You are welcome to this segment in Jesus’ name. I believe God is already doing great things in your life since the beginning of this year. This month, I shall be discussing: Enhancing my Single Life
Today, I will be looking at Discipline: The Hallmark of Greatness. The purpose of this teaching is to help you discover how to take control of your life, by setting goals and taking concrete steps to achieve them, in pursuit of greatness and excellence in life.
Everyone loves to be great; everyone loves to excel in life’s adventure. But, how many are ready to pay the price for it? Someone said, “Life is not a sprint; it’s a long distance race.” No wonder God’s Word says: And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things (1 Corinthians 9:25).
What is discipline?
Discipline means self-control, the ability to control your behaviour. To secure your future, you must learn to discipline your behaviour.
That means, if you must arrive at the colourful future you dream of, it is expedient for you to put yourself under a disciplined self-programme that helps to monitor your advancement on the journey.
In this teaching, I will like to focus on self-discipline. Self- discipline from the American Heritage Dictionary, means discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement. Self-discipline is the ability to regulate your conduct by principle and sound judgment, rather than by impulse, desire, peer-pressure, or social custom.
Self-discipline is one of the hardest qualities to achieve in character development. Self-discipline means that you must have the ability to control yourself. For example, instead of going out with friends to play, you must be able to control yourself and stay back to study. Self-discipline means that you have to be very determined to achieve the goals you have set.
To be a self-disciplined person, you must be able to control your feelings and desires, and also behave responsibly without orders.
PRINCIPLES OF SELF-DISCIPLINE
Set a goal
For the purpose of the mission set before him, Paul said: All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any (1 Corinthians 6:12). Without goal-setting, it is very difficult to go far in life. So, before you start a project or work, be sure to set a target or goal. A wise man said: “Goal setting is the strongest force for human motivation. So, set a goal and make it come true.”
Have a Strong desire to achieve your goal
Apostle Paul said: I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (1 Corinthians 9:26-27). When you have a goal, make sure that you have the desire to fulfil it.
Persevere in spite of failure
You need to persevere in whatever you are doing. Refuse to give up easily. The Bible says: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).
To be able to benefit from the points that have just been discussed, you need to surrender your life to Christ. You surrender by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are ready to be born again, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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