The Foundation of Discipline
2 Peter 1:1-6
Faith is foundational
Add to your faith -Moral Excellence
Add to your moral excellence - Knowledge
Now add to your knowledge -Discipline
These three words represent disciplines in our lives as believers.
1 Cor 9:24-27
24 ''Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified''. (NKJ)
The word discipline comes out of the word disciple
To train by instruction and control
The disciplines of the spiritual life call us to move beyond surface living and into the depths.
We must not be deceived into believing that these Spiritual disciplines are for spiritual giants only. They are for ordinary people that desire God.
These disciplines are best exercised in the midst of normal daily activities.
All of us are slaves to ingrained habits that are destroying and working against our life with God.
We are accustomed to thinking of sin as individual acts of disobedience to God. That is true as far as it goes! But in Romans the apostle Paul frequently refers to sin as a condition that plagues the human race.
Sin as a condition works its way out through the ''bodily members'' that is the ingrained habits.
There is no slavery like ingrained habits!
The ordinary way to deal with sin is a frontal attack.
We rely on will power and determination!
We determine to never do it again!
Paul addressed this concept in Colossians 2:20-3:2
20 ''Since you died with Christ to the basic principles ...
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