We all have things we do as a discipline. We get up at a particular time for work, make sure we have clothing ready, get plenty of sleep, and if you’re like me, you need coffee. We do these things so we can make money for our families. What do you do to feed your spiritual needs? Some of the stuff I do takes discipline. I control what I eat; I get up early, so the house is quiet; I pray before my first sip of coffee, dig into God’s Word, and then write. I can skip specific steps, but prayer and reading God’s Word are non-negotiable. All of the things mentioned are about self-control. We control what we do to make a living, but what about managing ourselves in service to God? Think about how and what you want to accomplish for the Lord; then, set some goals and make them into a habit. I’m told it takes 21 days to form a pattern; that may be an excellent way to start. Think about it, then do yourself a favor; control your body in service to the Lord.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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