We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Self-Discipline Is Important

In all walks of life, self-discipline makes the difference between people who succeed and those who fail.  But how does discipline apply to faith?  Discipline takes what we know in our heads and hearts and applies it in our life choices.  Discipline makes the difference between knowledge (what we know) and wisdom (how we live).  . . .

When we are tempted with thoughts that are inconsistent with Kingdom principles, we must discipline our minds to move on to godly thoughts.  We must discipline our minds to focus on good thoughts of eternal significance.  We can’t dwell on those thoughts that are not full of faith.  Not one else can control one’s mind.  We each have to take responsibility for our thoughts and train ourselves on guiding and implementing those thoughts.

We must have spiritual discipline to follow God’s commands.  Yet our obedience is not to be practiced out of a sense of duty.  Our obedience should flow from the love we feel for Him and our desire to live in His promises: “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” — John 15:10

James P. Gills, M.D., Imaginations: More Than You Think, ppg. 118-119

1 comment:

Susan Johnson said...

Thank you for that much needed message.