Disciplining The Mind

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

Let us first put aside the meaning of disqualification.
Here we see apostle Paul disciplined his body and brought it to subjection.
We can learn the same thing too from him: disciplining our body.
That includes disciplining our mind too.

Have we encountered this before?
In the midst of prayer or quiet time or worship session, all of sudden our mind wanders around.
Imagine this, we already start to sense God as we pray in the Spirit… then suddenly our mind wanders to food, work problem, relationship issue, money, email or text messages we have not replied or any other worries.
Before we know it, we lose focus and cannot sense God anymore.

It does not mean we do not bring our burdens to the LORD at all.
It simply means there are times we must not be distracted by the burdens.
When it is the time, we can talk to the LORD about the burdens and still sense Him.

Part of disciplining the mind is to ensure we are not distracted by these burdens when it is not the time to think about them.
How can we do that? By meaning what we say and saying what we mean.

Prayer must never be a mere chant. Instead, we talk to God as if He is right in front of us.
Praise and worship must never be a mere recital of the lyrics. Instead, we can turn the lyrics into a prayer.
There are times we read the Bible casually. There are times when we study the Bible seriously and meditate word by word.

Even when the distraction arises, we must quickly halt it  and then force our mind to   return to sensing God.

Let’s discipline our mind and bring it into subjection, shall we?

Posted July 26, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

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