Spiritual Disciplines for Spiritual Growth

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Practicing spiritual disciplines will help you grow in your faith and become more spiritually mature as you draw closer to God. They are called disciplines because they do not always come naturally; rather, you must be deliberate and intentional -- disciplined -- in their application.

For this Growth Plan, we have gathered some of our best content on different spiritual disciplines to help you grow in this area. Through this series of posts, you will find out how to implement certain disciplines (like Bible reading, prayer, silence, solitude, worship, and fasting) in your life. You will also learn why they are important and how they will help you cultivate a deeper, more meaningful faith.

01 01

The Discipline of Bible Study

When you want to do the things that make you grow spiritually -- the things that help you draw nearer to God -- your first and best resource is God’s Word.
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02 02

Getting More Out of Your Bible Reading

Learn practical tips for developing a “can’t-wait-to-read-it” attitude and a daily discipline of Bible reading.
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03 03

The Discipline of Biblical Meditation

The more you draw near to God, the more you’ll become the person He intended you to be.
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04 04

The Discipline of Scripture Memorization

When we memorize Scripture, we will have easy access to it when we need the encouragement or direction it provides.
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05 05

The Discipline of Prayer

If the purpose of spiritual disciplines is to bring us into a closer relationship with God, then prayer is a vital discipline.
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06 06

The Attitude of Prayer

Practicing ceaseless prayer means shaping your attitude to always be in tune with what God is showing you and with how He is directing you.
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07 07

The Discipline of Silence

Silence is a valuable spiritual discipline to practice because it gives you space in your life to hear God.
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08 08

Lessons About Silence

You have to be intentional about silence because noise is always there to distract you from hearing God.
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09 09

The Discipline of the Sabbath

Find out why it’s important to keep the Sabbath and how to become more faithful in this spiritual discipline.
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10 10

The Discipline of Worship

Worship is not about us; it’s about our response to God. But more than anything, worship is about God -- who He is and what He does.
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11 11

The Heart of Worship

Worshiping God is another step toward growing in your faith. You reveal your spiritual maturity in life when you stop making everything about you, and you start making everything about someone else.
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12 12

The Discipline of Fasting

Fasting has more to do with attitude than with implementation. It has more to do with the "why" than it does with the "what."
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13 13

Ten Reasons to Fast

Fasting possesses great power. If practiced with the right intention, it creates an intimacy with God that allows you to see Him in a closer way.
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14 14

Why Fasting Is Necessary

Admittedly, fasting is a hard discipline to implement. It is almost impossible to do if you aren’t practicing other spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, worship and Bible reading.
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