Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 1 (1 Timothy 4:7-8)

Have you ever been driving down the road and run out of gas? It usually happens at night, on a dark deserted road when you’re all alone! We never expect to run out of gas, it always sneaks up on us. This is because when we know we are running low on fuel we don’t have to be convinced of the importance of filling our tank. Our focus turns to getting ourselves to the nearest gas station as quickly as possible, even if we have to double back.

Why do we often forget to fill our spiritual gas tank? Why do we often find ourselves on empty? It’s usually because we rarely check our fuel gauge, and we often need to be reminded of the importance of filling our tank. In our new series “Running on Empty” we will explore several key spiritual disciplines and how we can keep the tank full.

1 Timothy 4:7-8 “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

Praise (Psalm 150:1-2)

As we come to the close of the year, many of us take time to reflect on our past year and resolve for the upcoming year. Oftentimes, in our reflecting and resolving, we focus on different practices that need to be changed or continued as we move into the new year. While this is important, God is calling us deeper. During this time of ends and beginnings, let us shift our focus from examining practices to asking God to examine something much deeper–the posture of our heart. One prime thing that sheds light onto the posture of our heart is asking God to examine the state of our PRAISE.

1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Psalm 150:1-2