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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.
There is no shame in declaring that we need the support structure of a vital community. We need pastors, marriage counselors, business mentors, and encouraging friends in order to win in life. God rigged it that way. In fact, one of God’s greatest gifts to us is, “us.”