1 Corinthians 9:25-27, NIV “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Every human is a tripartite being, having a spirit, soul and body. Your spirit man is the real man. That is the man beneath the surface. That is the part of you that was created to succeed, rule, and dominate. It is this inner-man that carries the potential, abilities and gifts that will make you a success in life. It is the ‘you’ behind the surface that hates failure and is destined for success.
Discipline simply means training of oneself in order to bring improvement. All three parts of man must be trained for improvement. You must be disciplined in your body, exercising and resting it and not giving to all the urges of the body. Likewise the mind, will and emotions which make up the soul must be developed. Develop your mind through the reading of books “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge”. You develop your will by learning to make decisions no matter how inconsequential and following through with decisions made. Your emotions are the affective aspect of consciousness, and you develop them by learning to channel them positively and constructively.
While it is important that you develop your body and soul, success comes through training the spirit man primarily. You cultivate your spirit man through prayer, meditation and proper speech all based on the Word of God. Spiritual maturity entails knowing when to speak, how to speak, if to speak, and when you do speak, you speak words of Life (James 3:2). Learn to speak God’s Word only, learn to keep your focus on what God’s word says (meditation) and let your prayers be always based on the word of God. When you catch yourself speaking words that don’t line up with what God’s word says, catch yourself and correct it. Replace “i’m sick” with “I am healed”, replace “i lack” with “wealth and riches are in my house” replace “i don’t know” with “I have an unction from God and I know all things”. Speak the word, think the word and pray the word only!
Scriptures to Meditate: James 3:2, Mark 11:23, Matt. 12:35-37, 1 Tim. 4:8, 15, 1 Thess.5:23, 3 Joh.1:2