The Freedom of Discipline

Playing board games with my six and nine year old girls has taught me one thing-rules exist for a reason.  Halfway into our family game night, my daughter realized she was losing and suddenly attempted to switch the rules on the rest of us.  Board game anarchy ensued and we all ended up quitting the game entirely, with all hopes of fun squashed!

The truth is, sometimes we act like little children.  We want what we want when we want it, and we offer up mini tantrums to God, saying, “Well, God, I don’t like all these rules!”

The world might have us believe that true freedom comes when there is an emergency fund in the bank or a big, fat 401K waiting for us in retirement.  Do more, accrue more, and gain more freedom.

But God’s plan for our freedom is that we rely 100% on Him and are obedient to Him so that we can be free. 

  “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” (Psalm 119:45)

         Dependence on God leads to freedom.

         Surrender leads to victory!

The Freedom-of-Discipline Challenge:

Where can you practice some form of discipline that will lead to the reward of Christ-exalting, God-glorifying, Satan-destroying JOY?

I challenge each of you to choose an area of your life where God is calling you to reign in your self-will in order to experience the freedom of obeying His will.

Ask yourself…

  • Lord, would you have me practice disciplining my tongue, through careful guarding of the words I speak to my children, husband, friends, or coworkers?
  • Lord, would you have me practice disciplining my physical flesh and the cravings for comfort that food provides, by choosing instead to glorify you through the temple which is my body?
  • Lord, would you have me practice disciplining my financial life, by living within my means and following our family budget?
  • Lord, would you have me practice disciplining my prayer life, through daily meditation on your promises and your Word?

Whatever your struggle, God promises 100% success and 0% relapse if you have the kind of self-control that is inspired by God.   God promises freedom from sin and freedom not to sin

The practice of discipline ends in the reward of experiencing joy.

The peace of God follows our choice to OBEY.

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6 Responses

05.06.12

Such a great challenge! There are several areas of discipline that need attention in my life… I suspect you could guess a few my dear friend! I want that sweet freedom that only comes from obedience to Him. I love how you summed this up… “The practice of discipline ends in the reward of experiencing joy. The peace of God follows our choice to obey.” –Awesome Truth that I never want to lose sight of. Love you…

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05.06.12

Thanks for sharing your insight and wisdom Erin. I can’t wait to read more.

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05.06.12

Beautiful encouragement!
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Thank you for sharing! It is awesome to see God use his people to speak truth into the lives of others. Thank you for using your gift.
I am challenged to not just live life by my rules but live life so that less of me is seen and more of God. Great post.
–Nicole Howes

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05.06.12

I love this, “Dependence on God leads to Freedom,Surrender leads to victory.” How true. If only we would live in this constant state of reckless abandon and surrender to him…it wouldn’t even seem like work or discipline – it would be built into character. Beautiful insight and I love the challenge!:)

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05.06.12

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I love the title! The Freedom of Discipline. I will be meditating on that truth, asking God what that means for my life.

Thanks, Erin!

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