#8-9 [Mark & Hebrews]

So clearly I haven’t had much discipline lately in keeping up with these blogs. Which perfectly fits into my Rooted Verse from last week. Which none of you knew about, because I didn’t write the blog last week. #Discipline.

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Rooted Verse #8:

[Mark 9:24]

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

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Two weeks ago this was my Rooted Verse. I don’t have much to say about it except that God shows up. But first we need to:

  • Take time
  • Slow down
  • Invest in others
  • Let the words, “I care about you,” be spoken frequently & shown abundantly

& He will show up. He will strengthen. He will change. He will heal.

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Rooted Verse #9:

[Hebrews 12:11]

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

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Over the last week I’ve been praying about discipline. Since I realize I’ve been lacking it, my hope was that praying over discipline would produce some sort of fruit in discipline in my life.

Discipline in Obedience:

I was reminded that I have never regretted walking in obedience & discipline.

When I’ve obeyed in discipline, I am obeying the Lord. & the Lord has me. He’s got my soul. He’s got my feet. He’s in control of my walk. He’s guiding me on the right path. He’s holding my life in His mighty hands.

So if He has me… why do I sometimes fear obedience? Why do I sometimes avoid & stray from discipline?

Discipline in the “small sins”:

It’s not for my own benefit that I walk away. At first, turning a blind eye to my sinful decisions seems innocent.

“I will stray in this one thing… but it’s not too bad,

and I’ll get back on the correct path right after.”

But that’s never how it works out, is it?

Soon, that “not too bad” thing turns into one more time, one more time. Then that “not too bad” thing multiplies into other “not too bad” things, and that cycle continues and continues until all of a sudden I stop, pause, look up, and realize, I am farther away from my Lord than I thought. What started out as “innocent,” has actually snowballed into bigger and worse sins than at the start.

And whenever I realize I am in that place yet again, because I am human & imperfect and think I can selfishly do it on my own… I begin to fear the Lord. I begin to question, “If I died today, would Jesus say that He knows me?”

And the potential answer of “No” from Jesus Himself, terrifies me.

Discipline in the Word:

But we serve a loving God. So He begins to woo me back in with long car rides to REI on an early Saturday morning. Where I open the bible and begin to read Revelations & learn about John’s vision of Jesus [I love visions]. A vision where Jesus’ hair is white as wool & He is blazing with fire.

I am then led to Daniel who had a similar vision about Jesus.

Next, I go to Saul’s transformation and learn about a guy named Ananias. But this Ananias is different than the Ananias that fell down dead because he withheld money from the apostles and ultimately, the Lord.

I learned all this within 20 minutes, simply because I had the discipline to bring my bible, then open it up, & have an open discussion about it with Kyle.

Discipline in Community:

I recently had a discussion with someone about the importance of community. Surrounding yourself with people who will speak life & truth into you. Who will walk alongside you in life and guide you when you feel lost.

I love talking about my God. But sometimes in my distance, I don’t do it as often as I’d like. And I definitely feel closer to the Lord when I do it.

So my challenge for myself over the next week, and maybe month or so, is to continue praying over this discipline verse. The verse itself is about discipline, and I don’t feel very disciplined praying over it for only a week, when I still have so much to be disciplined in.

I want this Rooted Verse series to be fruitful & bring glory for the Lord. But lately I feel as though I’ve been wasting these weeks and wasting these verses by “just doing it,” instead of actually seeking what God is teaching me.

So I’m going to use this verse to get Rooted back into the reason I chose to do this series in the first place. To have discipline in actually praying over these verses. Deeply praying, deeply walking in, and deeply seeking what the Lord is speaking to me.

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