Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Practical Tools for Self-Discipline

I got a reminder recently of why my internet filter is important to me. I clicked on what I thought would be a link to a "Christian" website but my filter blocked the page. I don't know what was really on that page because I had no desire to over-ride it, but I would have known and possibly been trapped into something I don't want to see if I had not had a good web filter. That incident caused me to re-evaluate and reflect on my level of self-discipline.

Proverbs 5:22-23 says:
The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.

Revelation 22:10-15 warns us:
And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy." "Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Let us be faithful to humble ourselves, practice self-discipline, submit to the Lord and walk in holiness. Let's use all the resources available to us to avoid being "unequally yoked with unbelievers" and to seperate ourselves from worldly lusts.

- Free Internet Filter
http://www.k9webprotection.com/
- How to Control what you watch on TV
http://www.controlyourtv.org/
- Rebuild Christian Family Culture
http://www.visionforum.com/about/welcome/
- Remain Committed to God's Word
http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/readingplans/
- Cultivate Your Personal Prayer/Devotional Life http://www.desiringgod.org/library/sermons/02/122902.html http://www.ccel.org/ccel/spurgeon/morneve.pdf

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