It is time to start exercising (I can hear you laughing at me, Pastor Cindy what do you mean?)
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
This year I pledged to myself to exercise a little bit more than last year. Maybe you have done the same thing, so well-done to you. Or I wonder if you have already started to make excuses for not getting started. Are you already saying, tomorrow I’ll get started, but tomorrow keeps getting further and further away. Only you can answer that.
If you’re still on track with your commitment to regularly exercise, well done! If you’re already faltering in that commitment after just a few days you need help getting started and maintaining that heartfelt commitment to the lord.
You may tell yourself, Well, I’ll start tomorrow. But the world is filled with people who put things off again and again. Are you going to let that be your story this year as well? Are you going to take place among world class procrastinators who never do what they promised about getting in shape and who therefore deteriorate physically year by year because they won’t take care of themselves? Remember you need to stay strong physically not just for your own sake, but to be able to finish your spiritual race strong for Him.
So, lets read Hebrews 12:11 again. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
This verse says no discipline seems pleasant, some bible said seems joyful.
Isn’t it true that when you are trying to teach a child discipline, this is often the moment when wills collide and that innocent-looking little child can put up the fight of a lifetime? it amazing to see how strongly a child can resist your instruction! At that moment, the conflict between parent and child may seem unending, but the truth is, it is fleeting and temporary. As tough as it can be to win the battle of wills and teach a child who’s in authority, it is necessary for the parent to endure that moment in order to establish who’s in charge and teach that child the need to obey and submit to parental authority.
However, this enduring of unpleasant moments isn’t only true of dealing with children, it can be applied to any areas of flesh where discipline is needed. For instance, flesh despises and resists financial discipline because it has to say no to things it wants to purchase. Flesh hates dietary discipline because it has to push away the plate when it wants to overeat. And flesh loathes the physical discipline of exercise because it doesn’t want to be subjected to the hardness of such rigorous activity. It abhors the inconvenience of getting out of bed early, walking down the hallway forcing discipline on it.
So those who have pledged this year to do something whether physically or Spiritually, Your flesh will probably rave, scream, resist, and recall everything you could be doing at that moment instead of exercising or what ever you have chosen for your challenge this year. It will try to escape by reminding you of other things that you need to do, people you need to call, other places you need to be, things you need to fix, and so on. The pain of discipline isn’t attractive to the flesh, so it may look for a way out of that momentary discomfort.
So, Hebrews 12:11 could be interpreted. No discipline feels pleasant or enjoyable at the time it is happening. But later on, it produces long-awaited righteous fruit in the lives of those who are willing to undergo the discipline required to attain it.
Remember, you are in charge of your flesh, your flesh is not in charge of you.
The Holy Spirit will help you
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