The Importance of Spiritual Disciplines – Foundations of a Worldview

By T.M. Moore - Posted at The Christian Observer:

Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us….” Exodus 32:1

Spiritual disciplines are those activities and exercises we submit to which allow us to train our souls and bodies for enjoying a proper relationship with the God of the covenant.

The natural inclination of our minds, hearts, consciences, and lives is to seek out something other than God to be devoted to, and to walk in paths other than those which He has marked out for us in His Law. This is the unseen work of sin within our souls. If we are ever going to be the kind of people who may expect to know the glory and blessings of God, we must apply ourselves to the disciplines God prescribes for us.

We’re all in some ways like the people waiting at the foot of the mountain for God to come down. That smoke and light display a bit earlier was pretty amazing. And those Ten Commandments, yep, they could see how that would be to their advantage. When Moses headed back up the mountain to receive additional information about the covenant God was making with His people, Israel seemed ready to go as the nation God had redeemed for Himself.

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