June 3, 2020 Verse Of The Day

2 Timothy 1+7

Jeremiah 10:24 Asking For Discipline

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Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure–not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing. Jeremiah 10:24 

Very few people would be willing to ask to be disciplined. The term ‘discipline’ is often seen as a negative thing. It often implies being held back or restricted and punished for doing something.

Those who are truly successful have learn to discipline themselves and be disciplined by others. The athlete that wins the gold medal went through extreme discipline by a coach to learn to be the best. None of the athletes make it there on their own, but by discipline. At some point they were willing to ask for discipline and accept what was given them.

Jeremiah asks God to discipline him. He asks, however, that the discipline not be done out of anger, but at right levels.

One of the reasons that discipline is so poorly looked upon is that many times it is done out of anger in retaliation to something done wrong. Too many parents have often ‘discipline’ their child out of anger and frustration and hit the child in a wrong way causing more damage. Employers often discipline in the same way, though not always physically.

God’s discipline is to correct a wrong and get the person back on the right track. He is focused on building a person up, not tear or beat them down. All of this done in perfect love.

There is also the discipline of learning to say no to sin and yes to the things of God. It takes work and practice to say no to sin and yes to God. The heart and ways of man fights against good discipline. People want to do their own thing, in their own way and in their own time, rejecting God.

God is at work in your life and will do things if you will allow Him to do so. He sent His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to live your life–to discipline you.

If you are honest with yourself, you will know that you have faults in your life. You need to change, however, you may not know how to make that happen. Trust God and ask for His discipline to guide you in making that change.

Allow God to train (discipline) you to be more like Jesus every day and less like yourself and this world. It takes hard work, obedience and discipline to be like Jesus. It does not come automatically.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to discipline you; that you will work to be like Jesus in every area of your life; and that you will know God’s great love and mercy in your life. 

Proverbs 5:23 No Discipline Equals Death

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For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly. Proverbs 5:23 

Discipline is the ability to make oneself do the right thing or to choose to not do something wrong, regardless of how hard that decision is. Athletes discipline themselves to work out and practice long and hard in their skill to improve and become better. They push the hardships of the hard work aside to improve.

Many in the world do a great job at disciplining themselves to do a sport, but often will not choose to discipline themselves in other areas of life that are not good.

There is no discipline used to hold oneself from living in sinful ways. Choices to commit and live in adultery, homosexuality, or some other deviant lifestyle are common. Each of these and many more ways are ways that lead to death. Sinful lifestyles are accepted as normal and promoted.

Solomon realizes that lack of discipline will bring about death. People are led down wrong paths by their own folly.

The believer must choose to live for God and according to His ways and commands. It takes focus and discipline to live for God.

Yet, there are many in the church who have chosen to put discipline aside and follow the ways of the world. Men lust after other women or men who are not their wives. Women lust after men and women who are not their husbands.

Sin is embraced and accepted as the world accepts it.

True discipline will choose to not walk down sinful paths. This is not down out of legalistic beliefs, but out of love for God for what He has done for each person. Jesus died to remove sin and the death sentence of sin upon a person.

Walking in sin puts that death sentence back into place. It is foolishness to choose to die.

Each day you will have choices to make. You can either look into and follow sinful ways, or you may turn away from all sin and follow God’s holy and righteous ways of living.

God wants you to have an abundant life. Living in sin may be abundant for a short season, but in the end it will bring about death.

Discipline yourself, train yourself to stay focused upon God and His ways. Train yourself to choose to obey God’s commands and not live in sin.

Embrace the life God has for you, not the death the world offers.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will guide you into His ways of living; that God will give you strength to walk in His ways; that you will keep your eyes focused upon God; and  that you will have discipline to obey God.