1 Corinthians 9:24-27
” 24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”
Have you ever been in those situations where you ask yourself why did I just do that, say that, or even feel the way I did? I know I have. I have done things in my life where I have told myself Christian you have to be smarter then that. I have had moments where I have told myself I can’t treat people like that. Have you felt this before? Of course you have your human, and that’s what humans do. We all mess up and do things, say things, and feel things that we don’t mean too.
How do we control our emotions, and actions? We have to spiritually discipline ourselves. We spiritually discipline ourselves by spending time in Gods word and prayer. This helps us connect with God, learn who he is, and teaches us how to act and respond with others. We can also worship and praise God which helps us in recognizing who He is and magnifies the glory of the King. Serving and giving is also another way to bring us closer to the Lord when we do it with the right heart and mindset. All of these acts are ways to spiritually discipline ourselves and walk in obedience. We should all make it an effort to spiritually discipline ourselves everyday.
Pray This Prayer:
Father, I pray today that I don’t run around aimlessly, that I discipline my mind and body to seek you Lord God and not the world. Lord, I pray as I read your word, that I meditate on it, that I let your living word live in me, and that I run my race for you Lord in whatever area you have called me to run. Let my life bring praise and glory to you Father, not myself. Let me take joy because of you Lord, as I train for this race you have set for me. Let me be full of joy and peace as I train because I am in your presence. Lord, I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
Question: What has God called you to do? Are you training for it, or do you feel you are running around aimlessly?”