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Saturday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Open Heavens 13 August 2016) – Self Discipline

Topic: Self Discipline [Saturday 13, August 2016]

Memorise: 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

Read: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (KJV)

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all
things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an
incorruptible.

26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

27 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.

Bible in One Year: Isaiah 14:28-19:15, Psalms 33:12-22

MESSAGE:

Self-discipline is a personal commitment and decision to voluntarily
yield every aspect of one’s life to the Almighty God. This is ensuring
nothing controls or influences your life outside the power of God. You
must make no further provision for anything else to rule your life
except the power of God. For this specific reason of desiring to be
vessel unto honour, you deliberately narrow your choices to only what
Jesus will have you do at any given time. When a man is
self-disciplined, he will no longer entangle himself with the affairs of
this life or with those things that add no significant value to his
life as a Christian. Presenting your body as a living sacrifice is one
of the ways to impose discipline on yourself.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which
is your reasonable service.” –
Romans 12:1

The fact that some people are not determined enough to pay the price of
self-discipline is a major reason why things will not work for them the
way they expect. In life, nothing goes for nothing. Until there is a
departure from certain things, there can never be a discovery of great
things. No one will amount to something great until they are ready to
make certain sacrifices, which must come through self-imposed
discipline.

Having been a boxer myself, I can tell you that you can never become a
champion in the world of boxing if you are not programmed to be
self-disciplined. When an individual is not disciplined, he or she will
not be able to go far in life. A believer will have to be disciplined
when it comes to certain issues like eating, sleeping, talking etc. Some
people cannot do without comfort for a while. There are some that are
slowed down in life because there are numerous weights that they are
entangled with. When you are not self-disciplined, it will lead to your
being unfruitful and unproductive in the business of God. There are
people who cannot pray as they should because they cannot allow anything
to deny them of their sleep. Some people will always eat when they
should be fasting just because they cannot deny themselves of food.

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“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain”. – 1 Corinthians 9:24

Here, Paul was portraying the struggles that one must contend with in
the Christian walk if one will have to make full proof of his ministry.
Apostle Paul was willing to make all sacrifices and commitments required
in evangelising to the world. He was obedient to the demands of the
gospel because of the assurance that He who called him was faithful to
reward him in due time. As believers, there is the need to show
commitment in self- discipline to the task of our calling as ministers
of the gospel. Those who prepare for competitions with the mind of
receiving perishable rewards still give the competition all the
sacrifice required, this is a big lesson for those of us preparing for
eternal rewards. One must exercise no less commitment or sacrifice. As
long as we faithfully run the Christian race, we can be assured of the
gift of eternal glory in Christ Jesus. No matter the difficulties we
encounter, we can be rest assured that the grace of God can be relied
upon.

Prayer Point: Father, please remove anything that will hinder my greatness from my life in Jesus’ name.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.



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Kemisola Ade

Kemisola Adeyemi is the Assistant Editor of Kemi Filani News. She loves to write and write and write and hopes to own a publishing firm someday! Email: [email protected]

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