We are called to worship in spirit and truth. To worship in spirit means to worship from within, no matter where we are. To worship in truth means to worship Him as he is revealed in Scripture, to worship Him for who the Bible says He is, not our personal views of God. Also, when we worship in spirit and truth, we grow in our faith, which should be our goal.
The Discipline of Hearing, Reading and Studying God’s Word
"Exercise yourself to become more godly." The athlete who is unwilling to discipline his or her body by regular exercise and eating right isn't free to excel on the field, is he? The undisciplined Christian won't grow. Exercise for the Christian means listening, studying and reading God's Word, the Bible.
Spiritual Discipline; Memorizing the Word of God
Head into the spiritual gym and learn the exercises of spiritual maturity: studying and memorizing the word of God. Exercise is hard. We make a lot of excuses for why we can't do it. Not only does Fred Gladney teaches us that we can memorize the Word of God, but he reminds us that the pay-off is of great importance.
God’s Word Prunes Our Lives (John 15:1-8)
I chose the word “fruitful” inspired by John 15:1-8 as my one word for the next twelve months. When we strengthen our connection with Jesus by regularly spending time reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word and in prayer, he is faithful to prune what does not belong in our lives and increase our fruitfulness.
Discipline of Worship: The Key of Focus
Worship is a discipline because we're easily tempted to neglect it. We are focusing on the first key in the discipline of worship, which is the key of F, for Focus on God. Singing and other acts of worship are not true worship if the focus is on the sound and not God.
Finding My Pace in Life
As I flipped through another page in my planner, I wondered how to accomplish all my tasks in a mere 24 hours? With three part-time jobs, I lived the proverbial juggling act. But, I took long walks and prayed for guidance. I fasted and confessed my sorrow for stealing time from the Lover of my soul. In the process, I discovered how many distractions of pace fed my lust for significance and applause.