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Discipline!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Pastor
Cecil Thompson

Proverbs 1:1-4

"The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion."

Imagine that you are sitting in a magnificent concert hall. Suddenly a performer enters and sits at a grand piano. After a few minutes the piano seems to come alive with music that fills the entire hall and applause greets the end of the concert. You happen to be the last one in the hall and hesitantly approach the piano. As you sit facing the keyboard, you begin to play. The sound is utterly discordant. What is the difference?

Let’s try to picture a scene from the Winter Olympics. A skater performs leaps and spins that bring the spectators to their feet with a mighty roar. Later you decide to seek out an ice arena and after renting a pair of skates venture onto the ice. Your upright position soon is changed into an embarrassing flop. You know the reason.

The reason for failure to be accomplished in a particular field is the lack of discipline. A person must begin with the simple—rudimentary tasks before progressing to the next. After hours, days, weeks and years of disciplined devotion to the task, competence is reached.

What is true for a musician or athlete is true in our spiritual life. We are not born spiritually with knowledge and maturity, it is essential that we spend considerable time in Bible study, prayer and practical ministry in order to reach spiritual maturity.

Professional musicians and athletes understand that even though they perform on a regular basis, they need to regularly go back to the basics in order to be at their best at all times. How about you? Are you disciplined to be the best disciple that the Lord wants you to be?

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil

 

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