The title of this sermon is Discipline.
Our text comes from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Out of the fruit of the spirit, self control is the one most people neglect. We live in a culture of instant gratification. Self control seems outdated. Why should we deprive ourselves or wait for something when we can have it now? That is the mindset that is in both society and our churches. Discipline has been lost.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Ultimate fighters and ninjas are extremely disciplined. They must put their bodies under rigorous training schedules and methods to become as good as they want to become. They deprive themselves of certain foods because they know what foods are best for getting the results that they want. Other foods might taste good, but they do not serve a benefit of reaching the goal that is trying to be obtained.
Discipline is systematic instruction for the disciple and put into application.
A disciple is a student/follower who submits to discipline or a disciplined learner. This learning process is a lifetime journey. You will always be a student. You never arrive. You never pass the teacher because the teacher is Christ.
A disciple does not make emotionally fueled decisions. They do not make decisions based on how they feel.
1 Corinthians 6:12
I will not be dominated by anything!
Good intentions/New Year’s resolutions/promises
Every year people make intentions, resolutions and promises. They are going to quit smoking, they are going to eat healthy, they are going to workout and they fail. Why? Because this is not an area of instant gratification. This is a process. Most people do not want to discipline themselves to change because it is uncomfortable.
Note To Self:
It is only when our thoughts are challenged and conformed to the principles of God’s Word and our hearts are energized to
make choices consistent with God’s revealed will that a human being is transformed.
1 Timothy 3:16