Control Versus Discipline

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Many people—under the guise of righteous self-discipline—try to run not only their lives but others’ lives as well, because they think they can. These people try to mix WeighDown and their diet and call themselves “successful dieters,” but the fruit of this strained life is barren. The family often suffers, because these controllers cannot switch the plans. They are prisoners of control, and their family is forced to be prisoners with them. If they have on their plan to go home to eat, even if they get an invitation, no one can alter it, and one had best not get in their way. As time goes on, they will begin to hate their “have-to” regimens. The prophet Isaiah spoke God’s words:

“You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint. I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you. When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you!” Isaiah 57:10,12-13a

People using their own strength eventually become exhausted. The work of their hands does not bear fruit that will last, and they are frustrated because they do not reach their goals. Their idols do not save them, but ruin them in the end.

Step by step, day by day, you must stop using your own strength and outside forces and begin to be driven by the power of God. It simply takes a heart that is ready to stop controlling their day and is ready to surrender to God’s day. With prayer and using the temptation tips, finally you are walking in the Spirit of God. “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20b-21

When you follow God’s lead, the house will be echoing with songs of praise and thankfulness. The inside force is so much better!

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth.” Isaiah 51:1-2a

Look to the rock—Abraham—and imitate his faith and heart for God; you will join a number that is as many as the stars in the sky!

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