Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Disciplinary Check

Hebrews 12:11 ESV
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

*The fruit of righteousness can be found in Galations 5:22-23 (NLT) which consists of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. By these fruits, we will become prosperous in all the ways that our heart desires. However, we must first obtain and master discipline to acquire these fruits. Having the discipline to do what you know you should goes hand- in-hand with trying to avoid what you shouldn't do. This includes completing God-given tasks that may include coming out of your comfort zone. What is even more important to recognize are those little foxes that are spoiling your vine of opportunity (Song of Solomon 2:15). What do I mean by this? I am referring to those little things in our lives that we need to fix, get rid of, and tidy up that are keeping us from our harvest and release. Things we don't think are harmful or that have become habitual in our life cycle. In being transparent with you, it is my time. Yes, I have been on time every now and then, but I should be especially early for church. Arriving at God's house EARLY is more important then any appointment, job interview, meeting, or scheduled event that we can attend. So much so that my tardiness has caused a delay in my release from hardship, and moved God's mercy until I fix this issue. Sure, we may sow seeds, follow His every instruction, tithe, provide guidance, or whatever else He tells us to do. However, none of it matters if we don't have discipline to acquire enough love to take those "minor issues" into serious account. To acquire that love, we must acquire discipline. Mistakes happen, but habitual habits aren't excused. I challenge u to review those hidden or minor issues in your life that could be eating away at your harvest and spoiling your vine.

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