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Understanding & Implementing Discipline Part I
5/13/2013

…exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NKJV)

Is there something that you are doing over and over in your life that does not reflect what a follower of Christ should be doing?  Do you find yourself making commitments to God—only to find yourself breaking them?  If you can honestly answer yes to one, or both of these questions, then I want to invite you to discover a way to break this cycle within your life.

One of the major points of attack on our Christian walk is Satan’s constant barrage of temptation—temptation resulting in compromise. When we compromise, we are freely choosing to do those things we know to be wrong, as defined by God’s word. 

Q:         How do we stop compromising? 

Through discipline!  Without discipline we will be doomed to continue the “crazy cycle.”  It’s when we continue in the same sin, over and over again.  If we do not learn to discipline our flesh, the pattern will repeat itself until damage is done to our lives, both spiritually and physically. Proverbs speaks about such a person who lacks control.

Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls. Proverbs 25:28 (NKJV)

Although there are several foundational disciplines we can implement, I have chosen to focus on five spiritual disciplines that will help us tremendously if implemented.  These five spiritual disciplines are:

1.            Prayer

2.            Spending Time in The Word of God

3.            Stewardship

4.            Fellowship

5.            Fasting

Before we get into the first Spiritual Discipline, I would like to look at what “discipline” is.  Although discipline is often associated with a corrective measure administered from a parent or an authority for wrong actions, this is not the type of discipline we will be speaking of.

A “discipline” is the systematic instruction given to a disciple (follower of Jesus).  It is God’s instruction for the believer to follow His rule of order. And for us to be better followers of God’s word in obedience, we must learn to be self-disciplined. 

Wikipedia Encyclopedia defines, Self-discipline as “the training that one gives one's self to accomplish a certain task or to adopt a particular pattern of behavior, even though one would really rather be doing something else.”  For the Christian believer, it is the ability to assert our “free will” to do what is right versus pursuing our fleshly desires.  This is the discipline we will be focusing on throughout this devotional series.

I would like to further emphasize, we cannot do these disciplines consistently without the leading, guidance, and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.  It is only by God’s power we are able to do His will.  Therefore, we must seek to be filled with His Spirit each and every day (Eph. 5:18).  In Part II of this devotional series, we will begin to look at the first of five spiritual disciplines, which is prayer.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION:  According to 1 Timothy 4:7-8, what is the advantage of godliness in our life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you disciplining your life to do the things of God, or are you consumed by your desires to satisfy the flesh (old nature)?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord today and ask Him to show us if there are areas in our life that He would like to remove—it can be any obstacle, attitude, or activity within our life that is keeping Him from being able to use us in a greater way.

Father, thank You for Your love and mercy upon our lives.  Thank You for giving us Your word to follow, and for giving us the Holy Spirit to guide, lead, and empower us.  Help us today to continue to be disciplined in the things we know to be right.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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