Over the past 26 years of serving the Lord I’ve heard many churches and ministers declare a specific word for the New Year. Some are things God is going to do others are things God want us to do, but they always give believers direction and purpose. I too have had words from God for a New Year and this year’s word was just two words, Discipline and Consistency.
In this blog post I want to share specifically what discipline means and the effects of consistency. Google states discipline is mentioned 50 times in the Bible. There are two types of discipline and it is important to understand which type I am talking about.
Merriam Webster gives the first meaning as, to punish or penalize for the sake of enforcing obedience and perfecting moral character
Another meaning which is the one the Lord spoke to me is, to train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control.
This spoke to me because in 2021 I had not been consistent with my daily disciplines. Especially my spiritual disciplines.
One writer described spiritual disciplines as, ”Spiritual disciplines are practices that by design can lead to life transformation. Their purpose is to aid our spiritual growth as disciples of Christ and deepen our relationship with God. They are like training exercises for the spiritual life.”
Discipline and consistency are synonymous for me personally. The internet dictionary defines consistency as, the quality or fact of staying the same at different times.
So what exactly was God speaking to me? I believe this statement says it all, ”Practice daily self control through doing the same things daily no matter how you feel or what circumstances change.”
You see staying consistent with daily spiritual disciplines will change who you are and how you live life. Often times we look for some big event or encounter to change us but daily disciplines change us.
So, for me I have made some needed changed in order to stay consistent with my daily disciplines. First, I have consistently woke up early, I write down in my organizer the disciplines and at the end of the day I check off what I did and did not do. So far I’m staying pretty consistent with them.
Ask yourself today: What do I need to be more consistent in? Is it Bible reading, prayer, fasting, etc… No matter what it is make time and do it daily, at the end of 2022 you’ll be changed from the inside out.