Building a disciplined life
Are you concerned that you have not grown in God in the way you should? Do you wonder why some people appear to know things and speak and live with a certain level of authority and faith alien to you? It may be your lifestyle is lacking in the disciplines of grace. The good news is that you can build your life disciplined in grace.
Building involves making a plan, design, costing but most importantly BUILDING, block by block at a time. Taking action. You can make all the most excellent plans and designs but without starting to build, without DECIDING and TAKING ACTION it remains ‘dreamland’.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Discipline requires a grasp, a taking hold of the vision of where God wants you to be and running with it. It requires accountability to continue, accountability to yourself, to other believers, and to God.
Discipline makes us get off our backsides and start, and get going.
Discipline is the ability to make yourself do what is best and right for you.
Making time to meet with God everyday, to pray , to read the word, to study the word, to meditate on the word, to memorise the word, to worship does not come naturally to anyone in the first instance.
I can almost certainly say it did not come naturally to the Lord Jesus himself in his human nature to wake up a great while before day to go to a lonely place to pray. He did because he understood what was at stake. Do you understand what is at stake?
Do you understand that your life depends on this? You move from one level of glory to another?
What makes you to commit to the gathering of believers, on a Sunday, during the week in community groups? What makes you commit to giving consistently?
Beloved- God has a plan and a purpose for you in mind. He has a destination that He wants to take you to. He wants to change you into the image of His son – Jesus Christ. He is in the life change business. You have a choice. You can fight against the process – you can sit back and do nothing – or you can work together with Him in the process of becoming more Godly – of becoming more like Jesus. It takes work – it takes effort – it takes discipline. Remember what Paul told Timothy? “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1Timothy 4:7-8)
I don’t know about you – but I know my heart – and I need to be more like Jesus. I need to discipline myself for the purpose of godliness. Don’t you? Will you partnership with God today – to become more like Him? Will you discipline yourself for discipleship?
And what’s more? When we are willing and make ourselves available, we see the Grace of God, his enablement which has actually been available to us all the time.
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