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First steps with spiritual disciplines - beware tripping 23 Feb 2017 14:15 #9

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As we read the Bible we begin to realise that inner transformation (righteousness) is a gift from God to be graciously received. The change in us is God’s work, not ours. We can’t achieve or earn it, it is a grace that is given. As Paul writes to the Romans: ‘But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.’ Romans ch5 v17

The writer Richard Foster warns,”Knowing the ‘mechanics’ of the Disciplines doesn’t mean that we are practising them!” And I guess the same could be true of using one of our DDIT action templates. It’s the state of our hearts that matters when growing spiritually, more than the mechanics of a process.

Time to take your first steps?

Spiritual growth is the purpose of the Disciplines. Enacting them won’t produce the transformation but will place us where the change can occur and where our relationship and intimacy with God will grow.

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"Spiritual growth is working with God to build a life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control; and there is no merit to be gained by doing the spiritual disciplines. Spiritual growth is all a work of grace."   Richard Foster


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