40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline: Day 8 – Group Bible Study


45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. (1 Samuel 17:45-46)


God’s word never disappoints. The principles from our Bible Study so far are certainly applicable to a range of challenges that we come up against daily. For the next two days we will explore the application of these Biblical principles to the challenges we face in practising Spiritual Disciplines. Here is a summary of some of the key principles from the David & Goliath story that we can apply to challenges:

  • Make glorifying God our objective, trust Him and have confidence in his ability to guide us;
  • Acquire facts to find out what is really behind the challenge (avoid zeal without knowledge);
  • Seek to see the challenge the way God sees it (spiritual eyes) and use the weaponry he prescribes;
  • Don’t be easily discouraged or distracted as we take on challenges (be persistent).

Now the question is, how can we apply these principles to some of the challenges you highlighted last week when we considered obstacles to practising the Disciplines? Please consider the application questions below.


Today’s Questions:

  1. Several of you identified a lack of desire and competing priorities as two major obstacles to practising the Disciplines. How have you tried to overcome these challenges in the past?
  2. Would any of the principles from the David & Goliath inform your future approach to these challenges?

6 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline: Day 8 – Group Bible Study

  1. For me, I don’t see how a Christian can improve in the disciplines except through prayer. Because GOD is responsible for improving us in our walk – not we ourselves ( in our own strength). We will get all the strength and incentive we need to trust and obey on our knees.

    All those distractions that come against us including lack of desire is from Satan – remembering that we don’t fight against flesh and blood but against evil spirits (see Ephesians 6:12). When we see things through spiritual eyes we can see the real enemy is not busyness or lack of feelings but that we are being fooled by the devil that there just isn’t time or inclination for prayer, worship, bible study etc.

    I hope we cam see it for what is – the devil trying to thwart our spiritual growth – you can never lose eternal salvation – but our Christian walk can be weak and dis-empowered – we will never know the blessedness of a full Christian life – miracles are not only for David – it is (also) for us living today. Know thine enemy!

    Therefore submit yourselves to GOD. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)

    • Thanks gsharpe2014! I totally agree that prayer is essential. I also agree that seeing the obstacles to practising Spiritual Disciplines through spiritual eyes is essential. I would also add though that these two activities should not be used as excuses for complacency and the absence of persistence. For example, sometimes I think I am just plain lazy.

    • It took me and still I get confused about the evil spirit thing as all my life I thought if I just do good –good will follow but I guess I am learning that there is such things as the devil and evil spirits. That is keeping me away from submitting totally.
      Too bad it took so long.
      Life for me is certainly one of Learning something new each day.

      • Yasmin, you are not alone. I used to be very skeptical about the existence of the devil. And even more skeptical that the devil could be actively opposing me in worship. Unfortunately skepticism about the devil is common among Christians.

  2. The closer one is to our Lord, the more active is the devil to turn us away. Resistance and a clear view is a constant prayer. Remember following the footsteps although they somtimes get washed away.

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