A Holy Discipline

“God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.”2 Timothy 1:7

When I think of the word discipline, I associate it with words like: boundaries, restriction and limits. The rebel in me is not too keen on the thought of boundaries and apparently I’m not alone in this matter. I mean who wouldn’t want to eat donuts for every meal without any consequences (winkie face here)? Or have a Lululemon outfit for every day of the week with matching Nikes? If we are completely honest with ourselves, I think the majority of us wish we didn’t have to have self-discipline, especially with things that are really appetizing to us.

Since the beginning of time women have struggled with self-discipline (men too, but I’m just talking to us ladies right now). I’m reminded of my girl, Eve back in Genesis 3. She could’ve had any fruit from the garden and yet the one tree that was forbidden in the whole garden ended up causing us childbirth pains still today- all because girlfriend had no self-control.

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.”

As painful as the mere thought of discipline sounds, through conviction and His Word I am learning that self-discipline is necessary in my Christian walk and that self-discipline is actually quite rewarding. It is necessary for self-improvement in all areas of my life and is an absolute necessity to living a godly life. As Christian women, we are not called to be of this world- we have been set apart (John 17:16). We are called to live a holy life, a life according to His purpose (2 Timothy 1:9) and that requires us to exercise self-discipline in every facet of our lives .

Self-discipline is a requirement when it comes to maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit

To keep our bodies healthy we must have self-discipline to choose foods that are nourishing to our bodies and not overindulge. Self-discipline is also needed to get in our daily exercise. (Galations 5:13, Proverbs 23:21)

To keep our minds healthy we need self-discipline to take every thought captive and think of the things that are good and pure. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

To keep our spiritual life healthy, we need self-discipline to learn God’s Word and to seek Him in all things. (2 John 1:9, 2 Timothy 3:16)

 What if we were to change how we think about self-discipline? If we looked at self-discipline as it really is. What Scripture tells us instead of what society teaches us. What if we looked at self-discipline as a holy-discipline?

Holy-Discipline is:

A gift

“God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.”2 Timothy 1:7

Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Gal 5:22

Protection

“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28

Freedom

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh” Gal 5:13

Self-discipline means that there will need to be some boundaries set in place for ourselves. It also means that we will need to do some regulating of ourselves. There will also be some sacrifices that will have to be made. And a little discomfort can be expected. But in order for growth to happen, these things are inevitable. Just know that the reward far exceeds any temporary discomfort.

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

Jesus, I pray that you will help us to see self-discipline in a new light. That we will no longer dread self-discipline but embrace it and look forward to growth. That we will see self-discipline as a holy-discipline and no longer adopt the views of self-discipline as the world. Show us where we need to set boundaries for ourselves so that we may live godly lives as you have called us to live. Give us the strength we need to stay within those protective boundaries. In Jesus name, Amen.

One thought on “A Holy Discipline

  1. Julie Nellis says:

    I LOVE the Bible verse from 2 Timothy 1:7. I still have the postcard you printed a few years ago. It’s taped to my bathroom mirror so o see it every morning! ❤️

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