"Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, . . . They are not
just idle words for you-- they are your life" (Deuteronomy 32:46-47).

Friday, August 2, 2013


Are you interested in steady, measured spiritual growth? In the first chapter of his book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney said, "The Spiritual Disciplines are the God-given means we are to use in the Spirit-filled pursuit of Godliness."

Begin to practice daily just three of the premiere spiritual disciplines that have been used and found fruitful by followers of Christ since the early years of Christianity: Bible study, meditation (holy contemplation of scripture), and prayer.

The early Puritan preacher and writer Thomas Manton wrote, "Meditation is a middle sort of duty between the word and prayer, and hath respect to both. The word feedeth meditation, and meditation feedeth prayer. These duties must always go hand in hand; meditation must follow hearing and precede prayer. To hear and not meditate is unfruitful. . . . What we take in by word we digest by meditation and let out by prayer. These three duties must be ordered that one may not jostle out the other. Men are barren, dry, and sapless in their prayers for want of exercising themselves in holy thoughts" [Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1991), 73].

Make time each day for serious Bible study, meditation, and prayer and you will soon discover that the Holy Spirit is growing you in the grace and knowledge of Christ. As an extra incentive not to procrastinate, consider the advice of an anonymous writer, "You have to do what others won't to achieve what others don't." Add to that encouragement the wisdom of R. Collier found below, and get started immediately.