Devotion: Got Discipline?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling with a major lack of motivation lately. I have started training to run a half-marathin in September. There is a saying that I’ve heard runners use often during these training seasons.

“Discipline takes you farther than motivation”.

So true.

There is absolutely no way that I would cross that finish line without first disciplining my body to run for that amount of time and distance. However, there are days that I have zero motivation to get out and do my training. But, because I have done the work of training myself, I have my habit of discipline to fall back on.

God’s Word tells us…

“discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:7-8 

Here is a question I’ve been pondering and now want to propose to you: 

How is your discipline in godliness?

On those days when we lack motivation. When we feel weak and weary. The mornings when we lack the desire to spend time in His Word. Moments when we don’t have the energy to obey what we know God is calling us to do… 

Do we have our disciplines to fall back on?

Let’s ask God to show us an area where we can grow in godly discipline. Maybe it’s spending more time throughout our day feeding on His Word. Maybe we need to work on capturing our thoughts. Maybe we need to spend more time in fervent prayer. Maybe it’s stepping out in an area of ministry. Maybe it’s turning away from an area of sin or temptation in our life.

Walking in godliness means responding in obedience.

So, whatever He shows us, let’s choose now that we will obey. That we will take that initial step to build discipline in that area.Choose to obey today, then again tomorrow.


Lord, would you please show me the areas where I’m lacking godly discipline? Then, help me to develop the habits that lead to a deeper level of godliness in those areas that I may reflect more of your image and glory.


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