Steps in Practicing Spiritual Disciplines

29 Oct
So it goes.

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The spiritual disciplines are a way that we can cooperate with God in our own spiritual growth. By practicing them, we willingly place ourselves in God’s hands so that he can mold us into the likeness of Christ. How do we practice the spiritual disciplines?

Step 1: find out what areas of your life need change. This step will take some honest and prayerful reflection on your life. One way to do this might be to open your Bible to a passage that teaches on godly living, such as the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, or a chapter in Proverbs. Read through the passage slowly, asking God to bring to mind anything in your life that needs attention.Another way to determine where you need change is to consult other believers.  Find someone you trust who will be both truthful and loving, and ask that person where you need growth. Then take the advice you receive to the Lord in prayer.

Step 2: is to find out what kind of spiritual discipline will help you to grow in this area. Spiritual disciplines take many forms. As in the first step, this second step requires prayer as well as thought. One question that can help you decide on a discipline is whether the need in your life is to do more of something or less of something.

Step 3:  you must practice the discipline. It may be a challenge at first. You will make mistakes. Have faith that God is still working in you, and follow Paul’s example: “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14)

adapted from Practical Christianity

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