Building Discipline and Consistency in Your Spiritual Journey

Show Notes

In the debut episode of “Faithful Fridays,” host Johnny Sanders introduces the new format of the podcast, now airing twice a week. He expresses gratitude to his support team, including his video editor Ian and his virtual assistant Katie. Johnny discusses the purpose of “Faithful Fridays” and its focus on deepening spiritual discussions. He delves into a passage from Galatians 6, emphasizing the importance of discipline and consistency in the Christian journey. Johnny encourages listeners to stay steadfast in doing good and supporting fellow believers. Join him for a journey of growth and encouragement every Monday and Friday on “Faithful Fridays.”

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TIMESTAMPS: 

00:00 Introduction

01:19 Thank Yous

02:33 Public Square Recommendation

04:51 Purpose of “Faithful Fridays” 

07:07 Scripture Focus: Galatians 6:1-10 

11:52 Encouragement to Stay Consistent 

14:13 Call to Support Others 

16:38 Closing Remarks

TRANSCRIPT: 

Hello and welcome everyone to the very first episode of Faithful Fridays. So this is something that I have been planning on doing for, really, a long time. I wanted Faithfully Engaged to be a twice-a-week podcast. In the very beginning, I made sure that it was weekly. If you were listening to me when it was the Truth and Grace Counseling Podcast, it was every other week. And I wanted to make it more often, so I did it weekly on Mondays.

And now I am doing it every Monday and Friday. So today I want to outline a little bit of the purpose of Faithful Fridays, what these are about, and also to give some thanks to a couple of people that I couldn’t do this without them. So, to start, you probably have heard me talk about my video editor, Ian, before. Ian is a personal friend of mine and he’s been doing all of my video editing for—he did the Truth and Grace Counseling podcast.

Faithfully Engaged and he also edits my continuing education classes that I have for other therapists over at Truth and Grace Counseling. So he’s been working with me for a while and again, there’s no way I could get all of these things done without him. There’s just too much editing. I don’t have enough time to do all of that. And somebody else that I wanted to let you know about is my new virtual assistant, Katie. Katie has been on board with me just very recently.

You guys really don’t know how much behind the scenes stuff when you see content creators, when you see podcasters or people making YouTube videos or whatever. You don’t understand that there are a lot of behind-the-scenes things of making thumbnails and making the titles, including all the links, and putting it on schedule to send out. I have that Substack letter that I send out as well. There’s just a lot of

Copying and pasting a lot of little things and I recently hired a virtual assistant. Her name is Katie. She has a great virtual assistant practice called Let Katie Do It. I love that name and she has been helping me out a ton behind the scenes. So I’m very grateful for Katie because there’s no way I could be doing this twice a week without her and Ian. I also found Katie, if none of you are aware of, a place called Public Square.

Johnny Sanders (02:32.398)

I highly recommend Public Square for those of you that maybe you have a business or are just looking for different types of businesses or products and you’re tired of going to places that just hate you, or hate conservative Christian values, Public Square is the place to go. I wouldn’t trust other people with my business. That’s why I found Katie on Public Square. I also found an accountant on Public Square. I mean, there are all sorts of good things out there. So

Yeah, don’t give your money to people who hate you, especially if you’re trusting them with something personal like your business or your finances or something like that. So that’s kind of my thank you section there. Faithful Fridays, I’m sure this is going to evolve over time. This is going to always be just me. Mondays are going to continue to have the interview-type of format. I may do a self-episode here and there on a Monday, but by and large, it’s going to be me conducting interviews.

with people who are actively engaging in life. That’s that engagement part of Faithfully Engaged. They’re doing something. And there are always things that we can learn from other people. So that’s gonna stay the main thing on Monday. Fridays are gonna just be me. And I may switch this up here and there, depending on the week. But right now my idea is to take a, take kind of the subject of something that we talked about on the Monday episode, and we’ll go a little bit deeper into it.

And it’s called Faithful Fridays 1. That’s just some nice alliteration, Faithful Fridays. And it’s in my name there, Faithfully Engaged. But I also want to take this a little bit deeper into the spiritual side. Not all of the guests that I have on are Christian. A good chunk of them are. I certainly tried to tailor some of the discussion to apply to a Christian audience even if the guest is not.

