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    Disciplined Disciple

    A disciple trains in the way of the Master November 9, 2016 by Yurij Chewpa
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    Are you a disciplined disciple?

    Discipline and disciple come from the same root word. CS Lewis defines a disciple as "...the one who has been taught or trained by the master."
    Other definitions include: 'the suppression of base desires, and is usually understood to be synonymous with restraint and self control.'
    Or ' The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience.'

    Looking at the last two definitions it's no wonder that most people dislike discipline.
    What? I have to suppress my desire, follow a code and get punished if I don't?
    I much prefer the Lewis definition, to be taught and trained by my Master.

    By reading the Word and spending time alone being quiet with God, I can get direction for my training from Him. If I am obedient to Him I am taking steps towards being a disciple.
    It's in the little things, the moment to moment decisions where I am confronted to choose life or death, blessings or curses, that I acquire the skills that my Master wants me to excel at. 

    Oswald Chambers describes it this way: 'If I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I can see the face of God.'

    I love that.   It's the daily discipline of seeking His face and taking action when I hear His voice that is the training ground for being more like my Master.
    Chambers goes on to conclude ' When I obey Jesus Christ, the redemption of God flows through me to the lives of others because behind the deed of obedience is the reality of Almighty God.'

    I am reminded on a daily basis that my own fleshly nature wants to choose the easy way out. I don't want to suppress my desires and I certainly don't feel like getting punished for messing up.  
    However, if I'm operating in the Spirit, life is much easier.

    If I'm following my Master it's easier not to hit the snooze button because I want to get up and hang out with my friend. I want to press into people and tell them the real thing and not the right thing. I want to hit the workout hard.

     That is what causes transformation.

           Your journey to being more like your Master is achieved through an infinite number of steps following His steps.

    As Marie and I were walking on the beach in Florida last week, we could see other people's foot prints ahead of us.
    I was reminded that in our journey to be more like our Master, we just have to follow in His footsteps. He has gone ahead of us and has created a Master plan for our lives.

    We just need to step into it.

    Coach Yurij


    Comment

    On Saturday, November 26, 2016, Lynn Fraser said:

    Thank you Yurij for this wisdom. As I walk the path of a disciple, I need to remember that it is not only the big decisions that identify me as one. In fact, sometimes it appears to be easier to follow in the big decisions because they are more easily identified. Yet, I could never follow in the big stuff if I don't practice in the daily disciplines.

     

    On Monday, November 21, 2016, Leo Quan said:

    Thanks Yurij for sharing a new facet the God's grace. I too was not aware of this aspect and have focused on his other aspects - Creator, King, Redeemer, Friend, Savior. Now adding Master / Trainer.

     

    On Friday, November 18, 2016, Rick P said:

    I missed Florida but I was playing full out in another area of my life... it hasn't happened often in the last 14 years, maybe one or two times. As I reflect on my time in warrior, and the number of times I've missed a seminar, it speaks disciple. Well enough "blowing" my own horn, God is good and he leads my to more and more of my true identity with ever disciplined and undisciplined step that I take. See, even in the undisciplined steps God is leading and guiding me... The last couple of months I've been confronted with this "double" shoulder injury; pain, numbness, and weakness. It's really thrown me for a loop, I've always been able to do what ever it is I wanted to do and whenever I wanted to do it. I've never been limited physically for this long. But that's not the worse part, mentally its even worse. The constant reminder that I'm not indestructible plays with me. I'd liked to say I've handled it like a champ, but I haven't. There have been a number of undisciplined choices, the food I eat, the mind pleasures I choose, the physical training I skip, and the bible time I ignore. None the less God is with me. Disciplined and Undisciplined behaviours, or discipled and undisipled behaviours. The bottom line is this... God is taking me to a new place. That I know, and for that I am thankful. God has taken me to many new places in the last years, but getting there has hardly ever been how I picture it. If there is one thing I'm certain of is that you cannot have all blessing and no burden. In Gods economy blessing is birthed out of the burdens when I take action in the direction He is leading me in. The key is in the little things. Just the other day a long time patient came in for an extra adjustment because she had a migraine, a week later she tells me, I used to get migraines 2-3 times a week now it's once or twice a year. And when they do come I recover in hours instead of days, her life is radically changed. I say all of that because it was the burden/responsibility as Gods disciple to lead her through the "warrior procedures" that moved her in the direction of her miracle. And it was that 'responsible action", and many more like them, that led me to a place where I am better equipped to carry the responsibility, take take the necessary action, and continue to see Gods face more often throughout my life. It takes a lot of "pinholes" to get where God has taken me, and where I'm going. I guess what I am trying to say is that I loose sight of God in the midst of the burden less often then 14 years ago. The double shoulder injury is a new burden and I'm learning how to walk through it. Praise God that today I can walk in my power and perform more miracles more often then I did 14 years ago. The best part... God gets more glory today then yesterday.

    Love u guys Rick

     

    On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Angela Barrow said:

    Yurij, thank you for sharing Oswald Chamber's definition of discipline. As I have approached discipline in the different areas of my life this week with this new definition, I am amazed at how the follow through is greater. The new definition seems to deepen the why behind the disciplines.

     

    On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Dmitri Sokolov said:

    Amen, moment to moment and day by day, sharpens us or dulls us, disciplines or spoils. Great reminders Coach!

     

    On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Denise Rassel-Daigneault said:

    Awesome. Still working on the physical. 🙄 Could spend all day starting with first moments in the word. 🙏 D

     

    On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Joshua said:

    Great wisdom Yuri. I always saw discipline as the ability to not do what you want to do, thank you for changing the definition for me!

     

    On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Erin said:

    I love this. I mentioned in Advance how I had a journal entry on this exact topic about 2 weeks ago. The leaning in to the new patient procedures was easier today than it was last week...and it's because of the disciplined training we did in Florida. I saw 4 np's today, and each one felt so real and authentic and I know my heart was in the right place. The training on relationships and communication is critical for me. Thanks again Yurij. And thank you for leading me to the Chambers devotional. It has been amazing to study my way through it.

     

     

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