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Self-discipline: Do it because you don't want to.

"But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified" (1 Corinthians 9:27).

It's healthy to do something everyday that we really don't want to do, just for the exercise. There is a great benefit in practicing the art of self-discipline, that is engaging in it regularly for the sake of building our mental muscles.

When Paul said that he "disciplined" his body and brought it into "subjection", he spoke of something that requires a bit of unpleasantness from time to time. By its very nature, training requires us to get out of our comfort zone. If we never call upon our "muscles" to do anything more than what they want to do, then we never gain the ability to do anything more than that . It's just that simple. Have you ever watched someone "exercising"? Many of the bodily movements by which strength and agility are developed would be ridiculous if we did them for any reason other than exercise.

Nothing is more valuable than to have our faculties; mental, spiritual as well as physical trained and ready to respond to important needs. But having faculties that respond to important needs isn't something that happens overnight or without any effort. So today if there's some unpleasant little duty that could easily be procrastinated, do it just because you don't want to. Take the that little opportunity to put the flesh in its place. Teach your body to take orders from your spirit. Someday, you'll be mightily glad you did.

Now going to a biblical example of a person who was able to put his flesh under subjection to the spirit.

Joseph: This is a very popular story of a young Israelite who was sold as a slave, but despite being a slave was still made the head of everything his master(Potiphar) had, excluding his wife. We all know how he got tempted by his master's wife, but resisted it due to the fact that he(Joseph ) had disciplined and put his flesh under subjection, and from there we all know how he became the prime minister of Egypt despite being a foreigner.

Details in Genesis Chapter 39.

PONDER

There will always be people who treat you wrong. Be sure to thank them for making you strong.

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