DISCIPLINE TRANSLATES into all areas. Years ago at one of our women’s retreats I told the ladies that in all my years of serving the Lord, I might have missed a day or two of reading my Bible and praying. Maybe. But from the time I was born again of the Holy Spirit, I sought to know Him and I made Scripture and prayer a discipline and priority in my life.
Even when my children were small and I was neck deep in planting a church, dealing with other’s problems, serving, giving and toiling in the hot sun; studying God’s Word and prayer were my priority. I love the Lord for all He has done for me and I have a love affair with His Word. I memorize the Word, hide it in my heart so I won’t sin against Him and connect with my Lord daily through prayer and Scripture.
I have always made this a discipline and priority in my life. In fact, this is my only source of life and strength. My life is not my own. I cannot make it through anything without Him and His knowledge. One of my very first prayers was that I might know Him,“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11
This has been and will always be my priority. I want nothing to do with the old me, nothing. I sought after the things of the world with all my heart, so now I seek after Him with all my heart. I love and cherish God’s holy Word. I want to know Him more intimately. I love the gospel Truth and have staked my whole life on this fact. After the teaching, the ladies broke out into small groups and one of my leaders at that time (she is not with us anymore) tells the group, “I don’t believe her. There’s no way she reads her Bible every day”.
Not only did she undermine my authority, but called me a liar to her group. There was a new lady to our church and this was her first retreat. She was silent, not knowing me at that time and after the retreat brought it up to her husband. His reply was, “I believe her. Crystal is a disciplined person and discipline translates into all areas.”
Thankfully, these wonderful people stayed and the wife came to trust me. First of all, not sure why I would lie about something so simple when I share my faults and shortcomings with the ladies all the time. Secondly, if she had a problem with what I said, she could have come to me directly and not undermine me to a whole group of ladies. Take note women. Guard your mouth.
Why do I share this? Discipline translates. If you Can be disciplined in one area, you can train yourself to be disciplined in another area and then another area. The Word “reprobate” means “undisciplined, immoral person”. How did the reprobate fall away? They were undisciplined. I know that you will find a way to do what is important to you. But why do you leave off the rest? It is important to me to study the Word and pray every day.
Jesus tells us, “Give us this day our daily bread”. Prayer is meant to be daily. You are not promised tomorrow. I am disciplined to keep my house clean, exercise, serve my family, serve my church, etc. No, I don’t always love to do these things, but I discipline my flesh to obey because the opposite leads to destruction. Let your flesh have its way and run amok, destruction is inevitable.
If you have been undisciplined, you have to start somewhere. Start with getting up 30 minutes earlier and begin your day with prayer and Scripture. Do this every day for a three months, then add another three months, and another three months and another three months and you have disciplined yourself to read and pray for a year. Keep it going.
I don’t care if you are on vacation, God is still worthy of your allegiance. He has not left. He still wants to commune. His Word is still daily bread. We don’t take vacations from Christ or His body. When my husband was on a year deployment to Egypt, we wrote or talked as often as the military allowed. Most times I wrote him daily. How much more so for our Lord and Savior? “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”II Timothy 2:15 NKJV
For the record, I don’t like being called a liar. Just because you are undisciplined and lazy to do something does not mean everyone else has that same problem. The apostle Paul beat his flesh into subjection. I do the same and so can you. Scripture reading and prayer are vital to the life of the saint of God. Do you eat everyday? Unless you have a day of fasting, I know you are disciplined to feed yourself. Let that same drive translate to your spiritual walk. “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” Proverbs 12:1 #runyourrace
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