Jesus Habits

When we say we need discipline, it leaves a bad taste in our mouths. It’s basically exposing our weakness. It’s admitting that we are not strong in our own strength. The discipline that P. Seth and P. Jacob were speaking on was dealing with being a good steward of your soul, just as we need to be a good steward of our bodies. 

When we fast, we don’t just give up something. The reason so many fail at fasting (which I have many times), is mostly because they don’t replace it with the Word. The discipline is not the fast. Fasting is a tool. The discipline is the part when you purpose in your heart to depend on the Word of God to sustain you, and that’s what makes the fast successful. That is the purpose of fasting! 

Jesus very often withdrew to pray, to spend time with Dad. When Jesus prayed, it wasn’t rehearsed and presented. It was raw and it was His heart exposed. Even if there was no sin for Him to confess or to repent of, He still had to gain strength from the Father to overcome temptation. Prayer is a tool. Exposing your heart to the Lord is the discipline. Hebrews 5:7-8

One discipline I struggled with was reading the written Word of God. I listened to a lot of messages. I thought that would sustain me, but I was sorely mistaken. I slipped back into a former lifestyle that I thought I was done with. I idolized theatre, I was drinking a lot, I was smoking a lot, I went into another deep depression, I ate my emotions, and I even contemplated leaving my husband and kid to do theatre. I actually made plans to do just that. Some of this I haven’t opened up to many people about because that was such a dark time. But the reason I have to show you the incredible amount of stupid things I slipped back into is to show you how no spiritual discipline can put you at risk to stop serving God. Even listening to all those great messages that our church puts out for FREE, those second-hand revelations could not sustain me. I was depending on someone else to bring the Word to me. While it’s needed that we listen to our pastors, they cannot replace the dependence that we need to have on our Father. 

Once I figured out where my dependence needed to be, I found that these tools that God gave us to use, He is also using for me. But it’s not just for me, it’s so I can serve others and bring the Word of God to them. 

If you’re wondering what spiritual discipline looks like, read the Gospels and follow Jesus’s life. 

Follow Jesus.

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  1. Pastor: Chet

    The great thing about learning disaplines is that the prepare you to stand when the going gets really tough.
    Paul said, when you’ve done all you can do to stand, just stand ! Disciplines provide us with sound assurance through faith.
    John said, the begotten one keeps himself that the wicked one touch him not !

  2. mikellwallace2009

    I haven’t seen my father since the age of eight years old. My Great Grandparents wouldn’t allow him to come around, seeing how alot of blame was pushed onto him due to the fact that my Mother was their grandchild. My father and I have always managed to keep a relationship, he did what he could to see me and send me gifts. In 2001-2002 My small family moved from California to Oklahoma to live in the house my Great Grandparents dreamed about and they finally had it built. My father was still not allowed around us kids. A few years passed and I thought about my father every single day and night.We reunited via telephone and my life became complete once again. Due to illness, cancer, death an every day life itself, it seemed impossible to meet up with my dad. We talked on the phone every day and even wrote letters back and forth. It seemed like we were together even though in reality; miles separated us. Of course we talk about moving closer all the time, though it seemed we had all the time in the world. I knew for sure my father had ben diagnosed with congestive heart failure a few years ago. His father (my Grandpa) passed away from that same disease. Though, my dad is invincible. So, I  knew he could fight this off as if he was superman. My father is a strong fighter. A badass. Hes my father. No stupid illness is going to have any impact on him at all. He is strong. He is better than batmans shield on a full moon kind of night. Stronger than any web of steel or iron if spidermans webs were casted out of metal. No X-Mans mortal powers could calm or stop the storm of strength my dad threw off. Bruce Lee nor Chuck Norris were quick enough to slow my Daddy down.

    I just learned that my father’s health is worse than an 80 year old with multiple problems. He has lead me to believe that his health was excellent to keep me in good spirits and so I wouldn’t worry. Devastating the hell out of me, he’s mainly ben ignoring me and avoiding my calls, due to the fact we are always 100% honest with each other, and he didt want to give me this heartbreaking news.We dont have the rest of our lives to reunite face to face. My Poor Daddy is in very bad health. He isnt strong right now, im trying to figureout how to be the tough one now. Im trying to be his savior and superhero now, just like he was to me. So many, many times. Daddy Im trying: How do I fly with broken wings? I just got off the phone from him not even two hours ago and my heart keeps thinking that; that could be the last time I ever speak to my Daddy. I JUST NOW learned he is having another major surgery on his heart Monday February 20 , 2017. He is currently in a hospital in Fresno California, the town I was born in and many years later, had no choice but to move away from. Im still residing in Oklahoma. I need to get to my Daddy. He needs a superhero this time. He needs someone by his side, though he says “dont worry baby” He has no family except us kids out here in Oklahoma. My father and I are the closest amongst all us siblings. No one should have to go thru any type of surgery alone, muchless a serious one like this one. I wish i knew sooner, I wish my Daddy would have let me known ALL the issues his body was suffering with. My daddy is so selfLESS he would rather pass from this earth alone, than to have his baby girl worry. Please help me get two plane tickets or one or any amount. I need to be there for my Daddy. He has always ben with my every step and breath of my life, he just doesnt realize it.Daddy im trying, I will be your supergirl. Hold on please. 580-230-9758
    mikellwallace2009@gmail. Com

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