Introducing Habits for Our Holiness
Welcome to the pre-game for Quarter 2!
Habits for Our Holiness Officially begins on Monday, April 5! This week we want to prepare you. First, go get your book! Second get you a bible and journal. Third, join us here on the blog every Monday.
We recommend having a journal handy. Take all the notes. Record what God is saying to you through this book study. Journal your way through the next 3 months. And hold on to the book so you can see your growth. If you went through Spiritually Strong with us, then Habits for Our Holiness builds on.
The goal of this book and the study we will be doing? To allow the spiritual disciplines to grow us up, draw us together, and send us out. Our schedule for April through the end of July is to spend each week focused on ONE chapter. This week we will tackle the Introduction. One of the greatest sentences in the introduction is:
" All of our biblical skills, prayers, spiritual disciplines, and relationships are used by God as tools to make us holy, make us unified in Him, and set us on fire for His mission."
But what does spiritual discipline mean? It is mental and physical acts and habits that express our love for God and fosters a greater display of His glory in our lives and a deeper understanding of His character and agenda. This definition explains precisely why we study the bible, why we pray, why we fast, why we tithe, why we even exercise and eat healthy (as a means of caring for these temples we reside in.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Our purpose in holiness is to worship God, to know and be known by Him. Then this relationship and intimacy bears fruit. That fruit prepares us to teach others to love God. That fruit exhorts us to God-centered discipleship. That fruit keeps us disciplined and within the will of God. That fruit fosters unwavering faith. The kind of faith that is not shaken in a storm. Discipline is not oppression, it helps us to have godly boundaries. It helps us to know the difference between right, almost right, and wrong.
There are times when God will call us to separation while He prunes us. But it should not be for forever. We are called to be a light on a hill. That hill isn't in a closet or hidden but out in the open where we can shine light even in the darkest of places and the light can draw others near.
We are thankful you are taking this journey with us. Please be sure to come back next week, as we study through Chapter 1. See you next week!