Spiritual Disciplines for Tough Times 1


I will be posting some ideas for maintaining spiritual disciplines during this tough time. Our life is shaped by our thoughts, and if we keep dwelling on the crisis it will overwhelm us. We need to keep our minds fixed on God not the problems. Most of this will be from Liberty 201, but I will try to apply it to our current situation.

This is a great time to memorize God’s Word. Hiding God’s Word in out hearts gives us a well of strength from which we can draw in the coming days.

How to Memorize a Verse:

1. Pick a verse that speaks to you

2. Say the reference before and after the verse

3. Read the verse aloud many times! Record it!

4. Break the verse into natural phrases

5. Emphasize key words when quoting the verse

6. Write down the verse and erase a word, one at a time

7. Write out the verse on a flash card

8. Carry some cards with you at all times for review

9. Display your verses in prominent places.

10. Always memorize the verse word perfect

11. Put the verse to music. Write a song!

12. Get a partner so you can check each other

Some suggested scriptures:
Living the New Life:
Christ the center 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20
Obedience to Christ Romans 12:1; John 14:21
God’s Word 2 Timothy 3:16; Joshua 1:8
Prayer John 15:7; Philippians 4:6-7
Fellowship Matthew 18:20; Hebrews 10:24
Witnessing Matthew 4:19; Romans 1:16

Proclaiming Christ:
Sin in our world Romans 3:23; Isaiah 53:6
Sin’s penalty Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27
Christ paid the penalty Romans. 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18
Salvation not by works Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5
Must receive Christ John 1:12; Revelation 3:20
Assurance of salvation 1 John 5:13; John 5:24

Relying on God’s Resources:
His Spirit 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12
His strength Isaiah 41:10; Philippians 4:13
His faithfulness Lamentations 3:22; Numbers 23:19
His peace Isaiah 26:3; 1Peter 5:7
His provision Romans 8:32; Philippians 4:19
His help in temptation Hebrews 2:18; Psalm 119: 9,11

Being Christ’s Disciple:
Put Christ first Matthew 6:33; Luke 9:23
Separate from the world 1 John 2:15-16; Romans 12:2
Be steadfast 1 Corinthians 15:58; Hebrews 12:3
Serve others Mark 10:45; 2 Corinthians 4:5
Give generously Proverbs 3:9-10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Develop world vision Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-20

Growing in Christ Likeness:
Love John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:18
Humility Philippians 2:3-4; 1 Peter 5:5-6
Purity Ephesians 5:3; 1 Peter 2:11
Honesty Leviticus 19:11; Acts 24:16
Faith Hebrews 11:6; Romans 4:20-21
Good works Galatians 6:9-10; Matthew 5:16

Make this a family activity. Write it out on a card or on a whiteboard and surround your family with God’s Word. your family will grow strong in this season and find protection in God’s Word!

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