Discipleship series #6 – The Disciple and his DISCIPLINE

Discipleship series #6 – The Disciple and his DISCIPLINE Nothing is more harmful to the service than the neglect of discipline; for discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another. -George Washington By Pastor George Lehman Discipline:  A way of life aimed at self-control; trained to obedience. If you don’t have discipline, you don’t have anything. That is the truth in every walk of life “Bad habits that cause a lack of discipline are like a good bed; easy to get into but difficult to get out of”. Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period!  The greatest composer does not sit down to work because he is inspired but becomes inspired because he is working. God is waiting for you to move. God is waiting for you to move. Remember: (God moves with the movers – He doesn’t sit with the sitters) That’s why it’s called self-discipline.  Self-discipline produces positive results. Acts 24:14-15 Paul talks about a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous – that Jesus is coming back! Acts 24:16 (Amp) – Therefore, I always exercise and discipline myself (mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects) to have a clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience void of offense toward God and toward man. The fruit of the Spirit is self-control or self-discipline. The reason why self-discipline is so important for us to develop is that we don’t have anybody telling us what we have to do to live a godly Christian life. I.E. You don’t have anybody telling you:How many hours a week you must read your bible/pray.That you must attend church / home cells.That you must ensure your priorities are in place.That you must live a Holy life – share your faith with others. There is only one thing that will keep you doing all these things.  That one thing is your OWN SELF-DISCIPLINE. It takes a lot more character to have the self-discipline to do something on your own, than it does to be told, pushed, pulled and begged for what to do and when to do it. God disciplines us so that we can be disciplined –Hebrews 12:11-12 (NIV) – 11No 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. 12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Proverbs 10:17(NIV) – He who heeds discipline shows the way of life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.  Only the disciplined ever get really good at anything.   This is true to every aspect of our lives. Many people have great ambitions and intentions that will never be accomplished; goals that will never be reached; visions that will never materialize simply because they have no self-discipline. If you don’t have discipline, ‘no plan’ can possibly succeed. Having the discipline to follow through is what brings great plans to pass. Thomas Edison, explained that the vast majority of his inventions were someone else’s.  He just finished what others started. Discipline is what you need to get you to where you want to go.  Discipline isn’t somewhere waiting to be discovered, it is created. One cannot be a disciple without learning discipline. A disciple is – a disciplined learner. 1 Timothy 4:7b (NASB) – … discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness. It will not come without discipline. No discipline: ungodliness will become your way of life. If you are going to grow in your Christ-like character, there will have to be certain disciplines or HABITS you need to practice as a part of your lifestyle. Sow a thought, reap an act.Sow an act, reap a habit.Sow a habit, reap a character.Sow a character, reap a destiny. – What kind of Legacy will you leave? Discipline was the key to our Lord Jesus fulfilling the will of the Father.Hebrews 5:8 (NLT) – … even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience. (If Jesus had to learn Self-Discipline how do you think we can sidestep it) The great problem with Christians is we are flooded with information and starving for revelation – or should I say, APPLICATION. Discipline opens the doors to revelation. Hebrews 2:1-3b (Amp) – Since all this is true, we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past [them] and slip away. For if the message given through angels [the Law spoken by them to Moses] was authentic and proved sure, and every violation and disobedience received an appropriate (just and adequate) penalty, How shall we escape [appropriate retribution] if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation Because of a lack of discipline many brilliant / gifted / talented people will never be anything more than ordinary and average because they aren’t willing to make the disciplined sacrifices necessary to become great. A disciplined life – John Wesley:He travelled an average of 50km’s a day for 40 years, got up every morning at 04:00, he preached over 40 000 sermons, produced 400 books and knew 10 languages. At the age of 83 he was annoyed because he couldn’t write more than 15 hours a day because of his eyes that hurt. He even complained in his diary that there was an increasing tendency to lie in bed until 05:30. I’m not suggesting this schedule for your life, but it’s still true that the person who learns the power of self-discipline is going to be the person who accomplishes great things for God, his family, ministry and work. In closing , “How Disciplined are you?*****