Spiritual Self-Care by Min. Irving


A.  Spiritual Self-Care is the continued maintenance that a Believer applies to him or herself to “glorify God in the body and spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor 6:20, NKJV). I also think of Jesus’ exhortation in John 14, “Let not your heart be troubled.” “Care” stems from the heart, and the instruction admonishes a personal responsibility to guard, protect, preserve, and maintain oneself spiritually.

B. Three examples of Spiritual Self-Care:

  1. Meditation (Ps 1:2)
  2. Obedience (Heb 13:17)
  3. The discipline of Diet (1 Cor 6:12-20)

C. 7- Personal Spiritual Disciplines:

  1. Fasting
  2. Prayer
  3. Morality (purity)
  4. Self-control (over speech)
  5. Giving
  6. Meditation
  7.  Obedience 

D. 3- Spiritual Disciplines of Dr. King:

  1. Obedience 
  2. Giving
  3. Meditation (study)

E. “Prayer” and “Fasting” are both independent and collective aspects of Spiritual Discipline that can always be an area of further submission unto God. I like to start my day with prayer, but I don’t always end my day with prayer — being more intentional about honoring God before I close my eyes would add to my Spiritual Self-Discipline. This year, I don’t want only to increase the frequency of fasting, but find more efficient ways to fast — what else can I give up during the fast? And in the discipline of “Giving,” being more intentional about asking the Lord how I should give of my Time, Talent, and Treasure — how can I please God rather than make my offerings to Him out of obligation? 

Humbly shared by:
Minister Irving

Posted in Spiritual Formation 1-20/2020.