I’ve learned over time that discipline is the difference in achieving my goals and not achieving my goals, in possessing the promises of God and not possessing the promises of God. Sheer discipline. That’s it. Nothing too fancy or too complicated. Just follow instructions the first time, every time.
I’m trying to get my soon-to-be 4-year old to do just that. Boy, I tell you. This child is a humbling challenge. Our first daughter complied a lot easier. This one. . . she’s the gift of humility that keeps on giving. Loving and rearing her, I have to remind myself that she possesses all of my stubbornness and “matter-a-fact-ness” too. She is ME.
Daily, we talk about following directions the first time, every time. But get this. When she does it, she reminds us that she did it. In her cute, 4-year-old voice, she says: “Don’t you like how I followed directions the first time?” Then shines a flirty smile . . . But wait, there’s more. She goes on to say, “Does that mean I get a special treat?”
“No, you don’t get a treat because you did what I asked you to do the first time.”
Can you believe the manipulation? The sneakiness? The nerve? In no uncertain terms do we reward our child for doing what she is supposed to do, just because she did it one or even a few times.
God probably feels the same way.
“I put some money in the collection plate, God. Bless me right now!”
“I went to church, God, heal my body.”
“I was nice to someone who was mean to me. Pay off my debt, God.”
And God says, “Girl, bye!”
Sure, God rewards his children, just as I reward my daughter. But this is how it works.
- Go to God. Develop a relationship with Him. Stay in Him. Connect and commit to His Body (which is the church). Seek Him, not just the answer to your prayer or the supply for your need. Seek Him. Do these things consistently so it’s not like you just want something without giving anything.
- Believe in Him with all your being. How do you do that? Hear and obey the first time, every time. That’s faith.
Hebrews 11:6 reads: But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Another word for diligence is discipline. Make this the year you are disciplined in your seeking, in your connection, in your commitment, and in your obedience. . . the first time, and every time.
Shout out to Disciplined Woman Sharon for sharing her journal with us. It even has the mustard seeds in the center bullseye. We declare and decree right now supernatural increase from the seed you’ve sown and the diligence you display. It is so, in Jesus’ name.
I’m so excited for you all. Talk soon,