One of the nuggets I got from Pastor Stephen’s message yesterday was: “discipline is like a muscle. You have to exercise it and it will grow stronger.” If you continuously work out your biceps, they will grow stronger. If you are lackadaisical about working on your legs, they won’t have the desired strength that you want. When you are disciplined in exercise, you will make sure you workout every day. If you miss your normal workout time, you will make it up later in the day or do double the next day. Sometimes, you feel bad if you don’t work out at all. During my prayer time today, I told God I want to be more disciplined in my prayer & study time. I want to feel off kilter if I don’t get my prayer and study time in each day. As I continued to say this to God, the next thing out of my mouth was, let me fiend for You Lord.
I haven’t always been saved; hard to believe I know. But as I was preparing to write this, the song by Jodeci came to my mind. I can’t leave you alone/ You got me feenin/I’m feenin for you. Now I had to look up the word “fiend” cuz “feen” ain’t a real word lol. All the definitions I found had to do with demonic forces or evil things. So you KNOW that is not God. So I said: well what is another word that can describe what I am trying to say: “addicted.” People think that addiction automatically means something negative. That is not always to case. One of the definitions for “addict” is A devoted adherent (disciple, devotee); a fan; one who is addicted to a compulsive activity. As I began to pray more, I just kept telling God how I need Him; I can’t get enough of Him. I want my compulsive activity to be spending time with God. When a person is addicted to something, they are known as a junkie. A Junkie is a person with an insatiable craving for something. I want to be a Junkie for Jesus. I won’t be right if I don’t get my daily “fix” of Jesus.
When someone who is addicted to drugs decides to give up drugs, sometimes they do it cold turkey. This is the one of the toughest ways to get clean of drugs. When I looked up the symptoms of withdrawal on a website, the first statement leaped out at me: “Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable physical or mental changes that happen when the body is deprived of the alcohol or drugs that it is accustomed to getting.” The next statement was powerful too: “Keep in mind; withdrawal symptoms only occur if a person has regular, heavy use of a drug or alcohol”. Now here is what I get from these two statements: in order to go through withdrawal, you have to be a habitual user of drugs or alcohol in order to go through the symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety. Now we know that everything in the natural can be applied spiritually.
Let’s look at this in the spiritual. If I am sporadic with my prayer time or blahzay about studying the word, I won’t feel like I’m being deprived of anything. I won’t feel like I am missing anything. I won’t have the desire to make sure I don’t miss out on that time with God. It will just be business as usual. But what we as believers, children of God, need to do is get in and stay in God’s presence. We have to get to the point where we just “aren’t right” if we haven’t had our daily devotional time with God. We have to start to exercise the muscle of discipline. Every morning, I have a set time when I work out. My husband works out when he gets home from work. The same way you may have a set time for working out or any other activity, is the same way we have to discipline ourselves in spending time with God. The more we study, pray, fast, meditate and spend time with God, the greater you will feel the “affects” if you don’t spend time with Him.
I want to be known as a Junkie for Jesus. I want to be so engrossed in God that I feel uncomfortable if I don’t get my “daily fix”. But the only way that can happen is if I exercise that muscle called discipline.