Time for some blog catch-up!
On December 3, our meeting topic was on developing biblical disciplines in our lives.
How do we get to know the Lord? How do we grow in our relationship with Him and learn to walk closely with Him? How do we seek after the treasure of God and His Word? If we desire to seek a close relationship with the Lord, it is essential to spend time with Him! Practicing spiritual disciplines is a practical way to spend meaningful time with Him. Jesus Christ is the Word (John 1:14). Reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on Scripture helps keep our eyes on our Savior and deepen our relationship with Him.
When we talk about spiritual disciplines, we are not talking about punishments. They are habits or routines that we maintain. Disciplines are not things that others force on us, but things that we insist on doing ourselves.
It is important to develop patterns of biblical disciplines in our lives now, while we are young.
If we want to grow spiritually, we need to be feeding ourselves. While we are still young, we should develop patterns of biblical disciplines in our lives. It’s not so much about the disciplines themselves as it is about seeking the Lord. Spending time with Him means that we develop a deeper relationship with Him. Ask the Lord to give you a desire to cultivate a deeper relationship with Him and a hunger for His Word. With His help, establish a pattern of quiet time with Him each day.
Consistency is important. Start small (maybe just reading 5 minutes a day). It’s not so important the amount of time we spend reading the Bible, praying, memorizing, etc—its more important that we do it every day. Consistency is difficult, even for adults. There are times we will be busy or we might just nor feel like it. The key is that it must be a priority—this means doing it first. If you fail, don’t be discouraged or give up. Just keep working at it! As it becomes a pattern in your life, it will be easier to maintain and continue to strengthen your disciplines.
“It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer. The truth is that in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain the spirit of prayer is to continue praying. The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.”
Nothing in life is more important than our relationship with the Lord. He is the one thing that is really worth seeking after. We may have to give up some of the less important, earthly things, but nothing is more worth our time and investment! Spending time with the Lord—our most important meeting of the day—takes time. You always have time for what you do first! Don’t try to fit God’s Word into your day. Rather, build your life around God’s Word! Is there anything more important?
Practical Assignment: Accountability partners–check up on each other until our next BL meeting regarding daily Bible reading. Consider picking a Scripture to memorize together.
Four our activity, we have Biblical discipline stations where an older girl would give tips and ideas for certain disciplines. We had one on Scripture memory, on on Bible study, one on prayer, and one on waking up and staying alert! :) The girls got 5 minutes at each station before rotating to the next one.