The Lord admonished Israel to love Him with all of their hearts, and then told them to constantly have reminders of Him wherever they went. He specifically said, “these … are to be on your heart.” In Deuteronomy 11:18, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds.” And in Deuteronomy 30:14, … the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” And the very well known, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Memorization of Scripture is not what justifies us before God, but it is a major spiritual discipline. Paul states that “those who live according to the Spirit, set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” I have included some verses that are of value to memorize; as well, passages that I meditate on regularly.
I have had an interest in Spirituality for most of my life. As a pastor, I learned that organized religion was one of the biggest barriers to spiritual growth. As a result, I no longer have any affiliation to a denomination or local church. Church is not about a building, but it is about community. Please do not misunderstand me? I am not against people who go to church, nor do I look down on the practice. The imperative is spiritual community. The problem, though, is community is mistaken for a consensus of agreement concerning a set of beliefs. Similarly, unity is mistaken for uniformity. It is my intention to create a spiritual community here. My aim is to provide a Christian perspective from a biblically-centered and, specifically, Pauline emphasis on righteousness by faith.
Spiritual formation is a man-made concept and is actually anti-Christ. People who are into spiritual formation are completely sincere in their desire to be spiritual, they are merely sincerely wrong about how to go about it. Incidentally, I am aware that some will think I am advocating passivity, when walking in the Spirit is an active trust in the Almighty. It moves us to a spiritual arena that calls for fighting the fight of faith.