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Before we engage in learning the strategies and tactics we need to survive and thrive in our spiritual lives, we must first fix our eyes on the God who fought for us. The greatest fighters are those who know they have been fought for.
The spiritual life is one movement with two parts. It is a movement away from things that promote isolation from God. It is a movement toward things that promote intimacy with God. Sanctification puts certain ways of living to death so other ways of living can thrive.
What we think about will determine what we care about. And what we care about, we will chase. We must be aware of the propaganda campaign of the Enemy so we can actively choose who influences our thinking, our loving, and our living.
The disciplines exist to position myself to enjoy my relationship of devotion with the Lord who made a covenant to love me. It is duty with the aim of delight. Activity with the end goal of cultivating intimacy.