A How-to Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines

If you’ve followed this blog, you know that I just finished a series on the spiritual disciplines. (Outlined in Don Whitney’s book, the Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.) Well, this post is basically just a table of contents for you to find any of the articles you missed or review any that were helpful. If you click on the title of a post, it will take you to it. But first, I want to explain something that’s pretty important.

Let’s say there’s a man who reads his Bible every morning and evening, spends time in prayer and worship for an hour in the morning and ten minutes in the evening, studies and meditates on the Word throughout his day, memorizes whole books of the Bible every month, serves his church several times a week, fasts for a day each week, journals a couple of pages every night before bed, and, of course, is always sure to witness to almost anyone and everyone who crosses his path. Wow! This man is amazing! And, well I wish I was like this, (or at least partly) I know that, even if I did all those things, if my heart wasn’t in the right place, it would all be a waste. You see, the pharisees had this level of piety. But they were doing it to feel good about themselves. If we have the same reason, then all our spiritual endeavors are almost completely wasted. But even Jesus said his disciples were to be more righteous than the pharisees (Matthew 5:20). The point is to be Spirit-controlled and give Christ all the glory. When you allow the Spirit of God to lead you, your life changes. And when you give Him all the glory, you keep yourself from falling. (Proverbs 16:18) It’s a constant battle to keep Him on the throne and in front of you, leading you. But then you’ll be more righteous than the pharisees, because you’ll be getting it from the source, and not from your evil heart. You see, religion makes you feel good about yourself (that’s why so many have been invented), but a relationship with Christ makes you feel good about Jesus, the cross, the empty tomb, and the Spirit of God in you. Have a relationship, not a religion.

Okay, I’m done talking. Here are links to each post in this series:

1. Hearing and Reading the Word of God

2. Memorizing the Word of God

3. Studying and Meditating on the Word of God

4. Prayer

5. Worship

6. Evangelism

7. Serving

8. Stewardship

9. Fasting

10. Silence and Solitude

11. Journaling

I hope that this series has been helpful to you. Thank you for reading.


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