Practice Secret Disciplines — Part 4

October 24, 2022

What we set our focus on will determine how we live. A temporal focus will rob us of that which really matters. Are there areas of your life in which you have a temporal focus? Listen as Nate and Gabe give encouragement on how to walk with an eternal focus and thus treasure what God values. 

In Matthew 6, Jesus commands us to give, pray, and fast in secret. Why in secret? When we practice these disciplines in secret, it cultivates an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father and a mature focus of living to please Him alone. In this command we see a beautiful aspect of the heart of God — He desires to draw us into a relationship with Himself and to free us from the bondage that comes from living for the recognition of men.

  • Gabe Cleator, Host

    Gabe Cleator loves Jesus and desires to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with Christ as the All-Sufficient One. Gabe holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, is author of the book Always and in Everything, and currently serves as the director of the Home Discipleship Network under the ministry of IBLP. His passion is to see God’s people turn back to a vibrant, living Christianity that has Christ at the center and the Word as the foundation. Gabe and his wife, Sara, live in East Texas where they enjoy serving the Lord together and spending time in the great outdoors, taking fishing trips or visiting National Parks.

  • Nate Paine, Host

    Nate Paine loves pointing people to God’s Word. After giving his life to the Lord at age 11, he has carried Isaiah 61:1–3 as his life verses, following God’s call to “preach good tidings unto the meek,” “bind up the brokenhearted,” “proclaim liberty to the captives,” and offer beauty for ashes through the Person and work of Christ. Nate completed his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministries, has served in prison ministry, and mentored many young men through the Journey to the Heart program. Today, he lives with his wife and four children in East Texas where he serves on staff with IBLP and the Home Discipleship Network. In his spare time, you may find Nate reading his favorite authors (Andrew Murray and A.W. Tozer), perfecting his pour-over coffee brewing, or adventuring with his children—preferably with fishing poles in hand.

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