Re: Verse reading- Psalm 24:1-6; Ephesians 5:1-16 (day five) Ephesians 5:1 “Therefore be imitators of God… walk in love, just as Christ ”
Spiritual Disciplines- What’s the point? What’s the goal? What’s the “payoff'”? Answer… FREEDOM
Skilled musicians, world-class athletes, expert carpenters, and well-prepared students all demonstrate the “freedom thru discipline” principle. They have a freedom to entertain, exhibit, and excel that others do not.
What about the Freedoms in the Disciplined Christian Life? Freedom to understand and apply Biblical Principles- by memorizing and studying Scripture. Freedom from spiritual insensitivity- by fasting. Freedom from self-centeredness- by service and worship. Freedom from guilt, anger, and consequences- by practicing purity.
The Freedom found in a spiritually disciplined life is: The capacity to recognize and accomplish what God calls us to do, and the opportunity to imitate and display the character qualities of Christ and to glorify God through our own personalities.