My cousin had come for a visit one day, bringing her well-trained sheepdog, Flynn. He was well behaved and pleasant to be around, as he didn’t leave me concerned about jumping on and leaving me with dirty paw-prints. Flynn’s behavior was the result of my cousin practicing and working with him daily on obedience.
I see spiritual significance in this concerning the believers’ life…not about dogs learning tricks, but about the importance of daily discipline. How important daily practice is in an increasingly influential world environment where unhealthy habits can be picked up almost unnoticeably if a believer is too careless.
Temptations in our lives, as an example, take daily resistance of those things that we know to cause unhealthy thoughts, actions and hindrances in our relationship with the Lord and with others.
A regular client at work comes to mind who seemingly had a wonderful Godly marriage. Unfortunately, he failed to take seriously the use of daily discipline from his temptations to protect his marriage. He continually didn’t avoid spending time alone with another female and as he later reluctantly shared, he had blindly become mastered by a lack of self-control. Two affairs cost him that original marriage and his daughter.
On the other side of the spectrum is a friend who had been addicted to porn until the Lord had helped her take control over it. Everyday required avoidance, in which she put into practice by denying urges and avoiding anything she could that would pull her back in. After continual training, the temptations weakened and avoidance became easy… to this day she has remained the master over her former downfall.
Pray about daily discipline…for the Spirit IS capable of leading you to master any downfall. It is then good to continue benefial practices or avoidance in areas in our lives that are unfruitful dispite how we feel at the moment, be it laziness, curiosity, etc. because every single time and day is significant, helpful, and beneficial!
“I keep on disciplining my body, making it serve me so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified” ~1 Corinthians 9:27