One tool that is very useful in our path of growing in who we are is to practice the spiritual disciplines. Paul refers to reading Scripture as a means to train ourselves in the ways of righteousness (see previous section):
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Spiritual disciplines are simply practices that we do in an effort to open ourselves up to the work of the Lord within us. Generally, spiritual disciplines fall into two categories: disciplines of abstinence and disciplines of engagement.
Disciplines of Abstinence
Disciplines of Engagement
Generally, disciplines of abstinence are designed to break down the worldview of the flesh, and disciplines of engagement build of the mind of the Spirit.
I’d suggest practicing a variety of these disciplines and discovering your own needs and rhythm with them. Different people tend to be drawn to different disciplines; and at different points in your life, different disciplines will connect with you more than others. Learning to practice connecting with God and drawing our life from Him through the seasons of our spiritual walk is a joy and keeps us focused on moving forward in everything.
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