The Value of Discipline

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1 Timothy 4:8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 

  • We exercise physical discipline to become physically healthy and in shape. We exercise  spiritual disciplines in order to become spiritually healthy and spiritually fit.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 (Impress them) on your children. (Talk about them) when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8  (Tie them) as symbols on your hands and (bind them) on your foreheads. 9 (Write them) on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. 

  • Getting the word in (front) of us 

Psalm 119:30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.

  • Getting the word (in) us

Jeremiah 15:16 – When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

  • Think about such things!

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

1 Timothy 6:6 – But godliness with contentment is great gain.

  • Definition of meditate 1 : to engage in contemplation or reflection He meditated long and hard before announcing his decision. 2 : to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.

Psalm 19:14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

Joshua 1:8 – Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Psalm 119:30 – I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.

Psalm 16:8 ESV – I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.