I remember an angry man who approached me after I suggested that reading the Bible and praying more would likely help one to know God better and love him more. "This is legalism!" he cried, not really understanding the meaning of legalism. "It's works and I believe in a God of grace," he continued. (I guess he probably wouldn't agree with me that the Bible tells us we are saved by grace not works, but the same Bible does include instruction and commands for how we are to live after we are saved. You can read more on that here.)
I asked this man if he was in a relationship with his wife. "Of course!" he barked. I then asked him if his relationship with his wife would be better or worse if they went on dates, talked, and he learned things about her. "Are there things that may take a little effort on your part but greatly grow your love for you wife?" I questioned. So it is in our relationship with God.
Benjamin Pierce, Jared Jenkins, and I recently discussed some disciplines that help us grow in our relationship with our Lord. Many call these practices the spiritual disciplines. We certainly didn't discuss all of the various disciplines but we did talk about some of the more common spiritual practices that help foster a stronger relationship with God. Practicing these disciplines may help us know God better and love him more. And they may also help us understand ourselves better as we seek to grow and mature in our walk with Jesus.
Train Yourself For Godliness: A Journey in the Spiritual Disciplines
-- Why the Disciplines are Important audio
-- Reading and Studying Scripture audio
-- Meditating on the Word, Silence, and Solitude audio
-- Journaling and Confession audio
-- Praying Through Scripture audio
-- Hearing from God and Tools for Prayer audio
-- Fasting audio
-- Time Management and Margin auido
-- Sabbath and Rest audio
-- Worship, Family Worship, and Tithing audio
-- Service and Evangelism audio
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