DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: 1 CORINTHIANS 9:25-27
THEME: BE DISCIPLINED
WORDS OF HOPE:
Discipline comes from discipulus, the Latin word for the pupil which also provided the source of the word disciple. It first was used in the 13th century to refer to the chastisement of a religious nature, such as self-flagellation. Discipline, therefore, means control gained by enforcing obedience. Discipline is therefore self-control.
In v 27 of our anchor text, Paul counsels that in addition to strict training and purposefulness, the child of God must equally be disciplined to win. It is so important a virtue that he avers an undisciplined person can be disqualified – lose his place. Like an athlete, he recommends pummelling his body and making it a slave to his purpose. In context,
therefore, discipline is controlling and driving your body towards the goal for which Christ took a hold of you. Our bodies have several desires which must be brought under the control of God’s word and not allowed to run wild. Do not be a slave to your body. Do not give vent to your tummy. Fast and bring it under control. Do not allow your imagination to run wild with evil thoughts. Take a hold of your mind and make it your slave.
In Proverbs 25:28, a man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. This city has no protection and is exposed to robbers and the entry of illegal immigrants. Don’t be such a city. Your life is a city do not allow quick temper, bitterness and loose talk to run your walls aground. Be disciplined, beat your body and win God’s race for your life.
• Pray and thank God for calling you into a wonderful life.
• Take authority over your life and speak to every attitude that contends with God’s destination for you.
Heavenly Father, glorious things are spoken of me as the city of God. I renounce bitterness; fear and anger in Jesus’ name. I possess myself to your praise and glory. Blessed be God in Jesus’ name. Amen