I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
The greatest transformation in my life was committing to Christ at 51. My second greatest transformation was losing 220 pounds (starting at age 37), but that's another story. Most people think I have a lot of discipline. I think I have a lot of God.
I lost weight without surgery, drugs, products, counseling or commercial diets. I also exercised. Over the years, I've met many faithful followers of fitness at the gym who pursue health and beauty with gusto.
In the world of entertainment, staying in shape is standard operating procedure for stars--along with the discipline it takes to do so.
I've found church stars less committed to fitness, but they need to renew their minds. Because an undisciplined body can be a roadblock to success.
That being said, having an undisciplined spirit is a bigger roadblock. 'For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come' (1 Timothy 4:8). Discipline is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
If you don't think you have enough discipline, go to the Word. Go to your prayer closet. Go to the Throne Room of God and ask Him. Because godly discipline is found in Him.
Concerning fad diets and the next new exercise sensation: 'Have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness' (1 Timothy 4:7).
As I write this devotion, my discipline is far from perfect. But knowing the Power to reach the Goal is transforming.
Both God and man promote people of self-control. Therein, discipline is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
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P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.