Discipline-The control value

Success is not something we wake up one morning and walk into. Success comes when we deliberately and intentionally apply it's principles.
However, discipline is one of the criteria for success. Without discipline you can neither achieve anything nor move forward from where you are.


Success is all about controlling every area of your life and making them turn out as you want. Discipline is the control value.
Without discipline we can't control our time neither can we control the things we do.

There is a direct correlation between a child and one without discipline because children only do whatever that comes their way and whatever they feel like doing whether good or bad. They even find it difficult most times to follow instructions.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:11;
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child, when I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me (1 Corinthians 13:11)
In summary, he is saying, 'I was not disciplined to know what to do when I was a child'. It was beyond me as it is with every child; but when I grew I disciplined myself and put away childishness.

Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant though he be lord of all. (Galatians 4:1)
The above scripture is simply saying that as long as an heir is still a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole kingdom.

Your success will always elude you until you begin to mature in discipline.


Being disciplined can help us avoid a lot of unnecessary things that can drift our focus.

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Amonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
    One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon... And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her....(2 Samuel 11:1-4)
You can see the chains of events. Indiscipline, idleness, adultery, and if you read further you will see murder.
Verse one said "at the time kings go off for war" which means that David as a king was supposed to lead his army to war, but he stayed back. He did not discipline himself to do the right thing at the right time. Only one decision caused by indiscipline made him go deep into sin and later brought sorrow to him.

So many men have fallen because they failed to discipline themselves. Samson in the Bible is a perfect example of this. He failed because he refused to adhere to God's instructions upon his life. Samson full of power and strength was taken down by a woman.

Discipline is very important when it comes to becoming successful and fulfilling purpose.
Discipline yourself in the way you talk, in your thought pattern, in the things you do, and in every other aspect of your life, that way you will get to where you are going faster and even safer.

Note:
- Your potentials cannot be harnessed in carelessness.
- Your success will always elude you until you mature in discipline.
- Indiscipline brings about chains of bad events.
Make realistic plans, do not follow trivialities. God is interested in those who discipline themselves because he can trust them with great things.


"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11)"

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