If there’s anything that is so missing in the Church today, that thing is Discipline, especially personal discipline among Christians. You need to note that Discipline is an instrument of Discipleship, spiritual growth, maturity and Character development. Discipline is usually a painful process because your flesh will naturally want pleasures and carnal satisfactions, and you must be ready to deny your flesh of these things it strongly desire. Everything is not about “God please give me Grace”, sometimes your victory, success and freedom is solely dependent on how much you are ready to discipline yourself.
I discovered that most Christians know what is GOOD but to do that which is good is the biggest problem of many, you see, you have to discipline yourself to do good, there are things we must do, not because we are emotionally excited to do them but because we have made it a duty and commitment. If you only do good when circumstances are in your favor, then you are not a disciplined Christian and you can’t go far with God. Not every flaws, misbehaviors, weakness, failure, addictions, defeat and sinful acts is directly caused by demons, most times we are the ones who willingly invited the demons into our lives through indiscipline.
There are certain spiritual exercises that demands that you fight your way through to get them done perfectly. For instance, you have to train your body to learn FASTING, though God will eventually still give you the Grace to fast but you will enter into that grace through deliberate and determined decision to go without food and water for certain period. Even PRAYER also requires a lot of discipline for you to grow strong and matured in it, some of you can’t pray beyond 30 minutes because you can’t discipline your body to pray…A lot of things in the Spiritual Realm doesn’t come cheaply, you have to labour diligently for them, Bible says that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him diligently (Heb. 11:6). Diligence mean hard work, meaning that you have to work hard enough to breakthrough into certain realms of God where you will find Power, Wisdom, Grace, Revelations, Victories and Blessings—Jacob lay hold of an angel all night and said “I will not let you go until you bless me”. Discipline also involves desperation, if you really want a positive change in your life, career, calling and destiny, then you must be ready to give in all it takes to have that change manifest.
SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY “I WANT TO GIVE BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS HOLDING ME BACK”, WELL, THE TRUTH IS YOU ARE THE ONE HOLDING YOURSELF BACK—THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GIVE, AND THAT IS “DIP YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKET AND GIVE”!!
SOMEBODY SAID “PASTOR, I ALWAYS SLEEP WHENEVER I PICK UP MY BIBLE TO READ, PLEASE PRAY FOR ME” BUT THE TRUTH IS, THIS PERSON DOES NOT NEED PRAYERS BUT DISCIPLINE!!! Some of you might never move forward in your life and destiny if you don’t come out of your comfort zones and start doing the things your body hates!!!! Amen.
©️ A. A. Emmanuel