Basic Training 

In the military, you begin by going through Basic Training. Basic skills are taught such as physical fitness, marching, marksmanship, rifle maintenance, and war maneuvers.  

Perhaps the greatest objective of Basic Training is to teach young recruits to fear the commands of the drill sergeant more than any other thing.  
Swift and severe punishment is given to those who would dare disobey his orders.  


This aspect of training is critical to the success of the military’s mission, for war involves great fear and danger, and if the soldier gives in to fear and disobeys an order, he threatens not only his life but the lives of countless others.

In the spiritual life, there is a corresponding objective. As we begin our journeys with The Lord, he trains us diligently to heed his words, for disobedience to his words and inner voice will result in the endangerment of everyone that is associated with us.  

It is written, “Watch your lives and doctrines carefully, for if you do so, you will save not only yourself, but everyone that hears you”.  

Our lives and doctrines must line up with the precepts of the Lord, or many others will be led astray from the devotion to Christ and the faithfulness to his words that are critical to the success of the mission of the church.

The objective of military training is to produce a military that operates as a single unit and can accomplish great objectives. The objective of spiritual disciplines is to create a church that can move and pray as one, a church that hears and responds obediently to The Master’s voice, a church that lives and breathes to bring glory to the Father and salvation to men.  

This is no small undertaking and must not be taken lightly, for Our Father is un-distractibly devoted to this objective.  

He will not be denied.  
No matter how long it takes, his will will be done; the church will be disciplined and perfected to live and move as one.  

It is to our advantage that we get onboard early and enthusiastically, for then we will avoid many un-necessary growing pains.

~ Brad Heilhecker 

Healthy Restraint 


Pulling from the Worthy Thoughts archives today regarding Choices.  

Remember- you don’t have to depend on your own will power. You have God’s power to help you choose Healthy Restraint when you need it. 
Our God is the Great I Am- not the Great I was! 

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Fitness


WORTHY THOUGHT: Physical and spiritual good health is essential for what God has planned for you.

Our physical health is susceptible to disease and injury, but we need our faith to sustain through these tough times. Physical exercise is important but spiritual exercise is more essential. Both discipline and devotion are needed to make you effective as a healthy Christian. 

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for the both present life and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)
Stop being a gambler with your health, and instead be an investor to take care of your body, mind, and spirit. -Joyce Meyer

I believe this statement Joyce Meyer said is to take care of your physical body and your spirit body. Your Spirit body is the temple where the Holy Spirit resides. 

Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in your midst? (1 Corinthians 3:16) 

Paul also wrote; Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? Your are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.(1 Corinthians 6:20)

We never outgrow the nourishing milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2) 

But we cannot grow physically unless we also have solid healthy food, eating and exercising; it takes both. 

So wether you eat and drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

We all know the more fit and healthy we are the more we be better able to sustain ourselves for the long haul. God needs us to be spiritually healthy to be a good witness.

God cares about our fitness so we can be a good witness! 

          ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Patience 


WORTHY THOUGHT:  Patience is waiting until later for what you want now.

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”      ~Habakkuk 2:3 NIV

If you are going to really reach your goals in life, sometimes you have to delay gratification. You have to do the tough thing instead of the fun thing.” -Rick Warren 

Nothing great is ever accomplished without persistence and patience because, in order to be successful, your dreams must translate into work. The people who succeed in life are the people who are willing to do what they don’t feel like doing. They are not mastered by their moods, they are mastered by the Master, and they establish their goals and plans according to God’s will. -Rick Warren 

God is faithful and just, you can trust Him because His character never changes and His Word never fails. God is on His throne and has everything under control. We can pray and just look up and lay hold of His assurances. 

                  ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works..-2 Corinthians 12:12

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.-Galatians 5:22-23

Love By Discipline 


Some time ago, I was caught off guard in regards to the importance of discipline. And God showed me where He instructs about it in Hebrews.

“We have all had fathers here on earth who disciplined us, and we respected them. So it is even more important that we accept discipline from the Father of our spirits so we will have [eternal or true spiritual] life.” Hebrews 12:9. (EXP)

My childhood was one of frequent and what seemed to be merciless encounters of discipline from parents who thought they were doing their best, at that time. I believe now that my parents meant to express love through their disciplinary actions but were without the tools to express such love.

Though I have reconciled with my painful past, as an adult, I have struggled with the harsh reality of flashbacks and have errored in the opposite direction. I realized that my skewed thoughts of discipline were, in part, responsible for creating a negative result in one of my daughters.

My fears of rejection and abandonment had allowed me to become lax in my parenting. Subconsciously, I thought my children had suffered enough through various life changes which had been unexpected and undesirable. I didn’t want to interject any more pain into their experience.

Slowly, over time, I became tolerant of things that I should have guarded against. I began to allow a little too much of this . . . and a little of that . . . until I found myself making excuses for their poor behaviors. Oh, you know, like, “they were too tired or upset” or “maybe they didn’t understand the direction provided.”

