Wednesday, July 21, 2010
About nine months ago we started a weekly Bible study for men at New Beginnings. We started out with maybe five or six men. Today, we had thirteen men at our Bible study! Each week is really such a joy. The men are open with their insights and struggles. I really believe that the Lord is using this context to grow stronger, more spiritual men at New Beginnings.
We are currently reading and discussing a book authored by Jerry Bridges called THE PRACTICE OF GODLINESS. It has been a helpful guide to our consideration of the life that God desires for us to live. Today we finished our discussion of chapter four which is titled "Seeking a Deeper Devotion". Here are some thoughts from this challenging chapter:
1) God wants us to grow in our devotion to Him in three specific areas: our fear of God, our love for God, and our desire for God.
2) There are several "means" by which we grow to have a deeper devotion of God. These are often thought of as spiritual disciplines, or spiritual habits:
a - PRAYING FOR GROWTH
b - MEDITATING ON GOD
c - WORSHIPING GOD
d - FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
e - OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WILL
3) Here's a nice quote: "This is godliness: God-centeredness, or devotion to God; and Godlikeness, or Christian character. The practice of godliness is both the practice of devotion to God and the practice of a lifestyle that is pleasing to God and that reflects His character to other people."
So what about your life? Are you seeking a deeper devotion to God? Do you even know what that means? Do you see the importance of having a consistent and intimate daily time with the Lord?