What Holy Habits Are You Developing?

Holy habits, or spiritual disciplines, are those habits which form the liturgical basis for our communion with Christ on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. If you want to grow in your ability to abide, or commune, in Christ (John 15), then you must learn to identify and develop the holy habits most essential to the task. If you want to be used of God to see the transformation of lives, then you must consciously dedicate yourself to the lifelong pursuit of holy habits. If you want to increase your delight in God and others, then you must be able to focus yourself to consistently create new habits, under the leading of the Spirit, that allow you to enter into God's presence more consistently. 

There is no substitute for abiding in Christ if you want to see the fruit of God displayed in your life. Do you want love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22)? Then you must abide. Do you want to see your spiritual gifts develop (1 Cor. 12-14)? Then you must abide in Christ. Do you desire to see God utilize you in powerful and effective ways for His Kingdom's sake? Then you must abide in Christ. Do you want to more regularly see God show up in amazing ways, not only in your life but the lives of those you interact with? Then you must abide in Christ. 

And the way we learn to abide in Christ is by developing holy habits that lead us into commune with Him. There is no other way. 

Jesus found time in his busy schedule of redeeming Israel and saving the world to develop the holy habits of prayer (Luke 6:12), solitude (Mark 1:35), service (John 13:5), and Scripture memory (Matt. 4), among others. The earliest house churches in Jerusalem practiced holy habits (Acts 2:42-47). Paul's epistles consistently demonstrate his desire to see the churches he began and oversaw develop holy habits of praise and thanksgiving, which he himself practiced. 

You can look throughout church history at the men and women of God who were used by Him in powerfully transformative ways. Billy Graham prayed fervently and studied the Bible. Dallas Willard was so convinced of the efficacy of holy habits that he wrote books on the subject. John Wesley memorized large portions of Scripture and fasted twice a week. St. Benedict developed an entire rule of life designed to incorporate holy habits throughout the day within a specific community. Augustine's holy habit of spiritual writing and teaching impacted all of Western philosophy and theology. 

No matter how you want to be used by God, the path is clear: develop the habits that will allow you to abide in Christ. So, what habits are you developing? Start today.

What holy habits do I recommend the most?

1) Memorize the Scripture (like Jesus, Peter, Paul and most great men and women of faith)

2) Read/Study the Scripture

3) Pray (Praise, Thanks, Confess Sins, Ask)

4) Listen (in silence, perhaps repeating a simple breathe prayer like "God is Love")