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Part 19 -The Disciplines of the Spirit Discipline Nine: Practicing Solitude

Posted on July 7, 2019

PNEUMATIKOS: People Of The Spirit - Part 19 - July 7th, 2019

The Disciplines of the Spirit

Discipline Nine: Practicing Solitude

We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity. Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible.  It wears us out by multiplying distractions and beats us down destroying our solitude, where otherwise we might drink and renew our strength before going out to face the world again.  “The thoughtful soul to solitude retires,” said the poet of other and quieter times; but where is the solitude to which we can retire today?  “Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still,” is a wise and healing counsel; but how can it be followed in this day of the newspaper, the telephone, the radio and television?  These modern playthings, like pet tiger cubs, have grown so large and dangerous that they threaten to devour us all.                         ~A.W. TOZER, 1897 - 1963

BIG IDEA: Here we will consider the wisdom and benefits of regularly experiencing both the private, personal presence of God and personal time and space away from life’s daily demands.  Without this occasional solitude, life, work and service will become a blare, producing discouragement, distraction and defeat.  But if we will regularly implement this countercultural practice, life will be recharged with energy and spiritual dynamism.

BIG PEOPLE PRACTICE: The practice of solitude is neither an attempt to escape reality nor a retreat from responsibility.  Rather, it is the biblical response to the timeless reality that the demands of duty, the swirl of activities, the pressures of circumstance and the tyranny of the urgent tend to converge on us all.  In the midst of a busy ministry, Jesus established a pattern—a rhythm—that teaches His disciples a principle that secures balance and helps us retain proper priorities as People of the Spirit.

Text: Mark 1:35; 6:30-32

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Making Time for Solitude and Sabbath…

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Digging Deeper: My Personal Reflections...

Engage the text: Ask questions to see what answers the Scriptures provide: who, what, when, where, and how?

Know the text: What's the meaning for the original audience and then what is the meaning for me?

Listen, let the text speak: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me?

Meditate on the message: take note of what word or phrase stands out to you. Come back to that word or phrase throughout the day, being present to its impact and invitation.

Live in light of the text: Being: what does this say about my identity?  Doing: what are some actions for me to obey this week in order to maximize the impact of this message?

Share: If you were to share with a friend, in a sentence or two, a key insight from today’s message, what would that be?