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Disciplined or Disqualified!

Faith is focusing all of your conscious and subconscious thoughts and your
natural and supernatural powers to create a spiritual cable more powerful than
any steel cable.  Faith, through this cable, moves mountains.
This cable is discipline!

The words discipline and disciple come from the same root.
Early Christians were called disciples.  That means they became persons so
totally and completely committed to the Christian cause that they were willing
to die for it.  That, essentially, is the spirit that makes up the word discipline.

Solomon wrote: "Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a 
city broken down, without walls" (Prov. 25:28).  The person who disciplines his
body practices faith, whether it's through controlling appetite for food or drink, or
any other natural physical appetite.

There are mysterious, intricate, and complex connections of body, brain, and
soul.  Persons who discipline their eating, drinking, and sexual appetities often
experience a mysterious upsurge of creativity and a rebirth of spirituality.  In
contrast, the undisciplined person who "lets himself go" and doesn't care about
proper exercise, physical fit ness, or dietary disciplines finds his faith becoming
"flabby."  Undisciplined is another word for disqualified.

Today determine to qualify as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Pledge to discipline your eyes, your ears, your mouth, your stomach, your
hands, and your sexual desires.
With God's help, bring your body under control.
Become a spiritual athlete!
Now take a moment to pray:

Help me, O God, to succeed in this collosal challenge.  Let my life give
evidence, O Lord, of being a disciplined disciple! Amen.
A desert moon scene

With Permission
The Possibility Thinkers Bible (NKJV)
Eagles Club Edition
Prayers for Positive Faith
Copyright 1996, 1984
by Robert H. Schuller and Paul David Dunn