Any person whoever has ever ran a marathon race (26.2 miles), knows it is not wise to start off training 20 miles. Why? Because you will probably burn out quickly and not have consistency with your training. You start training off slowly and build endurance (Colossians 1:11)
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
Our walk with God is no different.
Speaking from personal experience, I have tried many different spiritual disciplines, but without consistency! It leads to a life that is not rooted.
Recently, God has led me to reading 3 chapters of the Word a day and praying 3 times a day in tongues about 3 minutes each.
And it’s been wonderful! It’s like eating three meals a day (And maybe a late afternoon snack as well!). There is a natural hunger for more! (Psalms 119:103)
“How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Nom! Nom! Nom!
I continue to see the benefits. I am hearing the voice of God better. I am also discerning what is not the voice of God. It is helping me continue in making wise decisions. Often there are decisions in life where there is not a right or wrong choice, but there is a “best” choice.
It is also helping me let go of encumbrances that lead to sin (Hebrews 12:1).
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
For example, I felt like I could was not able to exercise self-control on the smart phone, so I felt God say to switch to a flip phone for now. Do I believe this is permanent? No, but it is helping me realize that even a smart phone can get in the way with our race with God and relationships with others.
I look forward to partnering with the Holy Spirit in adding back the spiritual disciplines I have already practiced in a balanced way.
Prayer: Father, I pray for discipline in all of our lives. And Holy Spirit, I pray you teach us how to use discpline in our everyday lives. Help us to recognize this is a long race we are in and that we are in it for the long haul. No matter the cost. I ask all this in Jesus name. Amen.