BIBLE READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-27
For [our earthly fathers] disciplined us for only a short period of time and chastised us as seemed proper and good to them; but He disciplines us for our certain good, that we may become sharers in His own holiness. For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness – in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God]. Hebrews 12:10-11(AMP)
The Word Discipline is defined as:
(1) an action or inaction that is regulated to be in accordance with a particular system of governance.
(2) to instruct or train for the sake of enforcing obedience and perfecting moral character.
(3) to train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control.
Outlined are 12 essential disciplines for Jesus’ disciples but the list is not exhaustive:
(1) Reading God’s Word
(2) Scripture Memorization
(6) Community Outreach
(7) Giving – Tithes, Offerings and Sacrificial giving
(8) Developing a Biblical Mindset
(9) Speaking Words of Life and Releasing Faith
(10) Living in Community with Other Disciples
(11) Discipline in Diet and Exercise
As Jesus’ disciples we must seek God and ask for His guidance and help so that we can see these disciplines becoming part of our everyday experience as Kingdom citizens and ambassadors. Let us look at few of these disciplines:
(1) READING GOD’S WORD-
There is a supernatural transaction that happens between us and God when we read the Bible with the intention of being taught by God. The Word of God is alive and powerful! Expect to meet God every time you sit down to read His Word (Revelation 1: 3).
(2) SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION-
Having the Scriptures stored in your heart also makes it easier for the Holy Spirit to bring them to your memory just when you need them the most.
Fasting is doing without something for the purpose of seeking God. Biblically, people fasted food and pleasures. It is a discipline that draws us closer to God because by the action of fasting you are declaring God to be your most important need.
Witnessing is for every disciple. It strengthens our faith, our relationship with God; and when we are obedient to do it, it brings us great joy and also causes joy in Heaven.
(5) COMMUNITY OUTREACH-
Disciples have a responsibility to shine God’s light into the world around them (Matthew 5:15-16).
We need to die to our own comfort seeking agendas and entertainment driven lifestyles and look for opportunities to shine God’s light in our daily routines and volunteer during outreach opportunities in our communities.
Get out and be God’s light in a very dark world.
Set Goals this season on:
•The number of chapters of the Bible you will read and verses you will memorize daily.
•The number of times you will fast weekly or monthly.
•The number of people that you will lead to Christ and disciple weekly or monthly.
•The number of fellowships or churches you will plant this year.