Self-Help

II Timothy 1:7 (NASB) says, "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity,
but of power and love and discipline."
Proverbs 16:32 (NASB) says, "One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And one who rules his spirit, than one who captures a city.

There are over 50 more verses pertaining to self-control or self-discipline but
hopefully you get the idea of where I am going with this and what God has said
in relation to it. Exercising our self-will is in itself self-help. If someone has to tell
us to do the right thing then it is not self-disciple. God guides us by His Spirit but
if we are too weak to follow the urging of the conscious mind then we are vulnerable
and become spiritually weak.

There is a lot more than can be said about the topic of self-discipline and that is where
you come in. What are your thoughts on this?
 

bobinfaith

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Actively listening is one of the hardest, but most important parts of any conversation (God or man). For me actively listening starts with listening to God's words of instruction and meditating on them. I also strive to maintain an attitude of prayer through out the day, in this way, it seems easier to listen more.

cp

Hello Chuck;

Your words are simple but with substance. How many times in the New Testament did Jesus day, He who has ears to hear? He was referring to those hearing the Word of the Lord but lacked comprehension and desire to act.

I agree that listening is a tough discipline. Arriving at the discipline of listening benefits other areas in our personal lives and walk with Jesus - receiving God's guidance, how we receive, give instruction and serving others.

I've always been an advocate of working together, being a team player with other people besides the Christian community. Listening gives me the opportunity to participate in co-production, be open to receive correction, encouragement, and at the end of the day I can evaluate my relationship with God.

I tell you the truth. This is easier than said or writing. When I first learned of the words, self-discipline or self-help, I had to get mud all over my shirt, not from working on the engine of my car, but in my people relationships.

Self-discipline and self-help is good but before we can arrive at that, we need to solidify it's foundation by fundamental discipling and mentoring of others.

Nazarene Servant, thank you for sharing Self-Help. đź‘Ť
 
Hello Chuck;

Your words are simple but with substance. How many times in the New Testament did Jesus day, He who has ears to hear? He was referring to those hearing the Word of the Lord but lacked comprehension and desire to act.

I agree that listening is a tough discipline. Arriving at the discipline of listening benefits other areas in our personal lives and walk with Jesus - receiving God's guidance, how we receive, give instruction and serving others.

I've always been an advocate of working together, being a team player with other people besides the Christian community. Listening gives me the opportunity to participate in co-production, be open to receive correction, encouragement, and at the end of the day I can evaluate my relationship with God.

I tell you the truth. This is easier than said or writing. When I first learned of the words, self-discipline or self-help, I had to get mud all over my shirt, not from working on the engine of my car, but in my people relationships.

Self-discipline and self-help is good but before we can arrive at that, we need to solidify it's foundation by fundamental discipling and mentoring of others.

Nazarene Servant, thank you for sharing Self-Help. đź‘Ť
No, thank you, Bob and Chuck. Very good wisdom and I need to apply
most of what you said, Bob. I really like that you brought up active
and intentional listening, Chuck, and your highlighting that that is
"ears to hear", Bob.
 
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