Discipline and Accountability – 4/17/20

Henna Delos Santos

Proverbs 5:12-13 – “…How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.”

 

Like most of you, I’ve recently started working from home and realized that I had no schedule whatsoever. The temptation of being pulled into so many things while being at home has been everywhere and I’ve noticed myself creating bad habits. In evaluating our new day to day lifestyle, my husband encouraged me to create a simple task to accomplish each day. This small task wasn’t made for me to stress over, but to feel like I’m making progress towards a long-term goal. In doing so, we’ve learned two things: 

  1. Discipline: Doing a simple task makes it easy for me to keep my routine consistent.  
  2. Accountability: I found accountability with my husband as we check-in with each other throughout the day. 

I see the importance of being disciplined in our daily lives as I read Proverbs 5.  Temptation, which is personified as the adulteress woman, is hiding just around the corner.  It may come from your TV, social media, or wherever.  Her words dripping with honey may entice us for the night, but she will ultimately lead us into an eternal destruction (v.3-5).  We are instructed by the text to use self-discipline, and that we are to steer far away from temptation (v.8). Just as I had to learn how quickly it is for bad habits to begin, I’ve learned that keeping my focus on Christ starts on where I put my attention. 

  

As we also reflect on the last Easter service, which convicts us of where our elsewhere is (Psalm 84:10), let’s take the time to repurpose our elsewhere. Proverbs 4:14-15 says, “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.” May we be a church who focuses on being with Him every day so we can live a life that counts growing in His word and being bold with our closest friends and family to share the gift of eternal life.

Prayer Points

 

  1. Pray for our hearts when we come across temptations in our daily lives that we don’t depart from His Word (v 7).  Be encouraged that we are not alone, even in temptation, God is fighting with us.
  2. Pray for Citylight, that we can equip one another with love and accountability. We can encourage each other to use this time intentionally in pursuing the Word of God.
  3. Pray for our city as people are adjusting to the new “normal”.  May the city not be discouraged by what they see and hear, but instead learn about God.  He is the ultimate cure that people are desperately looking for.