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Monday, June 13, 2016

Discipline Yourself Toward Joy

          Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Each one of us needs the discipline to drink in the joy of the Lord on a continual basis!

            In 1 Timothy 4:7, Paul said to his friend, Timothy: “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”  Keep in mind that Paul wanted to help mold Timothy into the best pastor, the best Christian servant, the best man of God that he could be.  He loved Timothy as a son and knew that he would be tempted in many ways.  Timothy was the pastor of the church in Ephesus.  That was the “Las Vegas” of his day—a busy, rich, sensual city.  He would have many challenges to face.

                In this passage, Paul was teaching and encouraging Timothy to discipline himself so that he could fulfill God’s purpose for his life.  As with any successful athlete, we must condition ourselves. Charles Swindoll writes that “conditioning involves repetitive training exercises so that the athlete’s mind and the appropriate muscle groups learn to work together reflexively and automatically.  Conditioning combines endurance and skill. It turns game-winning abilities into habits.
No one can condition someone else.  An athlete can seek out a coach to help him with conditioning but he cannot hire someone to do the work for him."

            In other words, we must do as Paul said in verse 7: Discipline…condition….ourselves.  Did you know that you can condition yourself to have JOY in the Lord? 

            Let’s practice joy; condition our minds and hearts to consistently exercise joy in every step we take.

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