April 19, 2020 Higher Everyday Devotional :- SELF-DISCIPLINE
[24:23, 4/19/2020] Devotional Sender: HIGHER EVERYDAY
SUNDAY APRIL 19, 2020
TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-27
MEMORY VERSE: “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 CORINTHIANS 9:27).
An Olympic medalist said, “It is impossible to reach Olympic standards without strict discipline”. Apostle Paul was often in journeys, attending fellowships, and always at his duty post, yet he had to pray, read, meditate and write books. He regulated his activities, avoided pitfalls and compromise. Self-discipline is a duty you owe to yourself. Those who are privileged to hold positions of leadership must first control themselves. What you tell others to do must be demonstrated by you.
Many young people delight in serving God. They are always available and willing to serve in various capacities. But it has been observed that some faint and even backslide in later years. The major reasons are that they are not watchful, prayerful, patient and disciplined. The work of God can only be done by the Spirit’s help. The non-disciplined worker who is busy here and there, neglecting the Word of God and regular prayers, is in danger. Saints who finish strong are those who are disciplined in recharging their spiritual battery through excellent devotional life. Enduring labour is proven by the test of time.
QUOTE: Busy here and there, neglecting the Word.
CHALLENGE: Watch and pray while you work.
PRAYER: My God, help me to maintain a disciplined lifestyle.