Should We Do the Spiritual Disciplines?

This seems like a gimme, an easy answer on a spiritual quiz – “Yes, we should study and practice the spiritual disciplines!”

This is mostly declared by those who believe that the Christian life doesn’t work, so it’s back to the basics again, to try to figure out what’s wrong.

Articles on the spiritual disciplines focus on doing in order to get to being.

But scripturally, the opposite is true.

“(2) This only would I learn from you, Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith? (3) Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made complete by the flesh [by what you do]?” Galatians 3:2-3

The true beginning point is the Spirit.

The true beginning point is in being one with Him in the new creation.

Knowing Him must always precede the doing of anything!

And, when we finally get to doing, the only things we’re supposed to do are to say what the Lord wants said, and do what He is showing us to do, just as He did with His Father.

Both require knowing Him.

Doing is outflow of the Spirit, not inflow to prime God’s pump to get Him to do something.

That technique is the quid pro quo: “God owes us, since we have done such and so.”

But the quid pro quo is what we do to be perfected by the flesh.

It has nothing to do with the Spirit.

Spiritual disciplines, as they’re defined and practiced, are works of the flesh, not outpourings of the Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Should We Do the Spiritual Disciplines?

  1. Thank you for your timely insights on being One with each member of the Trinity.

    *Mari*

    * Moving from self-reliance to total dependence on Christ as we share His life with others.*

    On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 9:43 AM, Free in Christ wrote:

    > ffsic posted: “This seems like a gimme, an easy answer on a spiritual quiz > – “Yes, we should study and practice the spiritual disciplines!” This is > mostly declared by those who believe that the Christian life doesn’t work, > so it’s back to the basics again, to try to ” >

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