'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]
4/5/2019 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.
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. Amen. Amen.
Before we get started. Remember, these are 'tools', so let us not get anxious. 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
'Two Keys to Success: Indirection and Habit'.
Now, let us continue our series and consider some exhortations for your success as we venture into 'spiritual practices' to draw closer to the Lord.
'Discipline works by indirection, Dallas Willard teaches. A discipline is something we can do that enables us to do what we haven’t yet been able to do by our own direct effort. Trying is not enough. (“Don’t try — train!” is a way to paraphrase 1 Tim. 4:7.) Our training is connecting us with a power much greater than our own — the Spirit of God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead! audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
So if you can’t break the power of an addiction to alcohol or pornography one step to get free (in addition to obvious measures like 12 Step Recovery and psychotherapy) might be to fast from food. With practice you can experience the reality that fasting is feasting: even though you’re not eating you’re sustained in the joy and peace of God by meditating on Scripture and praying. If you can get past headaches and grumpiness when fasting and learn to be sweet and strong without getting the food you need then you can apply this to resisting your compulsive behavior.
The other way discipline works is because we’re developing new and healthy habits. You can’t be good at golf without developing a number of specific habits in your body — there are seemingly a hundred aspects to a good golf swing! We can’t even drive our cars safely without habits. Without thinking about it we notice conditions on the road and break when needed.
The spiritual life works the same way. We need bodily habits that engage our mind and heart with God. We want to get into a position in our daily lives where we find ourselves meditating on Scripture, praying, or blessing the one who curses us without even having intended to do so. Using an intelligently designed course of disciplines over time will do that.'
So, now you know - 'the why' we train and cultivate our walk of faith with 'Spiritual Disciplines'. And, we have a 'vision of expectation' to further motivate us. We shall continue on our next 'weekly' 'introduction' posts as we look at Jesus' use of 'Spiritual Disciplines' and how He lived such a wonderful 'sinless' life. So, please return for our posts during the week of April 7-10-12, 2019.
May the eyes of your understanding be opened, as you draw closer and closer to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Amen.
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