Daily Devotion Saturday, June 15

Saturday, June 15, 2013 – Psalm 125; Song of Solomon 5:10-16; 7:1-2 (3-5) 6-7a (9); 8:6-7;
2 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Luke 20:1-8

Psalm 125 – 1   Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2   As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people,
from this time on and forevermore.

Yesterday, I encouraged us to look at how we go about our day with God. Today, I want to lift up several spiritual disciplines that have deepened the faith of many.

Disciplines of Abstinence
Solitude: The practice of spending time without any others or any distractions.
Silence: No noise or conversation. Just you and God.
Fasting: Abstain from food, media, entertainment, or anything else that occupies your time.
Frugality: Use your money for purposes outside your own needs for a time.
Chastity: 1 Corinthians 7:8, “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
Secrecy: Do not allow anyone to know of the deeds you do or the money you give in order to avoid doing them for the wrong motivations. Only God needs to know.
Sacrifice: Stretch your sense of what you can do without for the sake of those who have less.

Disciplines of Engagement
Study: Memorize Scripture and expand your universe of biblical study helps.
Worship: Engage in corporate worship and include worship in your own prayer time.
Celebration: Practice being grateful and thankful both in your own relationship with Christ and with other believers. Express encouragement and thankfulness to others.
Service: Give your time to the church and/or to others. Ponder tithing your time.
Prayer: Take deliberate steps to pray regularly and with purpose. Praying through the Psalms is a good way to increase your “prayer vocabulary.”
Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Confession: Practice confessing your sins to trusted people who will pray with you and be spiritual allies.
Submission: Submit to the proper people in the proper ways—fight against the sin of pride.

This list came from a blog; http://quaillake.blogspot.com/2006/09/spiritual-disciplines.html which said, “This list and classification come from Dallas Willard. Though not comprehensive, it is a very helpful list.”

What might the Spirit be calling you to experience spiritually to help you deepen your walk with God? This is a question I am asking myself. Something I’ll be exploring in the coming weeks, coming days.

O God, thank you for your word, for prayer and for the many ways we can experience your presence and you working in our lives. Help us deepen our relationship with you for yours with us is ever-present and everlasting. Amen.

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