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• Disciplines of Abstinence
• The spiritual disciplines of abstinence reveal the nature of the battle between the flesh and the spirit. By abstaining from food, social interaction, or sleep, we are "exercising" our spiritual muscles against the lower nature. It is like lifting weights; silly in itself, but useful to prepare us for real physical tests in the future. The things we abstain from in the spiritual disciplines are not evil; it is for the sake of the exercise that we deny ourselves; to prepare us for real temptation--tomorrow, or the next day.
1 Cor 6:12 (KJV) All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
• The disciplines of abstinence give us much needed experience and insight into the spiritual battle going on within us, and the lessons learned cannot be taught any other way. What is it like to say "No" to the lower nature? What tricks will it play? The way in which desire, habit, distraction, and other factors effect you will not be like anyone else. You must learn by doing how to live in holiness before God in your body. The disciplines of abstinence are an opportunity to train in safety.
1 Pet 2:11 (Phi) I beg you, as those whom I love, to live in this world as strangers, and "temporary residents", to keep clear of the desires of your lower natures, for they are always at war with your souls.
1 Pet 1:13 (NIV) Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled...
Disciplines of Engagement
• Dallas Willard defines the spiritual disciplines of engagement as the routine Christian activities of prayer, study, and meditation that are especially powerful in combination with the disciplines of abstinence. Disciplines of abstinence counteract tendencies to sins of commission, disciplines of engagement counteract tendencies to sins of omission [James 4:17]. They are often mentioned in combination in Scripture. "This is the outbreathing and inbreathing of spiritual training."
Gal 5:16-17 (Phi) Here is my advice: Live your whole life in the Spirit and you will not satisfy the desires of your lower nature. For the whole energy of the lower nature is set against the Spirit, while the whole power of the Spirit is contrary to the lower nature. Here is the conflict, and that is why you are not able to do what you want to do...
Rom 8:12-13 (Phi) So then, my brothers, you can see that we owe no duty to our sensual nature, or to live life on the level of instincts. Indeed that way of living leads to certain spiritual death. But if on the other hand you cut the nerve of your instinctive actions by obeying the Spirit, you will live.
2 Tim 2:21 (NIV) If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
• Following is a biblical sampler of three of the main disciplines of abstinence: fasting, solitude, and watching.
FASTING: Abstinence from Food
Ester 4:16 (NIV) ...Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king...
Luke 5:35 (NIV) "But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, in those days they will fast."
Mat 6:16-17 (RSV) "And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward."
Acts 13:3 (NIV) So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
SOLITUDE: Abstinence from Social Interaction
Mark 1:35 (NIV) Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Mark 6:46 (RSV) And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
Isa 30:15 (NIV) ...in repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength...
Mat 12:19 (Phi) He shall not strive or cry aloud; Neither shall anyone hear his voice in the streets.
Mark 6:31 (NIV) "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
WATCHING: Abstinence from Sleep
Luke 6:12 (NIV) One of those days Jesus went out into the hills to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
Mat 26:38,40 (Phi) ...he told them, "stay here and keep watch with me."... He spoke to Peter, "Couldn't you three stay awake with me for a single hour? Watch and pray, all of you, that you may not have to face temptation. Your spirit is willing, but human nature is weak."
Luke 22:45-46 (NIV) When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. "Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."
Col 4:2 (Jer) Be persevering in your prayers and be thankful as you stay awake to pray.
Luke 12:37 (NIV) "It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes..." [watching here, and in the next verse, is used figuratively.]
Mark 13:36-37 (NIV) "If he comes suddenly, don't let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!'"
• Other disciplines of abstinence include: silence, frugality, chastity, and sacrifice.
• Next we will look at three disciplines of engagement: prayer, study, and meditation.
PRAYER: Conversing with God
1 Pet 4:7 (NIV) The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
Eph 6:18 (Jer) Pray all the time, asking for what you need, praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion. Never get tired of staying awake to pray for all the saints.
Acts 1:14 (Phi) By common consent these... devoted themselves to prayer.
Deut 4:7 (NIV) ...The Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him...
1 Thes 5:17,19 (Phi) Never stop praying... Never damp the fire of the Spirit.
STUDY: Seeking/Searching for God
Acts 17:11 (LB) ...They searched the Scriptures day by day to check up on Paul and Silas' statements to see if they were really so.
1 Thes 5:21 (LB) But test everything that is said to be sure it is true, and if it is, then accept it.
2 Tim 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Mat 7:7 (NIV) "Ask and it will be given unto you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened."
Heb 11:6 (Phi) ...The man who approaches God must have faith in two things, first that God exists and secondly that God rewards those who search for him.
2 Tim 3:16-17 (Phi) All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the faith and correcting error, for resetting the direction of a man's life and training him in good living. The scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God, and fit him fully for all branches of his work.
MEDITATION: Waiting and Reflecting on God
Ps 119:97 (NIV) Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
Ps 48:9 (NIV) Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.
Ps 145:5 (NIV) ...I will meditate on your wonderful works.
Ps 130:6 (NIV) My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen wait for the morning...
Ps 27:14 (NIV) Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Ps 46:10 (NIV) Be still and know that I am God...
• Other disciplines of engagement include: worship, fellowship, service, and confession.
• Missing The Holy Spirit...
The purpose of this study is to bring our minds "in line with" God's word. The danger in studying the spiritual disciplines is that we might ever practice them without the leading of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of impressing men, with the "spirit of religion". On the other hand, I suspect we often thwart the Holy Spirit's leading, because we are ignorant of what is likely to be asked of us...
How many times has God disturbed our sleep with someone in mind? And we "count sheep" or take a sleeping-pill instead of watching and praying. How many sermons have we heard that don't sit well with us? And yet we ignore the Spirit's prompting to study God's word and thus end up with a faulty knowledge of God. How many earnest prayers go unanswered because we refuse to practice the discipline of fasting? How many ugly things do we say to those we love because we are not being obedient to the Spirit's call to spend some time alone?
The yoke of Jesus may indeed be easy, but we keep throwing it off! Our lower natures are in control and running rampant! This is not following Christ's way of living. Small wonder that our growth is stunted, and real holiness an illusive dream.
If the Spirit led Jesus and every "saint of note" to consistently practice the Spiritual Disciplines so that they could live life to the full, shouldn't we expect the same leading if we are truly His disciples?
It is my prayer that this study will help prepare our minds so that we will not miss the Spirit's call. Lord, burden our hearts to repent and truly follow you. Give us another chance to hear your voice!

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