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30 Spiritual Disciplines to stay strong in Christian Life

Updated on October 20, 2011

Finding Your Way

The Essence of Faith

So how do you capture the essence of faith and stay strong in the face of adversity?

Following our convictions is not an easy task. Growing in our faith and towards spiritual maturity, we rely on ourselves to accomplish our goals. Listening to wise counsel should be common. Finding strength in divine disciplines produces success in life.

To be actually living and growing in the spirit, one must adhere to the Bible’s teachings.

Along the way, we sometimes forget what is really important. Setting our sights on what we see, we become distracted by worldly visions. It’s easy to do, the world is all around us, and we are living here today.

Living by the following principles, here’s a collection of 30 spiritual disciplines to direct your path that will change your life. Practice with patience and given the right attitude, these will lead you down the path of spiritual maturity.

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30 Spiritual Displines

  1. Review your motives
  2. Remove all pride
  3. Practice discernment
  4. Study the word, daily
  5. Pray often
  6. Seek wisdom and truth
  7. Speak the truth in love, always.
  8. Open your heart to wise counsel
  9. Practice forgiveness
  10. Let go of the past. Don’t bring up past mistakes. Let it be, long ago and well forgotten.
  11. Encourage and be encouraged
  12. Sow in solid ground.
  13. Plant a seed and watch it grow, become a mentor
  14. Keep your mind set on things above
  15. Become an effective witness
  16. Mediate on restlessness
  17. Find a mentor
  18. Listen to wisdom of the elderly
  19. Show respect and kindness
  20. Give back and pay it forward
  21. Speak your mind with shear conviction
  22. Let the words you speak lift up another and not tear them down
  23. Follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit
  24. Be an honorable person
  25. Be a good friend
  26. Be a great family member
  27. Be a respectable individual
  28. Be an authentic soul
  29. Leave a legacy
  30. Believe.

Not everyone may have the gift of speaking or the nature of mission work, however each person is gifted.

The Bible teaches us that all believers are equipped with Spiritual Gifts.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” - Galatians 5:22-25

We all fall short and we will never be good enough, but God has changed that for us. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer of Christ, and that power is within. Tapping into this power opens your faith and grows your wisdom.

What causes God distress, when a genuine believer is no longer effective? When that person gives up.

“The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” - Mark 8:11-12

Why do we need God to show us a sign before we listen to his word? Put these into practice and then watch God work in your life.

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      EverettW 6 years ago

      Great article, got a question though. Is being spiritual, different than being religous. I ask that question because as I have gotten older, I have gotten more spiritual I feel. But I mean that as being more in tune with people, myself, and living the right way. It does seem I have shyed away from religion a tad bit. So is it a difference. Great hub. Check out mind if you have time.

      Everett Winchester

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      I believe spirituality comes from within. God places the gifts of the Holy Spirit within us so we may grow in our spirituality.

      To me, being religious doesn't constitute much. Religion is the traditions held up over the years but who can say what is right or wrong. Only the Bible speaks the truth.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      cloudy_cool 6 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely article! I cannot practice all this at once but will be taking away a few with me today, especially 'Practice forgiveness'...

      Thanks for sharing this with us FaithDream =)

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks for your comments cloudy cool. It takes years of practice and I'm still not there yet.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I like the way you outlined this article with your list. You made it easy to read. Thanks for sharing.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you revmjm, that means a lot.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Finding a mentor or a guru is one of my fav's. That usually tends to give a direction in the times of plight. Interesting hub!

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