But then, unruly behaviors were growing as a direct result.

I never meant for my excuses, or enabling to create such changes in character. I obviously had not considered how their life would be effected in the absence of boundaries and clear expectations. In addition, I had not considered that it was developing a negative impact in their lives until things were simply out of control and I didn’t understand why . . .

But God has an amazing ability to draw me close to his heart. In a moment of closeness he provided an answer to my prayerful searching. He reminded me that He built consequences into the very fabric of nature and that even really great excuses do not prevent poor attitudes from yielding poor results. Even God disciplines the ones He loves for our own good, so that we might truly be his child and live, so that we may inherit and experience eternal life.

 “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.” Hebrews 12:11 NIV

There is a clear purpose for our lives…..and it requires discipline.

It made me think about the pain that I have afflicted on the heart of my Heavenly Father at each and every unruly action he was calling me out of.

It provided a new understanding about discipline, it gave me a new way to look at how God loves.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us your word as a source of direction for each and every moment that arises in question. Thank you for disciplining us out of love, and providing a way to live by your instruction. Father, forgive us when our hearts become unruly. Guide us back to your ways and offer a chance to learn more about the harvest of righteousness and peace. I give you praise and glory for all that you are, all that you say and do, and for teaching us who we are to become in you.

In Jesus Name, Amen.
~ Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Choices 

  

Worthy Thought:  Most chronic diseases are choices diseases. We don’t catch them; we develop them by consistently choosing wrong foods. ~By Don Colbert, MD bestselling author “Let food be your Medicine”

“Whether therefore you eat and drink or whatsoever you do do all in the glory of God.”

(1 Corinthians 10:31) 

“Do you know your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost in which you have of God and you are not of your own. 

( 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) 

Apostle Paul calls the body “a temple of the Holy Spirit” and urges, “You are not your own . . . glorify God in your body.”

Honoring our bodies as sacred temples certainly includes eating healthy balanced foods that keep them functioning well.  

While the Bible doesn’t prescribe any specific diet plan, it does highlight the principle of balance—between healthy restraint and enjoyment of rich foods.

In other words, make a habit of disciplined, healthy eating, but on occasion let yourself enjoy a feast of God’s good gifts. ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Discipline

  

 

Define: 

Discipline can be defined as the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience or activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill.

 

Affirm:  

Hebrews 12:11 “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

 

Recall:  

For the past few months, I have been trying or thinking about scheduling time to accomplish two things:  work out and focus on building my business.  With being somewhat new to motherhood and having a new job, I began making the excuse of not having the time.  Yep, I said it- the EXCUSE!    It became clear to me that instead of making excuses, I needed to exercise discipline.    

 

If you think about it, many of us have goals we want to accomplish in life, sometimes taking the first step seems like the hardest thing to do and many times when we do take the first step we make the excuse of not having the time or then when we find the time, we give up.  Do you too find yourself saying…”it’s okay, I will work on that tomorrow or I will schedule that when XYZ happens?”    Do you too find yourself partially completing the task?   Have you ever started something and then stopped it?   Have you given up on your dreams and your goals? 

 

Just when I thought this post was about personal goals.  As always GOD gave me a different direction.  He whispered….. you all struggle with something in the flesh that you want to be delivered from.   Instead of exercising discipline, you’ve been saying….I will give that up tomorrow, I will pray about that later, I will love some other time, my addiction doesn’t matter, and my attitude is just fine…” 

 

Ouch!  For me, I have been asking GOD to cover me and not been disciplined in my prayer life.  For the past few months, I have been doing “prayers on the go”  My prayers on the go look like this:  I pray while I lay in bed, I pray real quickly in the car (while I am really paying attention to traffic or listening to music), I might say a quick prayer in the morning while showering.   

 

In order to pursue personal goals, we need to make a DECISION to be DISCIPLINED in our DICIPLESHIP.   When we choose to be DISCIPLINED in our DICIPLESHIP, we connect with GOD on a deeper level and we allow God’s power to help us manifest all that we want in life.  

 

If you- like me have big goals that you want to accomplish or if you want GOD to move in your life, stop making excuses and call on GOD to help you.  Move your time with GOD from prayers on the go- to a scheduled time every day.  This is my challenge I challenge you to get DISCIPLINED about your DICIPLESHIP.  The scripture tells us that when we do, we yield peaceful fruit.   Go bear your fruit.

 

Exercise:

Dear God, 

Thank you so much for showing where I need discipline.  Father, please help me get serious about carving out specific time each day to converse with you.  Your scripture tells me that when I exercise discipline, for a moment, I might experience pain; but I if remain steadfast, I will yield fruit.  Thank you so much for the fruit I will bear.  

 

Commit to the challenge.

  I DARE you. ~Lereca Monik 


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