Proverbs 25.28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
One of the most important parts of the walk of faith is resonate discipline. A disciple is a disciplined person. In Proverbs 16.32, we read “He that is slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” In other words, a person with personal discipline is stronger than a mighty soldier who is able to conquer enemy territory. Strength in the kingdom if God is not measured by bulging muscles or high sounding rhetoric. Strength in the kingdom of God is measured by one’s discipline, or self control. That self control which is actually a fruit of The Spirit.
The apostle Paul would write to the Corinthians about this kind of spiritual discipline in his first letter, chapter 9, verses 24-27. Paul is not talking about working to obtain salvation, which is a free gift because of the gracious merits of Jesus Christ. He is talking about the discipline, by The Spirit that overcomes the allurements and attachments to this present evil world, and those fleshly lusts that war against our souls.
Dead religious disciplines are outward observances of “taste not, touch not;” things that enter into the mouth and exit through the human body. The disciplines of God’s people are centered on resisting the sinful lusts and godless pleasures that we have been redeemed from. Thus, until a child of God is called home to be with Jesus, there will never be a moment on earth when this battle will not rage. With God’s full armor, and His mighty indwelling Spirit, every believer is given the resources to overcome, for this is the victory that overcome the the world, even our faith in Jesus Christ. Thank You, Jesus!