Spiritual discipline is essential for spiritual maturity. We don’t reach maturity in our own strength (it is the work of the Holy Spirit), yet we are not passive recipients of God’s work in us. Spiritual maturity is the by-product of a spiritually disciplined life that is lived in constant dependence on God.
Challenge yourself in these disciplines and you will develop a deeper love for God.
Seven Disciplines of Abstinence — Letting go — (I Peter 2:11- putting off)
- Solitude – Spending time alone with God. In our incredibly busy times, we need to prioritize alone time in the audience of One. This is indispensable to spiritual growth. Perhaps we must let go of some of our busyness.
- Fasting – Abstaining from food to express our dependence on God. Fasting is meant to be an act of humbling oneself before God to seek His help and deliverance. It is often associated with repentance (Deuteronomy 8:3-5; Matthew 4:2;6:16-18).
- Denial – Intentionally denying yourself certain legitimate pleasures to find your sufficiency in God and/or a higher fulfillment in God (Matthew 16:24-26).
- Sacrifice – Giving of ourselves and our resources beyond what seems reasonable to express our dependency on God (time/service/money). C.S. Lewis has written: “… if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to…
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