we will be like Him, even as our current actions in the mortal flesh is to be so. [1 John 3:2-3] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Remember, this year, the posts are to be - shorter. Therefore, we will stop here and give you all the time to carefully cross-reference the Holy Bible passages for yourselves, with our Mutual Teacher, the Holy Spirit. We will post again on Friday, April 5, 2019 our second post in this 'weekly' 'introduction' of our new bi-monthly series. Continued Blessings as you enter into His Presence through the study of His Word, prayerfully with Our Mutual Teacher, the Holy Spirit. Amen. Amen. [John 14:26; 16:13; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 2:10]
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