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