“Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace …” (Heb. 13:9).
I. Discipline Your Devotions
“I will … that men pray every where …” (1 Tim. 2:8).
A. Many fail in the Christian life. They do not discipline themselves when it comes to their daily devotions.
B. We must make time for God—to read, to pray, and to meditate on God’s Word each day, giving Him first place in our lives (Matt. 6:33).
II. Discipline Your Doubts
“If ye have faith, and doubt not … it shall be done” (Matt. 21:21).
A. Some people nurture negative thoughts and doubts. This causes discouragement and failure.
B. We must discipline our thinking, refusing to allow doubts to linger too long. We drive away doubts by replacing them with thoughts of faith (Phil. 4:13).
III. Discipline Your Desires
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2).
A. We live in a materialistic society. The souls of millions have been captured by affluent living. They pursue selfish, sensual, and sinful goals.
p 15 B. We must discipline our desires (James 4:7, 8). We must guard against the love of money, excessive popularity, and illicit sex.
IV. Discipline Your Duties
“Do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22).
A. A lack of discipline causes many to waste time or spend it selfishly. They neglect church attendance and fail to accomplish God’s work.
B. We must be faithful to God, allowing and making time for His work. We must witness to the lost and seek to bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:6).
Spray, R. E. (1978). Easy-to-Use Sermon Outlines (pp. 14–15). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.