We recognise from scriptures that every child of God is redeemed to be a success. Also, God has made a Master Plan of success for us in all aspects of life. This is why the Bible says: I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
However, like any other scriptural promises, there are always conditions that enable us to inherit what God has provided for us in redemption. In order words, there is always what to do to get what we want. Jesus’ mother validated this during the wedding in Cana when she told the servants: …whatsoever he saith unto you, do it (John 2:5).
As we all know, success always comes with a price. This is why we can never find a successful believer who did not pay the price for success. Let us recognise also that God’s success plan is not a promise, but a covenant; therefore, until our part is adequately played, God is not committed to deliver.
Therefore, we must be conscious of our responsibility in the covenant of success. For instance, we understand from scriptures that when we diligently hearken to Biblical instructions and observe to do all that God commands, supernatural breakthrough is usually the outcome. When the covenant is broken, breakthrough becomes impossible (Deuteronomy 28:1-2). However, there are certain demands that qualify us for our birthright of success, and one of such is discipline.
BUT, WHAT IS DISCIPLINE?
Discipline is simply operating as demanded not as convenient. No one ever gets distinguished in any field of human endeavour without the virtue of discipline. In actual fact, it is discipline that begets distinction. If we must be distinguished, then we must be disciplined. We must recognise that discipline is not a gift, but a lifestyle of choice we design and submit to. This is because no one will ever be more distinguished in his pursuit, than he is disciplined. Moreover, nothing triggers the potential within us like self-discipline (Genesis 39:9, 41:15-44; Daniel 1:8, 17-20, 6:10-28; 1Corinthians 6:12, 10:23).
Discipline is obviously a fundamental requirement for exploits and the following scriptural examples validate this claim:
Joseph: He was a highly disciplined man and he demonstrated this when he refused to yield to the demands of his master’s wife. He said: How can I do this wicked thing and sin against God? As a result, he became a distinguished man of exploits. For instance, he became the breadwinner of nations and the core preserver of Israel. There were no legitimate charges against him, thus he could be trusted with the entire estate of Potiphar, his master (Genesis 39:9, 21/41:15-16, 38-44).
Daniel: According to Bible history, Daniel determined not to defile himself with the sumptuous delicacies on the king’s table. Thus, he prospered in leadership for 65 years and he remained a revered consultant to every subsequent leader of that nation (Daniel 1:8).
Nehemiah: He was a man sold-out to his task and the well-being of the people of God. As an exemplary leader, he led a revolutionary army that embarked on the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. As a result, he was promoted from a cupbearer to the governor of the nation. We must, therefore, note that our dignity is a function of our discipline (Nehemiah 1:1-10, 4:15-16, 23).
Paul the Apostle: He determined to subscribe to what was profitable. He said: All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any (1 Corinthians 6:12; see also 1 Corinthians 10:23). It was said of him, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men.” Even the demons affirmed, “Jesus, I know; Paul, I know!” He also wrote two-thirds of the New Testament. Therefore, discipline enhances our productivity and it is the highway to distinction in the pursuit of any task (Acts 14:11, 19:14-15; 1Corinthians 9:24-26).
Remember, it is our task that determines the kind of approach we put into it. For instance, Nehemiah and the people never took off their clothes except for washing. They were on duty as demanded by that task. Also, Daniel and his companions purposed in their hearts not to defile themselves with the king’s rich food. Therefore, we cannot make the most of any task that does not make specific demands on our lives (Nehemiah 4:23; Daniel 1:8).
We need to understand that highly disciplined people are “sweatlessly” distinguished. Therefore, the more disciplined we are, the more distinguished we become. From these scriptural examples, it is abundantly clear that it takes discipline to pay the extra price for extraordinary accomplishments in the race of life and be distinguished.
In conclusion, there is no aspect in life where indiscipline pays, whether in ministry, industry or politics. This is because, without discipline, life slips off, opportunities are lost and destinies are destroyed. You shall not end as a victim.
Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the Living God. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!” For further reading, please get my books: Understanding Vision and Understanding Divine Direction. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 9:10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. respectively.
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