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The Discipline(s) of Silence and Solitude

The Discipline(s) of Silence and Solitude “Electing to step free from human relationships for a period of time, in isolation or anonymity, to make room for the occupation of God in our lives,” Dallas Willard. A spiritual discipline is a holy habit. Christians do not automatically grow into maturity by attending church services. The truth of the matter is that spiritual growth and maturity is intentional. It requires a commitment to grow. A person must want to grow, decide to grow, and make an effort to grow. Christians over the years have learned that certain disciplines and practices help them keep the spiritual channels open and help keep the heart turned toward God. These disciplines can’t save; they can’t even by themselves make you a holy person. But they can heighten your desire and awareness and love of God by tearing down the barriers you put up and some that others put up for you. What makes something a ‘spiritual discipline’ is that it takes a specific part of your way of life and turns it over toward God. A spiritual discipline is, when practiced faithfully and regularly, a habit or regular pattern in your life that repeatedly brings you back to God and opens you up to what God is saying to you. Frye wrote that a spiritual discipline is a “human activity that creates a space or setting for God to work.” We have looked at the discipline of Bible Intake, prayer, worship, and fasting. This week we will look at the twin disciplines of solitude and silence. Solitude is the discipline of withdrawal from others for spiritual purposes....

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