The Necessity of Discipline

As we come to the beginning of a brand new year we all make new commitments, new promises, new resolutions.  Churches across the world begin the new year with fasting and prayer and a renewal of dedication to the things of God.  But what happens around February, March or June?  What has happened to those commitments we all made?  I have no doubt that we were serious when we made those resolutions, I know because I have made them, and fallen away from them myself.  But at some point in our walk as a Christian and a Kingdom citizen we have to stop falling away from what is required of us, and make a decision to be disciplined.  To be a disciple of Jesus we must determine that we are going to be disciplined, and not just at things that pertain to church, but in every area of our lives.  Once we stop separating our church life from the rest of our life that will lead to disciplined lives right there!  It's no longer acceptable to be one way in our church and another at our job and yet another with our friends.  Why can't we be disciplined enough to be the same everywhere and all the time? The scriptures teach us in James 1:8 that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.  I challenge the church, the people of God to become disciplined enough to be the true disciples Jesus is looking for today.  In this world that we live in we have enough examples of what happens when people are undisciplined.  Our family structures are crumbling, our education systems are failing, our children can't find hope and support and we seemed to be more and more divided as a nation on every issue under the sun.  What does this have to do with discipline?  I'm glad you asked.  2 Chronicles 7:14 gives us an answer.  God says "If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."  It requires discipline to be one of God's people.  Discipline enough to recognize that we need Him and that we are lost without Him.  It requires discipline to humble ourselves because our natural man wants to say that whatever we have and do is on our own strength.  It takes discipline to pray because the flesh nature does not want to pray, we want to complain.  It takes discipline to seek God's face because we want to try to fix everything on our own.  It takes discipline to turn from our wicked ways because that requires admitting that we aren't as holy as we like to think.  But this discipline is necessary because disciplined lives get our Father's attention!  When we are disciplined we pray, we study, we worship and we seek more of Him to make us better today than we were yesterday.  Disciplined lives result in our sins being forgiven and our land being healed.  The evening news might sound a lot different if Kingdom people across this world would walk in the realization that discipline is necessary.  The world is watching to see if this Gospel is true, if we live what we preach and teach and if we trust in our Lord and Savior for real.  Let 2017 be the year of discipline for us all.

​​Grace and peace, 

​Pastor G

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