Sunday, June 16, 2013

Self Control Part two: a commandment is calling



About three years ago I was listening to Terri Savelle Foy speak about dreams and goals and afterwards I spent just a few minutes with her and she told me I had an anointing for discipline. This year, I realized that as Christians we all have the same anointing, because we have the holy spirit in us , we all have Christs spirit in us. The same works that Christ did we will do also and greater still. John 14:12:  "I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.





So how was I told that I had an anointing for discipline? I think maybe what would be a Better wording is a gift for it. So if I have a gift for discipline, what still does it look like? Well, self control or discipline is a fruit of the spirit so it can be grown and cultivated. As a GIFTING, I have to open it and use it. We all have tons of untapped potential, Like Terri Savelle Foy says your calling is calling, but will you answer? God intends for us to BE a certain something-- will we step up to it? 

Will we open that gifting we have and USE it? God had called us all differently, some he has called to be dancers, some actors, some mothers and some missionaries... All of us he has called to shine his light. One way is through discipline and self control.  




We are actually commanded to be alert, aware and self controlled. Yes commanded!! We don't like to hear it, but the bible says God expects it of us. If we do not take seriously what God commands us to do, we are not set apart from the world and if we are not set apart by our actions, by OUR choice of actions, we are as good as telling the world, steeped in their sins... It's ok. Your sin will destroy you, but keep going, don't let me away you, make you uncomfortable or show you a better way. 


Does everyone have the same calling? No way! Does everyone work the same, workout the same and work on self control in same areas? Of course not, we will know in our spirits what God is prompting us to do and what areas to give over to him and follow his call of self control. 



Just like I said in the first post, we are to be aware and alert to our behavior. We prayerfully ask for help to be aware when we over or under eat, when we use food to cover emotions. We listen when he asks us to care for our temple, we do, we walk, move, eat nourishing foods. We are aware, and ARE set apart to shine for others as Christ commanded and asked of us. Don't get me wrong, I don't do this perfectly!  But I do what I can and God does the rest. In fact like the Apostle Paul says, when I am weak, THEN I am strong, because in my weakness and imperfection, God shines his perfection brighter yet.  When I am not in contest prep mode, I enjoy healthy and sometimes, not very healthy treats in moderation, but God loves to see us enjoy things!! Having a delicious ice cream cone, isn't sin, being in bondage to overeating or putting food before God IS sin. He wants us to enjoy in moderation, everything but him--go OVERBOARD!! 


Moderation? 
NO.

So I don't stress it when I fall short. God promised in the bible that he will complete the good work he started in me. HE is the good work in me, with my self control and the situations he puts me in so I can USE the self control, I am given the chance to let him shine. 




8 comments:

Mary Cosedine said...

A refreshing blog - Christians have hope and I think that is what sets us apart. Of course discipline can be a natural way of life - it is not easy but reaps incredible rewards - it is the opposite of procrastination or "good intentions".

A lot of worthwhile things are not easy to do but that is life. To progress in any thing you need to expend effort.

Thanks Mary

Noemi Bostrom said...

I agree with this wonderful article. Discipline can be grown and cultivated. Being a Christian, discipline can be motivated through constant prayers.

Helen said...

Discipline is the only way to achieve results on purpose and if religion is your motivation than keep on practicing it.

Nelsy Holmen said...

This is a great post. Self-control and discipline are very important in order for us to become happy with our lives. Anyway, this is really inspiring. Thanks a lot! ;-)

Jenna Rodgers said...

What a great post. . . It is a shame to see people who are gifted not use what they are given. Luckily, you're not one of those people :)

Kate said...

Discipline and consistency is the number one thing separating the winners from the rest of the pack.

Janette Emerson said...

This is a refreshing article. I was able to reflect on my past activities and I realized I wasn't praying anymore. God must be at the center of our life whatever we do. This will be the best guide of all. :-D

Steve said...

Being tough on yourself and consistency is the number one thing which is needed to achieve your goals.

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