Charles Spurgeon said, “We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in His Word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it. So deep are our necessities that until we are in heaven we must not cease to pray. Do you need nothing? Then I fear you do not know your poverty. Have you no mercy to ask of God? Then may the Lord’s mercy show you your misery! A prayerless soul is a Christless soul.”
The text for this sermon is Proverbs 25:28 and 2 Peter 1:3. The title of this sermon is: Discipline. This sermon is part of the Proverbs series.
The average American has a job, lives in a house, has 2 or 3 kids, has two or 3 cars and has a minimum of $15,000 in credit card debt.
The average American church attender goes to see what is in it for them, not to see what they can give. They do not give an offering in the summer. They do not mold their lives around the gospel, they don’t share the gospel because they think that is another add on to their life instead of a part of their life. They don’t know their neighbors. They are not worried with having their minds transformed by the Scriptures because they think they do not need it. They are content with going to a service, singing a few songs, listening to a preacher, and occasionally giving an offering.
Being average is garbage. The Bible calls us to strive for excellence in all areas of our lives. We are created to be more than a piece of driftwood in the river going wherever the water takes it.
When is the last time you denied yourself anything? This is not because you didn’t have the money but because you knew that there was something better. You would have more of a desired result if you didn’t give in to your immediate desire.
We live in a culture that is consumed with satisfying every desire that a person has. If you look at magazines, commercials, TV, and movies – you are encouraged to feed your desire. Acting on what you feel is considered a good thing.
You are not going to get a message about suppressing your physical desires from culture; because they wouldn’t make any money.
Dictionary.com says that discipline is: activity, exercise or regimen that develops or improves a skill, training.
Another definition says that discipline is: the suppression of base desires, and is usually understood to be synonymous with restraint and self control.
In the Bible, discipline, instruction, and self control are used interchangeably.
We are familiar with the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit not fruits. This is one fruit.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
I believe that Paul intentionally put self control at the end. Here is why? If you have self control you will have the rest of the fruit.
We are in our Proverbs series so let’s look at Proverbs.Proverbs 25:28
Think about that: A man without self control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
The man in this Proverb like the city is destroyed because of what they let inside.
Jesus. Help us.
Do you understand what is happening here? There is no war. There is no fighting. There is no retaliation. The enemy just walked in and took over. There were no guards. The city was defenseless!
If you are going to conform to the image of Jesus, you have to take His Word as serious as your life. For a Christian, the Bible is your way of life. Without it, you die! Jesus is your Redeemer but He is also your King. Your King – This is not a democracy. You don’t get a vote.
There is a constant need for vigilance and self control. We are talking about self control in all of life. When you stop reading your Bible, stop praying, stop being intentional about following Jesus, your city is left undefended. The enemy walks right in and destroys the city and knocks down the wall around it. What is left is complete and utter devastation.
Temptation is everywhere. It wants you. We all have passions, desires, and affections that have to be directed or controlled. Without them being repressed and controlled, you become a slave to them.
The enemy is in your life to kill, steal, and destroy.
The devil wants to kill you.
The devil wants to steal your joy.
The devil wants to destroy you life.
You cannot put guards in place after the attack has already happened. You can make sure that you are ready next time. There will be a next time.
You are not alone. God has given you a church to help you not to surrender to the enemy but to surrender and be submissive to the King of kings and the Lord of lords.2 Peter 1:3
God has given you everything you need to live a life of godliness and excellence.
It is possible to live this way.
It will take submission to Jesus and being disciplined in all areas of your life to have a life that looks like the Bible.
Jesus is our example of self control.
To conform to the image of Jesus is our goal.
Discipline is the key.
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