​OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL…DATE: SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2016THEME: SELF DISCIPLINE

​OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL…
DATE: SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2016
THEME: SELF DISCIPLINE
Memorise:

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. 1st Corinthians 9:27
Read: 1st Corinthians 9:24-27, (KJV)

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run

all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye

may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is

temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a

corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight

I, not as one that beateth the air:
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.
Message
Self-discipline is a personal commitment and

decision to voluntarily yield every aspect of ones

life to the Almighty God. This is ensuring nothing

controls or influences your life outside the power

of God. You must make no further provision for

anything else to rule your life except the power of

God. For this specific reason of desiring to be

vessel unto honour, you deliberately narrow your

choices to only what Jesus will have you do at

any given time. When a man is self-disciplined,

he will no longer entangle himself with the affairs

of this life or with those things that add no

significant value to his life as a Christian.

Presenting your body as a living sacrifice is one

of the ways to impose discipline on yourself.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies

of God, that ye present your bodies a living

sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your

reasonable service”

Romans 12:1
The fact that some people are not determined

enough to pay the price of self-discipline is a

major reason why things will not work for them

the way they expect. In life, nothing goes for

nothing. Until there is a departure from certain

things, there can never be a discovery of great

things. No one will amount to something great

until they are ready to make certain sacrifices,

which must come through self-imposed discipline.

Having been a boxer myself, I can tell you that

you can never become a champion in the world of

boxing if you are not programmed to be self-

disciplined. When an individual is not disciplined,

he or she will not be able to go far in life. A

believer will have to be disciplined when it comes

to certain issues like eating, sleeping, talking etc.

Some people cannot do without comfort for a

while. There are some that are slowed down in

life because there are numerous weights that they

are entangled with. When you are not self-

disciplined, it will lead to your being unfruitful and

unproductive in the business of God. There are

people who cannot pray as they should because

they cannot allow anything to deny them of their

sleep. Some people will always eat when they

should be fasting just because they cannot deny

themselves of food.
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run

all, but one recieveth the prize? So run that ye

may obtain”.

1st Corinthians 9:27
Here, Paul was portraying the struggles that one

must contend with in the Christian walk if one will

have to make full proof of his ministry. Apostle

Paul was willing to make all sacrifices and

commitments required in evangelising to the

world. He was obedient to the demands of the

gospel because of the assurance that He who

called him was faithful to reward him in due time.

As believers, there is the need to show

commitment in self-discipline to the task of our

calling as ministers of the gospel. Those who

prepare for competitions with the mind of

receiving perishable rewards still give the

competition all the sacrifice required, this is a big

lesson for those of us preparing for eternal

rewards. One must exercise no less commitment

or sacrifice. As long as we faithfully run the

Christian race, we can be assured of the gift of

eternal glory in Christ Jesus. No matter the

difficulties we encounter, we can be rest assured

that the grace of God can be relied upon.
Prayer Point

Father, please remove anything that will hinder my greatness from my life in Jesus’ name.
Bible in one year:

Isaiah 14:28-19:15 and Psalm 33:12-22
AUTHOR: Pst E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 2: O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED.

O Jesus, I have promised,

To serve Thee to the end;

Be Thou forever near me,

My Master and my Friend;

I shall not fear the battle

If Thou art by my side,

Nor wander from the pathway

If Thou wilt be my Guide.

Oh, let me feel Thee near me;

The world is ever near;

I see the sights that dazzle,

The tempting sounds I hear;

My foes are ever near me,

Around me and within;

But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,

And shield my soul from sin.

Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,

In accents clear and still,

Above the storms of passion,

The murmurs of self-will;

Oh, speak to reassure me,

To hasten, or control;

Oh, speak, and make me listen,

Thou Guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, Thou hast promised

To all who follow Thee

That where Thou art in glory

There shall Thy servant be;

And Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end;

Oh, give me grace to follow,

My Master and my Friend.

Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,

And in them plant mine own;

My hope to follow duly

Is in Thy strength alone.

Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,

Uphold me to the end;

And then to rest receive me,

My Savior and my Friend.

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