The world needs you and I to be fully alive and growing in love, character, and the lifestyle of Jesus! To do that we need the power of the Holy Spirit. Connecting to that power requires practicing spiritual disciplines, which allow the Holy Spirit to work through and empower us. By themselves, these actions are nothing but busy work. When we approach them as spiritual disciplines, when we utilize them as part of our spiritual walk, they become a direct action to help us connect with the the blessings and will of God.
God’s power is made perfect in our weakness (2. Cor. 12:9) and becomes visible through our growth. This means our path to leadership must always be directed by a humble dependence on God.
Let me say it this way. You HEART needs to be fully involved in this process of spiritual growth. Open your heart as you come to encounter. Open your heart in each of the sessions, and during the times of prayer and solitude. Approach your spiritual growth plan and Bible study after the Encounter weekend with an open heart. When you open your heart, you invite God in to do AMAZING things in your life!
Disciplines of the Holy Spirit
The disciplines of the Holy Spirit help us draw near to God, reach out for Him, and give up our earthly encumbrances. They help us become more like Jesus while growing into the Heart of God.
Blessings of Being Filled with the Holy Spirit
- Greater love and intimacy with God
- Exaltation of Jesus as Son of God and Savior
- Power and Boldness to Witness and Preach
- Greater wisdom and faith
- Deep joy
- Release of spiritual gifts for ministry
- Victory over sin and temptation
- Effectiveness and power in prayer.
- Quiet confidence during opposition
- Deeper trust in Scripture as the Word of God
- Renewed zeal for evangelism
- Fresh love of Christ and others.
Disciplines of Surrender
The disciplines of surrender strengthen God’s authority in our lives.
- Repentance and Confession
- Yielding and Submission
Disciplines of Solitude
The disciplines of solitude help us grow closer to God by choosing to intentionally be alone, away from human interaction and distraction.
- Solitude and Silence
- Listening and Guidance
- Prayer and Intercession
- Study and Mediation
Disciplines of Service
The act of fellowship, connecting with other believers, also connects us to the Holy Spirit. The relationships we intentionally build directly impact our relationship with God.