SPIRITUAL PILLARS – COMMITMENT – v040516
In terms of spiritual discipline I commit to :
(the following examples and details are not meant for me to brag on what I am doing but rather to inspire people to grow in each realm plus each one needs to know what he / she is called to although we are called to grow in each of these realms, we are not called to compare each other but rather to inspire each other and to motivate each other)
Fasting Mondays and Tuesdays, I usually fast lunch time. This is only helpful if I understand why I fast: to be hungry of more of God and not let the pleasures of this earth satisfy me! I highly recommend reading:
“The rewards of fasting” free download on: http://www.mikebickle.org.edgesuite.net/MikeBickleVOD/Books/Book_-_The_Rewards_of_Fasting_-_Mike_Bickle.pdf
I have only been doing this since 3 years and although I know how helpful and beneficial it is, I still hate doint it each week. It kills my flesh! That’s probably why it’s so good for me to do it! I know some people fast for longer periods and up to 40 days, I have never (yet) done such thing.
Prayer – the FOUR pillars of prayer
I believe praying is like a muscle which needs to develop. As new-born spiritual converts praying 10 minutes may seem like a long time… As we grow we pray longer periods of time and then we want to keep this ongoing movement between heaven and earth. With music and enjoyable, I have experienced up to 4 hours in a row of joyful prayer and engaging with God. As a disciple of Christ, I commit to…
Personal prayer in tongues: praying in tongues as much as possible but for sure when I wake up and when I’m in the car of in the prayer room or doing shopping. I especially commit to praying in tongues with boldness during the HOP sets, when spontaneous singing is encouraged. Praying-singing the Bible out loud.
1 Cor. 14.18: I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
1 Cor. 14.4: Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.
Personal prayer for myself and others: going over my prayer lists each day and every week. This discipline keeps me focused and I can write down the fruits, answers and progress in different realms (couple, family, extended family, needs, churches, cities, businessmen/marketplace people, healing, HOP’s…)
Focus – Faithfulness – Discipline
James 5.16: Faithfulness. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
effective: #1757 energoumene: which accomplishes, which works, which influences
Mat. 5.44: But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Acts 6.4: But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Col. 4.2: Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Col. 4.12: Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
An antidote to anxiety! (counteracting the effects of poison )
Phil. 4.6: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Personal prayer implication: I want to grab and seize opportunities I have to suggest prayer. It can be for my brothers and sisters encountering needs or non-believers. In terms of Christians, it can be after a discussion, at church, through social media or any other opportunity. I especially commit, when meeting with Christians, to try to keep the conversation focused on Jesus especially when we eat a meal together and suggest prayer almost every time before we leave each other. For non-believers, it is mainly in shops, on the street or the restaurant, my piano teacher.
Luke 18.41: “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.”
I commit to praying on each set that I attend, especially rapid fires and when the mic is open. I love to prepare my prayers thanks to apostolic prayers and relating them to the different topics.
Acts 1.14: All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together
1 Tim. 4.13: Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
Using Scripture to pray on the mic: I like to use the Bible to pray during corporate intercession. Bible language unites people, transforms our minds and gives us the right focus and especially God’s promises and perspective on all situations
Using Scripture to pray my different prayer topics: My prayer lists contain the Bible promises for each situation (abundance, healing, reconciliation, provision, peace, joy, guidance…). I align my requests to God’s will and vision and not the contrary! I don’t want God to grant my dreams because I don’t even know what is good for me but I want to receive God’s dreams and then pray them. The promises of the Word are always YES and AMEN!
Meditating the Word – Journaling: I love to meditate the Word, that is small portions that I copy, color, underline, summarize, paraphrase, rephrase, reference and illustrate.
Reading the Bible stories: In order to read larger portions of the Bible, I have chosen like 10 starting points in the Bible where I read from. This enables me to read in the Old and New Testament and to have a global view of the Bible, thus being complementary to meditating small portions
Preparing teachings: I love to prepare teachings even when I’m not teaching. Having a hand-full of prepared teachings, whether preaching them or not is helpful, nourishing and very gratifying! God speaks to me… and to you! ,-)
Four pillars of Bible study / meditation:
- There is ONE Bible: reading the Bible as a whole, from beginning to end. Reading books on the “Survey of the Biblical Narrative”.
Paul recounting the whole story of the Bible:
- There is ONE Book: like Acts, the book of Daniel, Matthew…. understanding a whole book. Have a comprehension of the storyline and the purpose of the book. One of the 66 books of the Bible.
Paul recounting the whole story of Genesis or Exodus:
- There is ONE Chapter: like summarizing a chapter, understanding a chunk, a portion. The context of the book and the place it takes in the Bible.
Jesus quoting the chapter of…
- Ther is depth in ONE Verse: cross-reference, strong-numbers, dig, re-write, write, color, draw, sing…
Jesus quoting Isaiah…
Eric Tendon – Sherbrooke – May 2016 ©
luminomodul’s & lume’s – teachings through module’s and light ©