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Discipline to Obedience (6 of 12)
First we should look at the definition of discipline. It is the training of the mind or a trained condition of order and obedience. God's purpose for all discipline is growth. There is a chastising discipline for an act of disobedience, but all discipline is not the result of disobedience. Needs are used of God to teach or train us to fellowship and abide in Him. The pain of a need can lead any individual to submissiveness. As the result of this submissiveness, God can reveal His will in the need. His purpose may be for growth through repentance of a sin that has resulted in need, or simply an opportunity to activate faith into a provision of the need. In either case, God disciplines (verb) in order that we might have discipline (noun). All true discipline comes from the grace and mercy of God by faith. Self-discipline is without a doubt one of the most deceiving word combinations in the English language. The total capacity of self is simply to choose between obedience and disobedience. The discipline required is a discipline against the influence of Satan. Self has no power over Satan. True discipline is the power of God that flows through the submissiveness of man. We separately and individually have available to us the mind of God and are commanded to use it to develop a physical performance that glorifies or exposes Him to us and through us to those around us.
When we submit ourselves to and agree with God's discipline by faith, the result is obedience. Obedience is your mark and to miss it is sin.
Romans 12:1 states profoundly that we are to make our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. It also implies that we should not win the medal of honor for this. In fact, it is expected as a reasonable service. Every word that we speak and every physical act of our lives should be pleasing to God.
Romans 12:2 refers to an objective of proving that God's will is perfect for men. We prove it by ...
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