Ideas for Greater Discipline

Even though it may seem to a child that a parent gives instruction that makes no sense, they have gained knowledge and experience over a lifetime so the wise attitude is to take heed and follow. Godly instruction like found in Proverbs 13 and throughout the Bible comes with even more experience and knowledge as understandings of life are shared in God’s Word so there is great wisdom to be received.

Many do not want to follow instruction and have to learn for themselves the hard way. The key is patience and discipline. Remember in Proverbs chapter 1, verse 7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

There may be areas in your life that you would like more discipline. One area may be pride. Many would rather go for days trying to figure something out on their own because of their pride. While striving to find answers on your own may have some good qualities, there should be a time limit so that asking for and putting into action the thoughts or ideas from others is practiced.

Some ideas for developing wisdom may include memorizing scripture so that God’s instruction is available in the heart and mind; ready to be applied at all times and in all places. An idea on shredding a few pounds may be to limit junk food and soda during the breaks in the work day. Instead, use that time to read a Christian blog and be nourished with good food for the soul. To praise God and pray for direction for the rest of the day.

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This day with You Lord, we’ve gained knowledge and wisdom through reading Your Word. Your Word feeds our soul. Your Word gives us the power to change, to become more disciplined, and respond to Your call. Help us to enthusiastically read Your Word on a daily basis and be filled with Your Spirit. We are grateful to have others to grow with in our Christian walk as we fellowship together in Your church and in our groups. In Jesus name. Amen. 

 

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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