The Bible certainly calls on believers to live a life of spiritual discipline, including taking every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. As with many things, the enemy is quick to try to forge a counterfeit that may look and smell the same, but is dangerous if ingested and done with the wrong purpose or methods. “Spiritual Formation” and unbiblical types of meditation are being emphasized more and more within many churches and denominations.
Today, we look at the Word of God to determine the biblical vs. man-made methods through which people seek to have Christ “formed” in us (Galatians 4:19). Without a correct definition and proper methods of “spiritual formation,” we are opening ourselves up to a counterfeit movement of the enemy instead of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Gary Gilley joins us to discuss spiritual formation and his book Out of Formation: Spiritual Disciplines of God and Men.
But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.… Matthew 6:6-8
2 Corinthians 3:18