Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, August 7th, 2011
Friends To Success: Discipline
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NAS)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:22-24 (NAS)
'So that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control' (1 Corinthians 7:5), you must be disciplined. Discipline comes from God. 'Out of the heavens He let you hear His voice to discipline you' (Deuteronomy 4:36). 'For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines' (Hebrews 12:6).

As God lives within us, we must learn to discipline ourselves as well. 'Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things... I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified' (1 Corinthians 9:25,27).

Actors, models, and talent for Christ, don't lose the role because you lack discipline in fitness, punctuality, practice, or professionalism. God says Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were 'ten times better' (Daniel 1:20) than all the young men in Babylon. Even though they were Jews and foreigners, they rose to success.

Even though you are Christians and foreigners in Hollywood, you will rise to success, too... if you are ten times better than the competition.

So where do you find this discipline? In God's Word, God's Spirit, prayer, good fellowship, good habits, and the good sense to avoid temptation. Think about it: avoiding temptation was Jesus' final commandment to His group of disciples (see Luke 22:46). He knew what they faced. He knows what you face.

'For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened' (Matthew 7:8). 'For nothing will be impossible with God' (Luke 1:37). Even discipline.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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