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The word discipleship and the word discipline are the same word -- that has always fascinated me. Once you have made the choice to say, "Yes, I want to follow Jesus," the question is, "What disciplines will help me remain faithful to that choice?" If we want to be disciples of Jesus, we have to live a disciplined life.
- Henri Nouwen
During these days of isolation, it is important for us each to take individual responsibility for our spiritual growth and connection with God.
To assist with this, we have included some resources that you might find helpful for either your individual quiet time, or as you connect with others over the phone or online.
Spiritual Disciplines are exercises or practices that help us grow in spiritual depth and likeness of Christ. Some common Spiritual Disciplines that have been practiced through the centuries are prayer, bible reading and fasting. Many christians engage with God on a daily basis using spiritual disciplines and they may not be aware. Practices like devotions, S.O.A.P., prayer walking and journaling are just a few. There is a smorgasbord of disciplines that are available to us. Each week there will be a new discipline that helps apply the sermon to our lives. Why not taste and see, so you can continue to grow more like Him.
The following link is to an article by Kathyrn Shirey that helps explain how spiritual disciplines help you to grow in faith and ultimately live the 167. If you would like to know more about developing your spiritual life, this article may just help you.
I put on the belt of truth around my waist.
Help me listen to and act upon Your truth alone, and not be deceived by the devil’s lies.
I put on the breastplate of righteousness.
Thank you that because of the cross I can be righteous in Your sight. Help me live my life in a way that honours You. Guard my heart Lord.
I put on the shoes of the gospel of peace.
Thank you that I can have peace with You through Jesus. Help me be ready and alert to share the Gospel of peace with others.
I stand behind the shield of faith,
trusting that You are reigning, You are good, You are faithful and that You are all powerful.
I place the helmet of salvation on my head.
Thank you for the promise of salvation made possible through Jesus. Keep my eyes fixed on this wonderful hope and mount a guard over my thoughts.
I take up the sword of the Spirit.
Help me to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit bringing a Scripture or instruction at my moment of need.
I ask for your encircling hedge of protection to be around me and my family.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.