But on Friday, I just want to get a little bit deeper and be a little bit more explicit on some biblical themes and things of that nature. These episodes are going to be a little bit shorter. My new thing on Mondays, most of the new episodes coming out are going to be more around 30-ish minutes. I would love your feedback if you are listening to this and like, hey, I want these interviews to be an hour again. Let me know. I’m always looking for that feedback. But…

Johnny Sanders (04:50.07)

I think a good chunk of people would rather these be a little bit on the shorter end so you can go about your day and catch up on other podcasts and everything. So Mondays are going to be about 30 minutes and I’m planning on Fridays being about 15 ish minutes. We’ll get into a little bit of scripture about different topics going on. I’ll try to give some different practical tips and things that you can be doing but I’m going to keep these fairly brief on the brief end.

15 minutes that allow me to be able to continue to keep content out there. I waited for a while to do twice-a-week content because I didn’t want to put things out there and then go back. Um, I think you’ve probably listened to podcasts where they go through long breaks and things like that, and I just don’t want to do that. I want to be consistent and I know I can do 15 minutes talking to the camera pretty consistently. So be fairly short on this end.

But I would also love your feedback. Whether you’re listening to this on YouTube or Rumble, really gonna start pushing Rumble out there. I’m still gonna post on YouTube, but YouTube doesn’t like me that much. So gonna be pushing Rumble there. But even if you’re just listening to audio only, you can always join on my Substack, which I always have linked down below. You can send a comment on any of the video platforms, or on

X or Instagram, wherever you follow me, I’m always looking for feedback. I just ran a poll this week on X as I’m recording this of just different themes that people would be looking for. So if you’re a constant listener to this and you want some different themes to be talked about, let me know. Again, I want this to be helpful for you all. But all that being said, plan for 15-ish or so minutes. So

Today, I wanted to go a little bit more in-depth into a particular passage of scripture. This is Galatians 6, 1 through 10. The main focus is on Galatians 6, and 9, but I wanted to read all 10 verses to get a little bit more context. The episode that aired this Monday with Aaron was a great episode. We talked about a lot of different great content there, but…

Something that we discussed was about discipline and consistency. We need both of those things if we’re going to be able to be effective. So many Christians and conservatives out there, they can have good ideas and they might have a good thing or two that they do, but you’re not going to make it. You’re not going to make a difference in the world, much less make a difference in your family if you’re not disciplined and consistent.

So let’s read the text here. Let’s read Galatians 6, 1 through 10. I will always be reading out of the ESV version. So this is Galatians 6, 1 through 10 on ESV. So it starts with, brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear…

Sorry, bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work and then his reason to boast will be in himself and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. Let the one who was taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived. God is not mocked.

For whatever one sows, that he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But the one who sows to the spirit will from the spirit reap eternal life. Here’s verse nine. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those

who are of the household of faith. I love this little kind of passage of scripture here in Galatians 6, 1 through 10. And why I chose this to really emphasize that discipline and consistency is just how strong these themes are. We start here in 6.1 of if anyone’s caught in transgression, if they’re caught in sin, that those that are

Use the word here spiritual those that are in a good spiritual healthy mindset. Those that are in church in the word that are not actively in sin can restore him in that spirit of gentleness. I love that word gentleness because these things that I was talking about of consistency and discipline, discipline especially is this word that gets all sorts of terrible connotations.

Sometimes people hear discipline and they automatically think of abuse. And don’t get me wrong, there’s a reason for people thinking that. Sometimes those things, somebody that is abusive will misuse those words and say that it is just discipline when really it’s abuse. But discipline is correction. Discipline is something that we all need. If we’re perfect, if we don’t need any discipline, any correction, what’s the use of Jesus?

Of course we need discipline, we all do. But note here, said that they should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Discipline is not aggressive. It is firm, sure, and it’s firm to biblical standards, but it is not aggressive. It is gentle. This is something that we want to be very cautious with our wording and have our hearts towards trying to direct these brothers or these sisters towards Christ.

Hey, I’ll plug this. If you’re not in a church that has any form of church discipline, you need to either A, be talking to your church or in your next church meeting or whatever, discuss, hey, like, I don’t think we’re doing church discipline. Like we need to get that corrected or we need to be in a church that does do it because every church is full of broken sinners. And we need

to have that discipline, not discipline based off of your pastor’s opinion or your own opinion but on the word. And that needs to be done in that gentle spirit, but it has to be done. And I’ll say this as well, I’ll continue to reiterate this, if you are not in a church, you are not actively living out the Christian life. It is a requirement. You have to have this. You need that discipline in that healthy sense. And

Sometimes maybe you would be involved in that gentle correcting of somebody else But we are meant to do this with other believers But note here that it says keep watch on yourself lest you too be tempted This is where we want to be gentle in that but we go back into that discipline even if you are with a loved one if you are with a Christian brother or sister You need to watch yourself. You need to be disciplined

you’re not gonna do yourself any good by being dragged down by that person who is actively insane. So one thing to be consistent in telling them, hey, you’re out of line, that’s another to be dragged down with them. So watch yourself. If you have been a former alcoholic, it may not be in your best interest to try to pull somebody else out of alcoholism if it’s going to drag you down, if it’s gonna tempt you. Use some wisdom. You’re not a superhero.

