The Art of Discipline
Welcome to Week 5. We’re continuing in our theme: The Exodus – Moving from Here to There. In other words moving from our will to God’s will. Each week God has shared with us His will for our lives. This week He is saying that it is His will that we are disciplined.
dis·ci·pline /disəplin/ – Train (someone) to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.
A practical way of viewing this is via the parent/child relationship. When a child is out of line a parent disciplines him/her. Not because (s)he hates the child but because the parent knows that consistent, proper discipline will eventually produce improvement in the child’s character and behavior.
If discipline benefits our children how much more will it benefit us?
Paul wrote in I Corinthians 9:24-27
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
What a sad ending that would be if you were disqualified from most of what God had for you because of a lack of self discipline. Likewise, when you practice self-discipline you learn self control which is a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Let’s face it, the flesh doesn’t want to be controlled; it wants its way. Therefore, control over the flesh doesn’t happen overnight. But through consistent denial of the flesh you will eventually see improvement in your character and pattern of behavior.
We know that God disciplines, but before He gets to you why not learn the art of discipline and correct yourself? Of course, controlling your behavior and thoughts isn’t always easy. But as you consistently seek the Lord and allow Him to empower your every move, you will learn to say NO to the flesh more than you say YES.
God is the God of the impossible. So if you think you can’t learn the art of self discipline, think again. For the scripture reads, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.”
Be encouraged and start today denying the flesh so that your spirit will rein and enable you to obey God and do His will. Remember, when you do His will His blessings will overtake you (Deuteronomy 28). And that’s a promise.
With God all things are possible,
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