I feel like my post from earlier today was left a little open. So I want to touch on the “how then shall we live” question. The key to aligning our life before God in the midst of promised revival and necessary purity is to walk steadily. This is why lifestyle practices (or spiritual disciplines) are crucial if we want to be successful in God.
There are many spiritual disciplines out there, but as many of you know I have my own top five. They are: 1) Covenant with our eyes; 2) Bridle our speech; 3) Manage our time; 3) Manage our money; 5) Prayer.
I have affectionately dubbed these the “Fab Five.” They are life hacks, if you will, towards maturity in God.Having these resolves in my spirit has helped me keep on track and stay focused in the grace of God.
1. COVENANT WITH OUR EYES
Making a covenant with our eyes is one of the most difficult areas of victory for many. It is equally important for men and women. It means much more than not looking at pornography (though that is very important). It includes gazing on anything that fills our spirit with something that does not feed us with Godliness. Such as â€˜innocentâ€™ media.
As Christians, we want to have pure, â€œdoveâ€™sâ€ eyes (SOS 4:1). A steady gaze locked on Jesus and fascinated with Him. Not simply because we shouldnâ€™t, but because Jesus is greater than anything else. We can show our love to Him by fighting to keep our eyes pure. This battle is a way we can demonstrate our love to Jesus.
2. BRIDLE OUR SPEECH
Replace complaining, gossiping and slandering with thankfulness, encouragement and silence.
â€œA good man out of the good treasures of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak they will give account of it…for by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.â€ (Matthew 12:25-37)
3. MANAGE OUR TIME
Productivity goes to a whole ‘nother level when we look at in light of eternity.
To squander our time is to squander our life. If we donâ€™t manage and focus our time we will squander our life. We will live in the tyranny of the urgent. Without an aggressive schedule we will spend time doing things that arenâ€™t ultimately important to us, but seem important at the moment.
I spent a whole week on time management on my series 168 Hours to a Focused Life.
Sincerity with application. Simply wanting to be mature in God is not enough. It is true that our Godly motives are pleasing to the Lord, and He sees every small movement of our heart towards Him. Yet we must still be faithful and follow through with what He has called us to do (1 John 2:3-6). We may want to be a man or woman of the word, and even pray â€œLord, make me a man of the word.â€ But if we do not actually read the Bible it wonâ€™t happen. Obedience must happen in real time and space.
4. MANAGE OUR MONEY
Giving as much as possible to the Kingdom. Even going beyond personal comfort and honor. Trusting God and living a fasted lifestyle. Set up a discipline and pattern of giving. Not only tithing regularly but also supporting others, and asking the Lord what are places He wants you to give to. 10% is entry level giving. God is faithful and will establish you and set you in your place. You can’t out-give God.
Prayer, fasting and time in the Bible must be part of our regular routine. Not only spending set-apart time in prayer but also keeping an open ear to dialog with God throughout the day.
Also praying in tongues. This is how we stir ourselves up in our faith, keeping ourselves in the love of God (Jude 20). Tongues is a doorway into revelation and power. Also, it was the secret to the Apostle Paul’s secret life in God and his massive spirit of revelation.
P.S. – You can get more in-depth notes and an MP3 teaching on this from my downloads page.
P.P.S. – Darren just announced his latest ProBlogger group writing project: â€œTop 5.â€ I included this post as part of his project. If you want to write your own find out the details here. You have to submit before this Thursday.61 comments