WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL:

In Honor of the Big “SD” (Self Discipline)

Here we go again with that “ouch” word. Sorry, but not sorry! We are all in the same boat, on the same page, no pride or boasting here, I need it, you need it, it will make such as tremendous difference for time and eternity. Jesus spoke so much about it, we must think much about it, and act on it while we have the chance.
 
A great practical help will be to read carefully, on chapter each day, in the Book of Proverbs. By so doing, reading each day the chapter for the number of the day, a continual flow of God’s wisdom for human living will be at work in us. Such will save us from many costly mistakes and grant us much understanding of the path we need to walk through the world we live in. No pain, no gain!
 
This must not be the only place in the Bible we read, we should cover the whole spectrum of the Old and New Testament. I do not believe any of us can expect to be spiritually aware and influential if we do not do what we can to follow the admonition of Scripture to “Let the Word of God dwell richly in us“. Do not say, “I don’t have time”. We all have the same amount! God will help you and show you, even if your schedule is already overcrowded. It is true, some find it easier to read and study than others. Do what you can. The Holy Spirit will guide you! Do not be sidetracked by condemnation, by failure to live up to what you know. Our perfection in standing before God is totally dependent on the covering of being made “the righteousness of God in Christ“. As long as we are trusting Jesus, our acceptance without condemnation stands firm. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness“. Our standing before God is not based on our performance, but on the performance of Jesus on Calvary.
 
HOWEVER, our performance is highly important. Jesus says to us, “If anyone will come after me, let him take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Sounds like self discipline doesn’t it?
 
–Pastor Don Foster, Sr.

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