Friday, May 15, 2015

Discipline



Can you remember the last time you felt like your life was out of control? When there is no control in life, we are vulnerable to attacks from every direction.

In order to bring control into our life we need discipline. Unfortunately, we are not born with discipline. Discipline is a process that takes a lifetime of training and learning to be able to control our behavior. Discipline is focusing and eliminating, zeroing in on what is important. Discipline is behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control. As believers, we are called to have discipline in our life. Titus 2:11-12 is clear on the importance of discipline in the life of the believer.
Titus 2:11-12 (NIV)
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age

We must realize that true discipline can only be accomplished in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we give our lives to God, the Holy Spirit is set free to train and direct us in the ways of God. We must choose good habits over bad – to bring our life to a state of order and obedience we must enlist training and control.

In Proverbs 4:27 Solomon warns us to stay away from evil paths:
Proverbs 4:27 (NIV)
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
    keep your foot from evil.

To put this verse literally, when we see sin or even the opportunity to sin, we should turn around and run in the opposite direction. We ask to be delivered from temptation, but we keep putting ourselves in the path of temptation. We think we are strong enough to handle any situation – that we can handle sin and the temptation to sin on our own. That attitude is an open invitation for the enemy, daring him to take his best shot.

As Christians we are either we are going forward or backward. Don’t relinquish any more of your life to the enemy. Guard your heart and the words you speak.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.

We need to remember who you are and to be resolved to remember who we are in Christ. When we are feeling that life is out of control we need to redirect our focus on Jesus because by ourselves, we have no power to face any situation. If we keep our eyes focused on Jesus, He can work through even the toughest of crisis.

As humans, one of the toughest things to remember is that God’s job isn’t your job. We try and try to direct our lives in the way we think they should head. When what we should be doing is bringing our willingness to be obedient to God and ask Him to step in and add what only He can add. Our responsibility is to bring our willingness to God and to be obedient to what He wants for our lives.

Although on this earth my life will never be perfect – my imperfect life will continue to be an adventure and as I let Got take control I believe God is going to perform supernatural things in my life.

Let’s Pray:
Heavenly Father,
As we come to you, still learning to rein in our out of control life, we trust You to guide us closer to peace. We pause, this day, this moment, to revel in Your Presence and soak up the glory of Your Love for us! As we guard our hearts, show us what steps You would have us take to bring peace that only you can give and how to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen