Feb 10, 2021 (7pm), we continue our Bible Study on the theme, “Pray my strength in the Lord.” We will broadcast on both ZOOM and FaceBook Live. There is also a call-in number below for those wishing to share in the study by phone.
Our guide, Seven Exercises for Spiritual Strength, outlines 7 practical things we wish to employ to grow strong in the Lord. You will notice that by design the document does not contain any scripture, and it will be each of our responsibility as part of the study, to find supporting Biblical scripture for all seven exercises. While we will go through the exercises in order, it will not be unusual for us to spend more than one week on a particular exercise. Your input will be vital to a robust study and help all of us see how the scriptures support the 7 exercises as stated. The Sunday sermons will be fueled by our discussions.
TONIGHT’s focus will be Exercise 3. Each day, we are all inundated with messaging from TV, radio, internet, news and social media. In this Covid19 and socially distanced environment, we feel especially obligated to to stay connected and keep up with current events. The problem with all this attention to media is we are zapped in spirit having to juggle our attention to do the necessary things for life and tend to the stimuli appropriately. Scripture teaches that there has to be balance in our lives and sometimes we must disconnect from the additional stimuli to remain spiritually strong and healthy. As you read through the scriptures for the week, take notice of the environment and the spiritual strength of the Biblical characters who disconnected: Read 1 Kings 19:7-13, Matthew 4:1-11, & Revelation 1:9-20, and consider the following questions–
- In 1 Kings 19, how did Elijah disconnect from all that was bothering him and what was the resulting outcomes?
- Read Matthew 4:1-11; Who led Jesus to the wilderness? What can you define as a place of wilderness for your life today?
- Where is John when he gets the inspiration of the Revelation? Why do you think the place is important?
- What is another ONE WORD religious practice that we can employ to participate in this particular exercise?
3. REDUCE DISTRACTIONS (TV, RADIO, INTERNET, NEWSPAPER)
Media can fill your mind with thousands of ads, episodes, and events that are nowhere near vital to living your best life. When you reduce the absorption of participating in these activities, there is far less manufactured stimuli being fed in, and your brain has a chance to be silent. These moments of silence gives you an opportunity to strengthen your spiritual connection and those around you.
And if you’re not ready to give these things up or reduce your intake (we understand), just try to sharpen your focus on what you DO want to see (like Power of Positivity), rather than what you don’t.