Quote for the Day

“The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.” – Sir Winston Churchill

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7 thoughts on “Quote for the Day

  1. Discipline..2.Instruction, 3. A subject that is taught; a field of study 4. training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character 5. control gained by enforcing obedience or order b; orderly or perscribed conduct or pattern of behavior c; self-control….God says in his word that we need to add to the knowledge we have selfcontrol 2 Peter 5-8…When we do what Jesus tells us to do we are free because the word says in John 8;34 who ever committeth sin is the servant of sin…and the servant abident not in the house forever; but the Son abideth ever…If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.. and Jesus tells us to discipline our selves…bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ 2 Corinthians 10;5…..We need to use this freedom because it is freedom……..dj

  2. We have the freedom of choice to be lazy or to be disciplined.
    Definition of LAZY: MOVING SLOWLY: SLUGGISH.
    Defintion of DISCIPLINE: Training intended to elicit a specified pattern of behavior or character: A condition of order based on obedience to authority.
    Definition of OBEDIENT: Obeying or willing to obey as a command.
    Each of these choices has a different outcome. Laziness the outcome is poor. Nothing gets done that needs to get done and ususally someone else has to pick up the slack. Now I know we may be lazy about somethings and not others. This outcome is that only half gets done that needs to get done and someone else has got to pick up the other half of the slack instead of all the slack.
    The next choice is discipline. Discipline and obedience go hand and hand. If you discipline yourself to get a job and work you must be obedient to the rules of your job or you’ll lose it. This is just like you salvation. If you are lazy, you are not growing and someone else has to do your work and theirs. If you are disciplined to letting God use you, you will be obedient to his word. If you are not obedient, you will lose your salvation. This is a pretty clear picture. We can choose to be that seed with no change or growth(lazy).We can choose to be disciplined and obedient and grow into the person God intended for us to be even before our birth. We are God’s soldiers in this war against satan. We must be disciplined and obedient to his word or we will die without God. God wants all of us, not just half of us. Help us to grow into the people you want us to be dear Lord.

  3. Wendy, you state that we are God’s soldiers in this war against Satan. This makes me wonder if there is widespread apathy among God’s soldiers?

    Hebrews 6:12 “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

    Another very interest point I think you have made, among the many others”Discipline and obedience go hand in hand.”
    This will put fire in your feet!

  4. Sara said something today that reminds me of the subject spoken of here; self-discipline. She said something that indicated that God is NOT going to do a work that you don’t initiate and, well, do all YOUR part. That was my interpretation, perhaps, but it is the truth.
    We have to do the first part. This is something that we teach in the character ed. area at school. The student must be willing to work at developing self-control by disciplining those urges that he/she knows are not expediant to the learning environment; those drives to act in an unbecoming or detrimental manner.
    When we do not control our emotions, desire, urges, and fail to keep our TEMPLE in order we are acting in a detrimental manner to our spiritual life. Our Lord is grieved by our actions and like Wendy said, we are in danger of losing our salvation, where weeping and the gnashing of teeth occur outside the GATES of the KINGDOM>
    That’s scary but it’s true. There is an old parable that everyone knows, (including the heathen)….”the road to hell is paved with good INTENTIONS”!!!!

  5. I read an article recently in a magazine while waiting in line somewhere. 🙂 But, I can’t seem to get it out of my mind. It talked about how we have raised a generation of building self-esteem in our children but it hasn’t worked. We should be teaching and building self-control.

    I have thought about this often in the last few weeks and it sure makes good sense. As we know, self-control, is the fruit of the spirit.(Galatians 5:22,23). How can God be wrong and educators right? God’s Spirit is incompatible with self-esteem (selfishness). These two ways are antithetical, it seems to me. How can this be I ask? How did we get there? I think Wendy told me this week when she gave me a lecture on Pavlov’s Dog.
    In this game, you will find out if you can train a dog to drool on command! Ivan Pavlov’s description on how animals (and humans) can be trained to respond in a certain way to a particular stimulus.

    If we were to think and meditate on God’s word we would not respond to the bell each time it rings.

  6. After reading this blog, I began my research on this “self-discipline”, and found some interesting information. It is helpful to me and I hope it will be helpful to the readers. ( Boy,I sure have a lot of work to do, after reading this!) “Discipline Deficiency and the excuse virus”, by Michael Janke.

    “Self-discipline is the ability of the individual to adhere to actions, thoughts, and behaviors that result in personal improvement instead of instant gratification. A lack of self-discipline is the main reason for the failures we experience in both our personal and professional lives. It is
    also the underlying reason we experience disease, obesity, financial ruin, and relationship problems on a national level.””We are blessed with the gift of free will, but without self-discipline we are susceptible to the viruses of instant gratification, excuses, and bad habits. The most common and destructive virus found in our personal operating system is the justification virus. As human beings, we have the tendency to justify our poor decisions by using excuses.””In order to begin combating the virus of excuses, we must take a look at some of the more common problems that exist in our lives and the excuses that we use to justify them. One of the most effective methods that you can use to identify the problems that exist in your life is to make a detailed list of your problems and excuses. By writing down this information you are able to
    take an objective look at what viruses are affecting your personal operating system. Here is an example of some common problems that we experience and the resulting excuses we use to justify them. I encourage you to sit down and objectively think about the problems that exist in your life, and the excuses you use to justify them.” :
    “problem” “excuse”
    “overweight” “I don’t have time to eat right!”
    “procrastination” “I can only do so much in a day!”
    “always in debt” “They don’t pay me enough!”
    “stressed out” “I never have time to relax!”
    “marital conflict” “He/she is just too demanding!”
    “work performance” “If they paid me more-I’d do more!”
    “smoking” “I need it for stress relief!”
    “drinking” “One drink never hurt anybody!”
    “diet” “Who has time to prepare a meal!”
    “no daily exercise” “I just can’t find the time!”
    “anger” “They had it coming to them!”
    “depression” “Nothing ever goes right for me!”
    “poor appearance” “It’s the newest fashion!”
    “divorce” “We just couldn’t work it out!”
    “lack of self-discipline””I have enough things to worry about!”

    “This list of problems and excuses is simply an example of our inherent
    tendency to justify our words, actions, and behaviors. The problems we face
    and the methods we use to deal with them vary from individual to individual,
    but the underlying solution will always remain consistent. Before you can
    inject discipline into your personal operating system, you must take the
    action of personal responsibility. Get in the habit of identifying the real
    reason behind the circumstances in your life and defeat the excuse virus.”

  7. Oh man alive!!!! This will give you food for thought and help you make a decision to visit Dr. Jesus and His teachings for this virus. I am just glad there is meds for this virus and not go home and take an aspirin and drink juice.

    “justification virus”…this virus talks a lot. Sometimes when I am teaching this virus starts taking out loud in the services.

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