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Paul, the greatest teacher in the meaning of the dispensation of grace, gives us an example of a child of God putting on the armour of God which includes the acts of discipline. The helmet of salvation protects our mind by keeping our thought life pure, by, and through, discernment using the word of God. Example: Meditate on those things that are pure lovely of a good report. If their be anything worthy of praise, then think and speak on these things. Put on the breast plate of righteousness.not your own righteousness, but His righteousness, because our righteousness is as filthy rags. This only comes through true salvation, and true salvation brings love for humanity and the Lord Jesus. Gird up your lions with the belt of truth. Speaking the eternal truth of God of God's word that is never out dated or void of truth now and forever. Shod your feet with the gospel of peace towards anyone and every one. That does not mean that someone will keep the peace with you, but you have to do your best and pray about those you can not control that are out of control. Let go and let God do what you cannot. The Jews never let up at persecuting Paul where ever he went. They were the thorn in his flesh. Of coarse not everyone agrees with that, but it was the Jews that rejected Jesus that persecuted Paul most. Then comes that shield of faith. The defensive and offensive weapon. We read Psalm 91 and it says because we love him, He protects us. Not because we are perfect, not because we're well connected, but because we love him. We shall not want. Psalm 23 My favorite: Take up that sword of the spirit that is in your mouth. By quoting the word of God's many promises and rebuking sickness, diseases, threats, depression, worry, lack, mental attacks of all kinds, we can lift that shield of faith to quench those fiery darts of the evil wicked one. The living word of God makes us clean and makes us over comers in Christ Jesus. If you discipline, exercise and use the living word of God. Selah! Ps. You can do all things though Christ Jesus our Lord. The word says so. Jaybird
Two verses come to mind, one that has already been mentioned by Michael, 2 Timothy 1:7, "God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline" --2 Timothy 1:7 (New International Version) “Self-discipline” is a better translation of “sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). It describes a person who is sensibly minded and balanced, who has his life under control. The Amplified Version reads, “calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” WW I am a firm believer in self-discipline which I know comes from God, not myself. I put it into practice in doing for others, and this helps me, too. If I mow somebody else's grass, this helps keep me in shape! And the other verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 10:17 " He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray." (NIV) The latter is listed with DailyVerses Proverbs 10:17.
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