Hebrews 12:11 “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Discipline. In today’s society this word almost seems as bad as any curse word. We hear it and have a tendency to shutter. It’s an “ouch” word. A word that we all know comes with some form of pain. Whether that pain is physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. When we enter into a life of discipline…we will feel its fruits working in our lives.
Too often we want the reward of discipline, but aren’t willing to do the hard work it takes to bear its fruit. We want to loose weight, but continue to live in a lifestyle of gluttony. We want to be financially sound, but continue to spend frivolously. We want a closer relationship with God, but continue to overlook reading our bibles. These are just a few areas of our messy life that we may struggle with.
Can I just say….”OUCH”
When I think of my own life, there are so many areas that need discipline! There are so many goals I want to attain. Accomplishments that I want to achieve. Dreams I want to fulfill. None of these will come if I just meander through life with out activating discipline in those areas.
So, how can we activate discipline into the areas in our lives where we want to see change?
First and foremost, we must write it down!
Habakkuk 2:2 says “And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”
When we write down our goals, dreams, and hopes….they become tangible to us. They start becoming real.
Secondly, we must make a plan!
Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
When we write down the steps of how we will accomplish our goals, then we have a plan of action. A to-do list. We can start taking the steps we need!
Thirdly, Get wise counsel!
Proverbs 15:22 “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
What a powerful verse! We need to share the plans we have to an accountability partner, a friend, a brother or sister, a pastor, etc. They may see a step we have missed, or an easier way of accomplishing what we desire. They can also hold us accountable for accomplishing our goals!
Lastly, and the most importantly…Take it to God!
Proverbs 16:9 “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.”
Ultimately, God is the One to order our steps in accomplishing what He would have for our lives.
I hope this short list simplifies “Activating Discipline” in accomplishing all that you want for your life. The one thing to remember is that discipline is painful at the time. When we begin to take these steps, we will experience pain. However, God’s promise to us is that we WILL have a harvest!
May God bless you in all that He would have you do!!