DISCIPLINE; KEY TO STARDOM
“Favour will take a man to the top but it is DISCIPLINE that will keep him there”.
(1Cor. 9:27) 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.
What is Discipline?
Ø A Conscious control over your lifestyle.
A disciplined man is someone that has absolute control over his behavior, action, life etc.
Ø Discipline is doing the right thing at the right time and the rate it should be done.
It is indiscipline to be reminded about your assignment. It is indiscipline to do the work you are paid for sloppily or not do it at all.
Ø It is the ability to train / bring yourself to doing what you know is right to do.
It is indiscipline to bring phones to fellowship/church and leave them on sound.
Ø Discipline is bringing your body and soul to be subject to the dictates of the Spirit by the Word of God.
The Holy Spirit in you is to destroy the roots of indiscipline! You don’t have any excuse for not being disciplined!
EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE THAT MORTGAGED THEIR DESTINIES ON THE PLATFORM OF INDISCIPLINE
a. Saul the king: His tribe, Benjamin was the least in Israel. He went to look for his father’s lost asses but got the throne. He was the very first king of Israel, What a CV! But he messed up at the top because of Covetousness and Disobedience! Read about the rise and fall of King Saul from 1 Sam 9, 10 and 13, 15. This is a story every man aspiring for greatness must read!
b. Samson: Had a very promising destiny as pronounced right from the womb but his inordinate desire for women brought him down and prevented him from fulfilling destiny! You will not crash in Jesus name! Read the story of Samson from Judges 13-16.
c. Adam and Eve: This couple can be said to be guilty of abuse of privilege. God put them in a garden where everything was made available but they had eyes for what was not made available! They were covetous, therefore they crashed! That will not be your portion in Jesus’ name!
EXAMPLES OF MEN WHO ROSE TO STARDOM ON THE PLATFORM OF DISCIPLINE
1. Joseph (Genesis 39:7-9): He refused to sleep with Potiphar’s wife because he could control his sexual emotions. Some of us have riotous emotions that we need to tame! Be a Joseph, not an Amnon! He could have slept with her without anyone knowing but he knew better! Such moves, do not endure! God lifted him beyond Potiphar’s wife’s imagination! Wake up! Your path to the top can never be through indiscipline because the Word of God cannot be broken!
2. Daniel (Daniel 1:8, 6:4-5): Daniel determined, despite the availability of plenty of food which was his right that he will not defile himself. That your uncontrollable appetite or food is cursed in Jesus name because that is the reason why your growth has been stunted! He had a flawless appraisal! They could find no occasion to nail him! Strive to operate at that level. God lifted Daniel from being a common slave to a Governor!
God loves discipline!
Indiscipline is a killer of destiny, BEWARE!