Grow in Discipline (Small Change #17)

According to the built-in dictionary of the Kindle application, DISCIPLINE is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code behavior; using punishment to correct disobedience.

I really thought I was going to nail this chapter. I may not be artistic or talented but what I am is systematic, accurate and disciplined. God gave me those gifts.

If there are rules, I would follow them. What's the point of implementing a set of rules when no one follows them, right? I can follow my schedule to a "T" in fact my life is built on schedules.

I think I also have self-control. I would wait for Christmas morning to open Christmas presents. Remember the marshmallow test for kids?

I am pretty confident if I was given this test, I would choose to wait.

However as I read through the entire chapter 17, I realized how much I need discipline in so many instances in my life. For instance,

  • In exercising regularly
  • In eating healthy food and controlling my junk food craving
  • In how I use my time and restricting my use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • In my temper
  • In my quiet time
What is God's take on discipline?

1. Recognize that discipline is a spiritual issue.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
- Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

2. Readily acknowledge sin.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
- Galatians 5:16 (NIV)

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- Ephesians 4:30 (NIV)

Do not quench the Spirit.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NIV)

3. Realize that discipline is an act of the WILL.

We need discipline in the following areas:

Your temper (Proverbs 25:28)

Your mouth (Proverbs 17:28)

Your eating (Proverbs 23:2)

Your diligence (Proverbs 20:13)

4. Rejoice with each victory.

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 15:57

5. Remember that discipline mirrors MATURITY.

I will continue my battle every day to stay focus and be disciplined. I definitely wouldn't want a wasted life be listed in the book of records when Judgement day comes.

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