Back to the basics, Day 2-Self Discipline

Posted: August 25, 2015 in Thoughts on God

Yesterday I focused on the at of recommitting ourselves, our lives, to God. How did you do? Today our focus is going to be on something a lot more difficult, self-discipline.

sin

Wouldn’t it be nice if resisting sin, and keeping God’s commandments, were as easy as sin? It seems so easy to fall into the traps that the Bible warns us about? I’ve often prayed that it would be easier to be more disciplined in the ways of the Lord, but it’s always been hard for me. I’m sure it’s the same way for everyone. We see great leaders of the Bible that struggled with it on a regular basis. We see than many lost that battle, but were later used for greatness. So how do we win the battle against what seems gratifying to the flesh? What is it that we can do to win the constant fight? For me, I like to remember this powerful verse.

Hebrews 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

The most important step in self discipline is to catch yourself before you fall. Take a look at the verse above and memorize it. Remember that as you are struggling with temptation that the Word of God tells us that it will be “Painful” to resist, but later, we will receive the fruits of righteousness. I liken this to when you first start working out. The pain the first day is enough to make most people quit, but the ones who do stick it out eventually find that it becomes as easy, and as normal, as breathing. This is how we need to look at self discipline. The first few times it will become hard as working out. It will be painful to wean ourselves off of the ways of the world, but eventually it will become second nature to us. Our Spiritual muscles will grow stronger each day. We will become Spiritual Superstars.

Let’s pray for more discipline today. Let us pray for each other as well as ourselves. Never forget that the pain you endure for Christ today will be rewarded with an eternal life of joy. So much joy that the pain will be forgotten. Be well today, and let me know if you need anything.

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