4 Spiritual Disciplines You Need In Your Life

4 Spiritual Disciplines You Need In Your Life

Following my morning workouts, I usually head to the coffee shop and reward myself. Recently, it dawned on me, all of my gains from my early morning workouts are undone by a five-minute splurge on a 700-calorie frozen treat. I began to feel defeated, knowing my workout wasn’t making a difference because of my habit.

What Olympic athlete frequents the coffee shop immediately after his workout? Olympians ruthlessly beat their bodies into submission and deny their bodies permission to splurge on natural cravings and desires. Why? Their laser-focused intensity on winning the gold medal drives them to a higher level of performance than most.

My pastor, Ken DeChant, summarizes it like this: Winning requires discipline.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

If you begin to practice these four spiritual disciplines, you will see your life change. You will be training to win, living to earn an eternal reward.

Read the rest of 4 spiritual disciplines you need in your life over at Vital Magazine.

 

Understanding the Importance of Faith in God

While I am away at summer camps I’ve hosted a few writers to provide good content in my place. This is a guest post from Arold Augustin. He is the founder of Living For Jesus Alone Ministries, which exists to provide Christians with powerful biblical teachings to strengthen their day-to-day walk with Christ.

Are you aware of how important faith is in the life of those who follow Christ?

Understanding the Importance of Faith in God

Having faith in God hinges fully on Christ’s death and resurrection. Christ came to earth to restore the relationship between humanity and God. While faith in God is significant in the Christian life, it isn’t always easy to exercise faith in God as displayed throughout the Bible. Our trust in God is challenged when we find ourselves totally clueless about what to do in the midst of horrifying life’s circumstances. Nonetheless, we can find great comfort knowing that faith is both life-changing and powerful.

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3 Advantages to Keeping Jesus at the Center of Your Family

I typically can’t go a full week without saying or hearing the following phrases, “It would be to your advantage to do it this way” or “You’re definitely at a disadvantage if you do it that way”.

3 Advantages to Keeping Jesus at the Center of your Family

Now although these phrases might be common, I like to think about the uncommon parts of them. In other words, you can only use such phrases in your everyday life because you have learned to use them by either experience or through teaching. This is what I consider maturity.

So when I start out any conversation or post with the word ‘advantage’, I can do so because I am a man who has experienced the other side of the situation I’m talking about. And in this case, I have experienced the hard disadvantages of keeping myself at the center of my family and not Jesus.

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The Importance of the Person of Jesus

…if you say Jesus died and nothing happened but the disciples had some interesting ideas, then you have cut off the branch on which all classic Christianity is sitting. This generation needs to wake up, smell the coffee and realize serious Christianity begins when Jesus comes out of the tomb on Easter morning. This is not a nice optional extra for those who like believing in funny things.

-N.T. Wright

Imagine if you will that you’ve taken chess pieces, and instead of placing them on a chess board, used them to play a game of monopoly. No more thimble, race car, shoe, wheel barrel, iron, or top hat. Now you have a choice of a king, queen, rook, bishop, knight, or pawn. You could play that game just fine (aside from the pieces taking up most of a square of real estate), but what you couldn’t do is then claim to be playing chess.

The Importance of the Person of Jesus

If you did however claim to be playing chess and furthermore asserted that everyone had been playing chess incorrectly all along and that you are now playing a truer game of chess, chess  the way it was meant to be played from the beginning, well I would hear you out and that kind of claim would be worthy of my attention. However, the burden of proof would be on you to show the evidence you have that this is the way the game is supposed to be played.

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A Lesson on Prayer from My Dog

Search Like Crazy! Respond Enthusiastically!

Our Border Collie, Dixie, likes to play hide and seek. You can hide anywhere in the house and say (sometimes in a whisper), “Come find me.” In a split second, you can hear Dixie’s little feet clicking down the hallway or up the stairs as she searches for you. When she reaches you, she looks into your eyes, full of excitement as if to say, “Why did you want me to come find you, Master?” She enthusiastically waits for a response, and for instructions on what to do next.

Prayer Lesson from My Dog

Yesterday morning, I woke, headed down to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee, then into my office where I sit to spend my quiet time. For a few moments, work distracted me, then I sensed God’s nudge. Come find Me.

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Why The Enemy Has Your Affirmation in the Crosshairs

Tim Young is the author of Heartstone: A Journey out of the midnight of my soul. He is a committed follower of Jesus Christ, a father, author, teacher, speaker and church leader on a mission to help people live courageously from their hearts.

There is an epic battle going on for the human heart because rescuing your heart is everything. God is pursuing your heart with an invitation of life — to become fully alive with a new name, a purpose, and a mission.

Why The Enemy Has Your Affirmation in the Crosshairs

This is the theme of Heartstone Journey, but it’s also the backdrop for our story too. The mistake many of us make is being blind to the battle over our lives. There is a God who is after our heart with the invitation of life; there is an enemy who will stop at nothing to take you out! Until we come to terms with this, we will misinterpret most of what is happening around us — and to us.

Are you tracking with me?

Our enemy is cunning and is systematically hunting us down, carefully watching every move we make, so he can take the shot. Once you come into clear focus, he takes the shot delivering a paralyzing blow. The worst part…we don’t even know what just hit us.

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Maybe God Could Have Used Me To Stop a Suicide

I met my friend Victoria last year. I saw this beautiful Kenyan girl in the mall with a baby in a stroller and went to ask her who styled her hair. We live in a town in Sweden where it’s impossible to find someone to style our Kenyan hair.

Maybe God Could Have Used Me To Stop a Suicide

We quickly became friends; speaking on the phone a lot.  She tried on numerous occasions to invite me to dinner, but I’d always say no and postpone it to a later date. I can vividly remember the number of times we tried to make arrangements to meet. These meetings never happened. I plan my time meticulously weeks ahead of time. Therefore, her impromptu calls to meet in an hour or so were of course turned down.

To be honest, there was also a part of me that did not want to hang out with Victoria because she drank too much. Parties with too much alcohol really weren’t my scene.

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