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Sermon 142 "Solitude the Secret to Spiritual Growth"

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In this lesson, we'll examine the value of solitude, private devotions, and contemplation for our growth in spirituality and closeness to God.

Our "religious persona" or "spiritual self" often kicks in only when we are in church, around other believers, or participating in a Christian event. As soon as we go back into our ordinary secular lives, how much of our spirituality remains in full force?

How much time do we spend alone, in a desolate place, away from the hubub and noise of our world? How much time do we spend in isolation, in the presence of God, undisturbed by people, the media, and secular influences?

Some people think that to be a good Christian witness, we have to be immersed in society. They think that separation from society is a sin. Being a hermit, even for a short time for a specific reason, means you are no longer shining as a light in the world, but have retreated from humanity.

I suspect that some of these people advocate remaining in society because they're materialistic and want to have one foot in the world and one foot in the Word of God. They want the best of both realms.

They condemn the ascetics, hermits, and desert monks for their separation from normal human interactions. But often, these saints needed to get away from both society and church, as both realms of life were horribly corrupt.

Depending on Christian fellowship in churchly environments can make us spiritually superficial. It is good to get away, to go off on your own and be alone with God.

This practice of solitude and contemplation can make a huge difference in your soul and your walk with Christ.

Let's look at how Jesus, Paul, and Jeremiah used solititude to deepen their spirituality.

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