There are many things that are required of you in the fitness world that are the same in your spiritual walk and discipline is one of them. “You have to develop a discipline” they say whether its your trainer or you church leader. But what is discipline? One of the definition for discipline in the dictionary is to: (V) train oneself to do something in a controlled habitual way.
Basically we need train ourselves to create a habit of doing something so that way it becomes part of who we are and what we do. But usually its in the creating the discipline day by day where we struggle, well I know I do. But I need to put my head in the game to do it and push myself because I want it to become an essence of who I am.
I remember when I was super into the fitness world back in 2016, I would make myself get out of bed at 5am and go to the gym. I would meal prep all my meals Sunday for the week so I wouldn’t have an excuse to eat something outside of the diet I was holding. And I would hold myself accountable hard if I stepped out of line. Obviously this was a very rigorous diet and I wasn’t overall very graceful to myself but it did help me to create a discipline and habit in my life. Today although I slipped in my discipline of waking up early and meal prepping, I still hold a lot of the habits as to what I eat and remaining active in some kind of way unconsciously because it became part of who I am.
Developing a discipline in your spiritual life is even more important. Paul tells Timothy,
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8 NLT
He doesn’t say don’t train physically and that its bad he says “its good” BUT training in your godliness is “MUCH better”. God doesn’t just want us to focus on the outward appearance of our lives but to train ourselves to know who He is, what He says and His promises, so we can live a life that reflects who He is. Life can come at any moment and shake things up. It can stir a serious chaos. God knows its happened to me before. But when your are habitually walking with God, your easier to stand the pressure because you know theses things and they are part of your being.
What does a discipline life in spirit look like?
When you seek God everyday regardless of the chaos around you. You make an effort to keep your God appointment.
When you feed yourself with God’s word by doing a devotional, reading a piece of scripture and meditating.
Also feeding your spirit in reading a spiritual growth book (Bible based), or doing a bible study work book. Something that is going to teach you more about the who, what, when, where, why and how of God.
You begin to try and align your thoughts to God’s. For example thinking “what would Jesus do?” when you’re faced in a circumstance.
Everyday I have to try my best to walk disciplined. Being intentional in what I do, say and hear. Because I want to make sure that my spirit obeys and keeps the things of God rather then what my flesh wants. My spirit wants the fresh salad but my flesh wants the cookies and cake. Does it mean I never mess up? Of course not! I go and grab a cookie every once in a while but when I lead a life of discipline I hold myself accountable when I mess up and its easier to bounce back into the habit because its engraved in who I am.
Lord help me to live out a disciplined life in health, finances and especially in my spirit. Be my trainer in guiding me to seek you everyday, to know You and Your word. Give me the wisdom and ability to walk and reflect the essence of who You are. I want You to be part of what makes me who I am. Amen.
Day 2 Work Out:
I did a warm up in the treadmill for 15 mins and then did the Nike Training App work out called “The Power Center” for 30 mins.
I highly suggest this app, if you feel like you need something to guide you. Its great workouts from 15-45 mins all guided and completely free.
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