Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
September 9, 2015 IT TAKES DISCIPLINE
Those who follow Jesus may appear to others as if they have the perfect life. They may seem to have it all together. They may look as if they are flawless and dedicated. However, that is far from the truth. They still sin. They still mess up. They still have some issues. We all do. The difference their attitude. They seem to have it together because they have the attitude of Christ and know God is in control. Another difference is their discipline. They are called disciples for a reason. It takes discipline to resist temptation, live for Him and be truthful and honest. That attitude and discipline comes from a relationship with Him. We can all be true disciples for God when we are disciplined to do His will.
2 Corinthians 4:2 “We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.” (NLT)
2 Corinthians 4:2 “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.” (KJV)
Dear Lord, we want Your will to be done today. We pray You will take us and use us as You see fit. Give us opportunities to practice discipline in our daily walk. Give us strength to make the right decisions. Help us be a godly example to others in telling the truth and being a hard worker for You. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. We want to know You better and better every day so we can correctly explain Your word to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
We are to work hard for God and show others we are different because He is a part of our lives.
When we reject the world and focus on God, He can help us live the life He wants us to live.
We are to tell the truth before God and never distort His word. Never.
When we are living as God wants us to live, we will never be ashamed of anything we do.
We can all be true disciples for God when we are disciplined to do His will.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” (NLT)
Focus: Focus on Jesus. Work hard. Tell the truth. Be disciplined to do His will.