Welcome to Men Of Destiny! We will be learning what God’s word has to say about the Disciplines of a Godly Man. This first post is meant to be an overview of godliness and why it is important for men. There are many examples of men who were great in their field because of discipline and the same is true of our spiritual walks.
None of us can coast because “we are all equally disadvantaged.” None of us naturally seek God, so by His grace, we must work on spiritual discipline. Coasting sure sounds easier, it just doesn’t work!
1 Tim 4:7-8 says, “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
Discipline takes work – hard work. Are you man enough to put it in to practice?
Heb 12:1. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
This verse describes the process of intentionally getting rid of every weight or sin that is holding us back and focusing all our energy on godliness. How hard have we worked to focus all our energy on godliness? “No manliness no maturity! No discipline no discipleship! No sweat no sainthood!” Do we want to grow? Then we need to step up and be disciplined men. There are no shortcuts.
Two reasons to focus on spiritual disciplines as men.
1. Disciplined Christian lives are the exception, not the rule.
2. Men are so much less spiritually inclined and spiritually disciplined than women.
Both of these challenge us that the practice of spiritual disciplines is fading or has faded in our culture and it is not something we will come by naturally. I am challenged that men have given up their role as leaders and men by not stepping up to lead in our spiritual walks. “The Church in America needs real men, and we are the men!”
“Do we have the sweat in us? Will we enter the gynasium of divine discipline? Will we strip away the things that hold us back? Will we discipline ourselves through the power of the Holy Spirit?
I invite you into God’s Gym in the following chapters – to some sanctifying sweat – to some pain and great gain.
God is looking for a few good men!”
I’ve put a few questions below. Are you ready to take the hill? May God use us to change our world, starting from the inside out!
- What can a lack of spiritual discipline do to your life?
- What do you think it means practically to train yourself to be godly?
- What does spiritual discipline cost? What cost?
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