"Discipline for Godliness"

Hey guys, I haven't blogged lately. I've been busy and a bit stressed...forgive me :-) So, my current read is "Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Babara Hughes. The chapter I'm studying now is, "Discipline for Godliness". It this chapter she compares Godly discipline to physical discipline. When we want to look good for ourselves/other we make sure to eat right and spend several hours each week in the gym, right? Well, how do we expect to have a disciplined righteous life and relationship with God if we are only giving him one day a week (Sunday) or time designated for church bible study and nothing more. We don't wake up and give him praise. We don't spend our days meditating on his work and praying to him. So, how do we expect be get on track with God? I Timothy 4:7 says, "Train yourself to be godly." We should work just as strenuously and with as much determination as we do when we want to change our outward appearance. 

There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with wanting to be physically fit to look and feel good. Our bodies are God's temple and we are supposed to be careful with how we take care of it. However, 1 Timothy 4:8 says, "For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come". With that being said, our joy, hope and strength comes from a deep and intimate relationship with God, not from what people think about how we look. 

When it comes to trying to lead a disciplined Christian life it's important to put aside anything that will hinder us and that impedes godliness. I have been guilty with keeping certain friends and habits that I knew would cause me to stumble. That's because I had one foot in the world and one in Christ. I was luke warm. When trying to get fit in a gym you won't allow yourself to go out with friends and eat food that you know will hinder you so why keep people, things or habits that will hinder your walk with Christ. I know people (myself included) who use the My Fitness Pal app to help count calories to lose weight and have been very successful. Why not get a journal to keep track of bad habits, scriptures and track how much time you're spending with God?

I can't lie, godly discipline has always been a struggle for me. In fact, I was never taught about discipline. No one ever showed me how to organize my life and it is a mess. I'm working on it, but even in my home things are sometimes in disarray. It's so frustrating to go home and see that things are out of order. One of my biggest frustrations with my walk with Christ is the fact that I know I'm supposed to minister and help others become aware of God and his Word. My last study in the bible was I Corinthians. Paul writes in 9:27, "But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified". I don't ever want to be disqualified from ministering to others because I have my own skeletons. In order to prevent that from happing I have to be strict with my walk. Becoming disciplined in Christ is not easy. You may fall, get talked about and want to quit. As Barbara says, this is a "no-pain, no-gain" effort. Nothing worth having comes easy, and as cliché as this saying is it is completely true. 

God wants our hearts, minds and soul. Don't quit! Get whole sis. If you die to your flesh daily and grow in Him you WILL reap the benefits of an intimate relationship with the one who loves you more than anyone else ever could! "The true heart of discipline is relationship-a relationship with God" -John Wesley

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