Discipline: “It’s Such a Lonely Word”

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:27)

Discipline. It’s hard to maintain, isn’t it? But allowing yourself to put off a task or an obligation is like sin. Sin creeps in only when we allow it. We all know the “big” sins like murder and adultery, but in God’s eyes, SIN IS SIN. Gossip and gluttony are as abominable to the Lord as killing someone.

How easy it is to allow the mind to rationalize sin. “I’ve been so good I deserve an extra slice of cake,” even though you know that sliver of extra cake will skyrocket our insulin level, our waistline increase and body will begin deteriorating once again. Before long the slices become larger, the portion sizes of ice cream stream over the bowl and we’re hooked!

Now as I’ve spoken about anything is fine in moderation, countless times, but when the food begins controlling us instead of our common sense, we’re in trouble. Renewal begins by disciplining and changing our mindset:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

But don’t we try to justify our actions, “Oh just this once won’t hurt.” “I’ll begin anew tomorrow.” “Well, after-all I didn’t want to hurt the host’s feelings.” 

Yes, it does hurt! If we don’t stay in control of our emotions and conquer our will, then how are we, as Christians, any different than the world? Truth is we’re not. A story is told of D.L. Moody going to visit Charles Spurgeon in England. As he knocked on the door, Spurgeon answered the door smoking a cigar. When Moody criticized Spurgeon’s cigar habit, Spurgeon stared at Moody and rebuked him with, “When you take control of your out of control gluttonous habit, I’ll take care of my smoking habit.”

You are the only one (and the Holy Spirit if Christian) who lives within your body and can make the changes. That’s why it feels so great to overcome temptation! I urge you to restore discipline in your life and not become as the Apostle Paul reprimanded:

“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.” (Philippians 3:19)

No one is perfect and we all have habits we find hard to control. Changing habits begin slowly. there’s no instant gratification here. Create small goals to overcome big, bad habits. Find something you want more than food! But for goodness sakes, we reward our dogs when they obey us, and look how happy they are! Why do we feel it’s selfish to reward our good changes?

It takes a disciplined will to say, “NO” to self. I don’t know about you but I don’t particularly like myself when I sin. Only by focusing on God can we truly make him the LORD of our lives. I’ve turned mine over to the Lord time and time again and I’m still fighting those but I’ll never stop striving for excellence!

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) 

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10 thoughts on “Discipline: “It’s Such a Lonely Word”

  1. I am still for good metabolism. I am somebody who loves extra slice of homemade cake. Homemade cake is much better because of clean and balanced ingredients.
    I think we should not ever feel guilty and sorry for some things we do. While it is important to observe discipline, metabolism disorders and bad quality food, as well as synthetic supplements can always cause imbalance in the body.
    We have to treat ourselves with love and stop worrying about everything and with the right behavior, emotions and thoughts, anything will fall in place.
    Feeling sorry, feeling guilty, experiencing upset mind, grief, jealousy, envy are really bad things. They are toxic to mind and destroy one’s opportunity to look for good purpose in the future. Toxic mind does not allow getting rid of toxins from the body. I think the universe wishes us well and makes us take only such tests that we are able to.
    It was very interesting to read your article, however, if we think about sins, punishment might be coming our way since we have attracted it. Lupus in fabula, right?

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  2. I’m so grateful my husband and I finally get this! We’re still disciplining our bodies-and we’re enjoying the freedom we’ve found since we’re no longer bound to unhealthy food! But we’re surrounded by family who just don’t understand us…. 😢
    It’s always encouraging to read your posts!

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      • Lol! Thank you. I’m so grateful he’s sticking to it! He constantly says his goal is for restorative health. A quote from church Sunday, “Hope is the catalyst for change, not the guarantee for change.” Dr. JD Greear, Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh, NC. It’s fitting our walk! The sermon was “The Gospel For Everyone!”

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