No disciples grows by accident. Through spiritual disciplines, we grow more into who Christ calls us to be.
The Reason for Spiritual Disciplines
- Most people don’t grow in their faith simply because they don’t want it bad enough.
- Spiritual disciplines are premeditated activities that encourage spiritual growth.
- The diligent reps in spiritual workouts reveal their effectiveness when life’s competitions begin.
- Neglecting time for spiritual trainings reveals that we don’t prioritize it.
- Spiritual experiences can serve as a booster to your faith, but spiritual disciplines provide the lifeblood for your longevity.
The Need for Spiritual Disciplines
1 Timothy 4:6-16
- Spiritual disciplines are not meant to make you more liked by Jesus but to make you more like Jesus (4:6-7).
- Our souls need more work than our bodies (4:8-10).
- Never use your age or experience to serve as an excuse (4:11-12).
- Practice makes progress (4:13-15).
- Your spiritual habits will not only impact you but also influence those around you (4:16).
The Path for Spiritual Disciplines
- If you aren’t satisfied with your current commitment to spiritual disciplines, do something about it.
- Don’t lose interest in spiritual habits because they don’t always provide immediate results.
- Don’t allow guilt of previous neglect keep you from making current progress.
- Train your soul habits now, and reap the benefits later.
The List of Spiritual Disciplines
- Bible Meditation – Studying the truths of Scripture
- Bible Memorization – Committing God’s Word to memory
- Prayer – Talking to the most important Being about the most important things
- Worship – Expressing adoration to God for who He is and what He has done
- Fasting – Premeditated abstaining from essential nourishment for spiritual purposes
- Stewardship – Giving of your financial resources for the benefit of others
- Evangelism – Sharing the gospel of Jesus to others
- Service – Using your spiritual gifts to minister to others
- Silence and Solitude – Seeking the quiet to calm your soul and focus your thoughts
- Journaling – Archiving the work of God in your life
- Learning – Seeking to understand truth so you can share it with others