You can’t do this all on your own. Pick and choose those battles, and there might be somebody else in the church or their life that might have to try to provide that gentle correction. It’s not on you to fix everybody. You’ve gotta understand that. If we’re gonna be disciplined, we gotta be disciplined in who we can help as well. Again, we’re here to bear each other’s burdens. I love verse three. If anyone thinks he is something, but he is nothing, he deceives himself. Look, you’re not that special.

I say that in a loving way. Like God created you and you’re being made in God’s image. That makes you special in that sense. Sure, like we all do have worth. But look, we’re all humans. We’re all sinners. We are not all of these incredible things that we’re so much better than anyone else. Our worth is in God and God alone. It’s not in your flesh, not in you. Let me skip down here.

Um, there are some great words in here. Don’t be deceived. God is not going to be mocked. You can, you can make up all your stuff, all you want. Um, and try to think that we’re going to live a perfect life or live in my flesh, but God’s not going to be mocked. He sees right through us. Um, and we reap what we sow. You probably have heard that before. If you’re hanging around the wrong crowd, if you’re watching porn all day, if you are, um,

You know, in a relationship that is just a completely unhealthy one, you’re going to reap what you sow. God’s not going to be mocked. You can’t fool him. So that takes humility. Goes back to that gentle correction. We need that gentle correction to push us in the right direction. But let’s go down to the main verse here and let us not grow weary of doing good for in due season, we will reap if we do not give up. That’s what I want to end us on.

is being disciplined and consistent on the right thing. You’re not always gonna feel good. There’s gonna be times when it’s hard. There’s gonna be seasons of life that you might deal with, with death, with grief, with trauma, with very hard things. I’m not gonna sit here and say that this is easy. It’s not. But do not give up because you will reap what you sow. If you’re on your hands and knees and you’re praying out to God, save me.

Forgive me of my sins, you will reap what you sow. That doesn’t mean I’m not preaching a prosperity gospel that you’re gonna get millions of dollars, no. But if we truly are humble and want God in our lives, He will show Himself. But we have to be consistent. We cannot give up because it’s not on our timing. We can’t dictate when God is gonna do good in our lives or what He will do in our lives.

but we can be humble and say, God, direct me. God be the savior of my life. God, I need you. I can’t do this on my own. That takes humility and we have to be consistent. So often people will give up on God and it’s because they’re not getting what they want right now. That is not humility. We cannot give up. And then we end here of let us do good to everyone and especially to those who are in the household of the faith.

So those that are in your church that are struggling, reach out to them. The ones that just lost a loved one, do good to them. Tell them that you love them, invite them to dinner, and pray for them. Don’t just make Christianity about yourself. When you’re in a good season spiritually, things are going well. Don’t just praise yourself saying how good things are. Reach out to those who are struggling, who are trying to give up, who are not being consistent.

That’s where we gently can help try to restore them and be that loving, caring, and compassion there. I hope that this is encouraging for you. That’s what I want these Faithful Fridays to be about. If you’re listening, you say, Hey, I’m a conservative. I call myself Christian. But look, I’m not living the life I need to. I’m not even in a church. I don’t know where to go. I offer consultation services to help point you in the right direction. My goal for these consultation services is to

get you into a church, get you active in your life, and then go on. I don’t want you to keep seeing me forever. I want you to go on and make a difference in your life. So if you’re struggling, you want to reach out to me, let me know. I’ll include a link for my consultation services down below. If you just want to say, hey, can you pray for me, send me an email or something. My email is johnny at trut I’ll try to get a faithfully engaged email at some point.

DM me on X or whatever. I will certainly try to do what I can with that, but I really want to emphasize that you can’t do this alone and you have to be disciplined and consistent. There’s absolutely no other way. All right, hope you all have a great weekend. I’ll see you at the next interview on Monday.