Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Observation: Through the spirit, we have strength, love and self-discipline.
Application: Often I feel as though I lack self-discipline. And often I feel powerless. (I’m glad I feel the love often!)
I want to accomplish more than I actually get done, and when I don’t get things done, I get frustrated with myself.
Sometimes I don’t accomplish that to-do list because I forget how much time each task really takes and sometimes I fall short because I procrastinate or get a tad lazy.
Reading this today reminded me that I do have self-discipline and I do have strength… They are in there as gifts from the Holy Spirit. I just need to call on them and put them to use.
I cannot let the enemy lead me to beat myself up and think I lack self-discipline and therefore can’t get things done that need to get done.
I’ve got the power in me. I just need to call on it. And call on Him for wisdom in setting my priorities daily.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I can get all that you want me to get done through you.
Thank you for the gifts mentioned here: those of power, love and self-discipline.
Please forgive me when I listen to the enemy and let that self-discipline slip. And forgive me when I feel powerless in light of my sometimes overwhelming to-do list.
Please, Lord, guide me in setting my priorities and in setting my to-do list. Guide me in being realistic in what should be done, in what can be done and, most important, in setting my goals to be honoring to you.
Thank you for these gifts of power, love and self-discipline, among many others.
Please remind me of them when I need to be reminded. And guide me in keeping Satan’s lies away.