Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 21 | Learning



Learning is essential for growing in godliness.   We are told in scripture to learn...

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."  Romans 12:2  

We will not grow much in Godliness if we do not know much of what it means to be Godly.  --Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Will you be intentional about learning through studying the scriptures, reading good books on Biblical topics, attending a Bible study, listening to a sermon podcast, etc.?  

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 20 | Psalm 62:8



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 19 | Write it Down.



Journaling.  What is it?

jour·nal
 noun \ˈjər-nəl\: a book in which you write down your personal experiences and thoughts

So how is journaling a spiritual discipline?  Better yet, how does journaling grow us in godliness?  

1)  Self-evaluation:  Journaling helps us take a closer look at our spiritual state.  It forces us to look at our sins, our flaws, our weaknesses.  As we write, we examine ourselves against the scriptures in a time of reflection.

2)  Points us to Him:  As we are open with our sins, flaws, weaknesses, etc., we see our need of Christ.  We are able to write prayers to Him and "pour out our hearts to him." Psalm 62:8

Journaling also aids us in meditation, in remembering, in preserving our thoughts, and in monitoring our goals and priorities.

Personally, I study my Bible with a pen in hand--journaling as I go--recording His truths, my thoughts,  confessions, prayers, and thankfulness.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day 18 | Psalm 62:1-2



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 17 | In the Quiet Hour - I wait.



In our day and age when do we ever just STOP--stop talking, stop moving, stop making lists, stop thinking about the day, etc.?  When are we alone in meaningful quiet time?  I'd guess rarely, if ever.  Am I right?

As believers, there are times when we should just "be still and know that He is God."  There are times when we should just remove the noise and remove the distractions and focus on God.

Check out these examples from our Lord Jesus:

"After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray."  Matthew 14:23

"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."  

At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place."  Luke 4:42

If we are following Jesus' example, there should be times when we are deliberately alone to seek the Lord--in the stillness, in the quiet.

Why?  Obedience. "Be silent before the Sovereign Lord."  Zephaniah 1:7

In turn, we we can worship Him,  hear from Him, see our sin more clearly, see our need of Him even more, and we can be physically and spiritually restored.  

Will you be still and quiet in order to grow in Him?

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