5/19/2005 6:18 AM
Title: DISCIPLINING THE HEART
S: ?I will behave wisely in a perfect way?.I will walk
within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing
wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall
away; It shall not cling to me.? Psalm 101:2,3
O: David understands the need to discipline the heart.
Without discipline it destroys who we are. He?s really
talking about disciplining the sinful nature of man. But
it?s interesting to note that he?s simply talking about
disciplining the heart because when people don?t, their
work is unholy and their lives become unholy. David is
simply saying, I don?t want to be like that. I don?t like
those people?s lives, and I don?t want to be a person like
A: I agree. One of my personal core values says ? ?The
pursuit of discipline will get me to where I want to go.?
No doubt this means in the area of physical discipline,
mental discipline, emotional discipline and spiritual
One thing I?ve learned over the years, you cannot grow in
significant and consistent ways spiritually or any other
way without discipline. This time in the morning for me is
one of those times.
But David also speaks to me when he says I will put no
wicked thing before my eyes. That?s hwy I don?t go to Star
Wars movies, that?s why I don?t go to The Matrix. It?s
also why I don?t watch TV, why I filter my internet
connection, why I don?t hang out certain places. I?m not
saying this to say that I am somehow achieving perfection
and that everyone should follow me ? on the contrary. I
simply have instituted these disciplines because I have a
great need to follow God, and without these disciplines, I
would be walking down a very poor path.
P: Lord, I want to become even more disciplined in my
eating, in my organization, in my leadership, and in my
life in general. I want to continually learn ways that I
can learn from you. I want to continually learn ways that
will lead me to walk with you. I pray, Lord, for the Holy
Spirit. I pray for your will in my life. I pray you will
continually teach me to walk in your ways and to walk
according to your word. By myself, Lord, I would not be
able to do that. But in your power I can.
Thank you. I love you. I will follow you all the days of
my life. I want to serve you.