Discipline is the tool is which God uses to instill godliness and devoutness in the lives of the believers. We are like wild horse brought in from the wild that a trainer must tirelessly with patience train else no man will be able to ride on it. We are the colt that God will ride to teach and disciple the nations and we must go through disciplining and training so that we can come out as disciples and ready for the Master’s use.
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes” Psalms 119:71
- Afflictions is the rod of discipline in the hand of God to promote virtue, and goodness of heart, as they tend to train and transform our minds to a composed and godly disposition and habit, enabling us to line up with the WORD of God. [Hebrews 12:5-11]
- Discipline tend to restrain our appetites and passions within reasonable bounds when we yield to its training. By this works of the flesh, worldliness and carnality are mortified daily.
- Afflictions and trials always used to test and sharpen the faith of those who belong to God [James 1:2; Deut. 9:2-3]
- Afflictions, by means of a serene and considerate habit, which they produce and confirm, tend to strengthen our minds with endurance and devotion
- Afflictions tend to soften our hearts into tender sympathy and kind affection towards our fellow-creatures. [2 Cor. 1:4]
- Trials are our school teacher that God uses to TEACH us godliness [Psalms 119:71]
- We are restrained from following the path of evil and unrighteousness when we yield to discipline [Psalms 119:67]
- Our prosperity is tied to the discipline we adhere to [Daniel 3:23, 30]
- Afflictions some times are the instruments of keeping us humble so that we will not be puffed up because of the grace gifts of God in our lives [2 Cor. 12:7]
The trial, discipline or afflictions we go through are always temporary if we yield to the training and the discipline on time so that God can perfect, establish, strengthen and settle us.
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you” 1 Peter 5:10