Spiritual Disciplines: How Do They Affect Our Lives?
One may ask, what are spiritual disciplines and how do they affect our lives? Well, to answer that question, according to Christian Women's Center there are different types of spiritual disciplines; internal disciplines which includes meditation, prayer, fasting, Bible Study and chastity, external disciplines, which includes evangelism, service, simplicity, stewardship, solitude submission, then there is corporate disciplines, which includes celebration, confession, seeking guidance, and worship. The personal disciplines are those that each individual should develop for him or herself, while the corporate disciplines are the one that the entire church body can do together.
As Christians, evangelism is important, however; it is just as important that we understand what it means to serve others and be submissive to leadership. We must be good stewards over whatever has been put into our hands to do. Being good stewards means that we are being obedient to the word of God. I believe that the characteristic of solitude must also be apart of our daily walk with God I believe that we must be in a place to hear God and move effectively in what He has called us to do. We must be swift to hear and slow to speak, we must allow God to work in us of His good pleasure, because He who has begun a good work in us if faith and just to complete the work that He has started. Philippians 1:6, James 1:19. It is important that we learn how to be quiet before the Lord, so many times when we go into prayer we begin talking and telling God what we want Him to do and sometimes God just wants us to be quiet in His presence and sometimes He will still speak to us through the silence. Solitude is spending long periods of time alone with God Vos (2012)
One last disciplines I would like to discuss is the corporate discipline of worship. To worship is to ascribe great worth to God and to see Him as worthy. Vos defined worship as a response of our heart to the love of God, which encompasses our whole lives (2012). John 4:23 says, God is actively seeking those we will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. In our worship we praise God for who He is and we express our gratitude for all He has done for us. Worship is not true worship unless it changes us.In conclusion, it is important for us to want all of the spiritual disciplines to operate in us. When these spiritual disciplines are working in us, they cause us to grow spiritually in God and our walk with Him. Spiritual disciplines must be apart of our lives for us to effective not only in ministry but also in our counseling practice. It is important that as future counselors, that we understand how to integrate the spiritual disciplines into our process of counseling understanding that it is the Holy Spirit's enabling help or empowering Tan (2007).
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