Thursday, February 5th

Thursday, February 5th

Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. 2 Timothy 2:4

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. Hebrews 12:1-3

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17

Coaching tip # 3 is: Prioritize. This is the 3rd of 5 coaching tips the Apostle Paul gave Timothy that will help us be strong and compete well in the game of life (for a fuller context review Monday's devotional). Sometimes our troubles and suffering are self inflicted because we give higher priority to lesser things than to higher things. Some things are just out of place in our priority scale while others have no place in our lives at all. A good soldier is a disciplined soldier. We certainly have a great need for spiritual discipline in our lives. If your read on in Hebrews 12 you will find a great statement on discipline in verses 7-11. We exist to please our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ lives in our hearts through the Holy Spirit in order to produce lives for us that are disciplined and godly. We need to know what a disciplined and godly life consists of and we need to yield to Christ who is waiting to produce it.

Lord, here I am. Teach me from your word what you want in my life and what you don't want in my life. Guard me from viewing your commands as obligations for me to fulfill and help me to treasure them as descriptions of what you will accomplish in me and through me. Lord Jesus, dwell at the center of my being. Cast out all that does not belong and bring in all that does. Line up all the components of my life in orbit around you. Be the discipline of my life, Lord, and order everything in the way that most pleases you.

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