Sometimes we believe the lie from the Enemy that if we just had more time during the day then we would finally be able to read our Bibles.
Over the past four years, I have taken an ever-increasing interest in fitness as a hobby. Perhaps the thing that has most captured my attention is how God has designed the human body. Throughout Scripture we see spiritual truths mirrored in nature.
And of course Bible reading is absolutely vital to the Christian life, and so is Scripture memory and Bible study. But perhaps the one Bible discipline that we don’t mention as often, and which is probably just as important as the others, is Bible meditation.
Many of you can recall days of your childhood when you played outside all day. You had nowhere to go, so you enjoyed the day making up games. Nowadays, our kids are rushed from one event to another…many parents run their children to school, then to dance, then to soccer practice, then to a birthday party…all in the same day!
It’s a practice we need to train ourselves to do, especially in a culture that is often devoid of true, pure joy and gratitude. In fact, we are commanded to be joyful (see Philippians 4:4 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16).
Secrecy can be a “secret” weapon in our spiritual growth. The discipline of secrecy is the practice of abstaining from causing our good deeds and qualities to be known.
On January 7, I preached about “The Secret to Spiritual Growth,” which is the practice of spiritual disciplines. I mentioned 12 disciplines, and challenged us to engage in these disciplines as a way to develop our relationship with Christ.
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Staying in this mindset and way of life can be extremely difficult, and nearly impossible sometimes. Life and the things of this world can easily get in the way.