Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Elul | August 2023 | Page 11
Spiritual Formation through Spiritual Disciplines
R I C H A R D C L E A R Y
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Once we are saved by grace through faith ( Titus 3:5 ; Eph . 2:8 ; 1 Pet . 1:3 ), how do we cooperate by faith with God ’ s power in the journey of growing up into our salvation ( Titus 2:11-14 ; Phil . 2:12-13 ; 1 Peter 1:9 ; 2:2 ) until that Day when our salvation journey will be completed at the 2nd coming of our King ? ( Phil . 1:6 ; 1 Pet . 1:5 ; Heb . 9:28 ; Rom . 8:23 ; Phil . 3:20-21 ). One answer is by adopting Spiritual Disciplines . But we won ’ t start there .
Sometimes we have major turning points in our formation journey that catalyze our growth , like what happened to me early in my marriage many years ago .
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One Sunday morning , a close friend of mine brought an unexpected disruption to a habit in my speech . It was a morning that I will never forget . Sarah and I had previously lived in the inner city of Orlando . But we had since moved . A family we were friends within the inner city came to visit us for the weekend in Ormond Beach , Florida , about an hour away from Orlando .