Godliness Through Discipline. Do you remember the last time that you left a church service all fired up to change? You were determined to be different. Godliness Through Discipline Pamphlet – January, Jay E. Adams is best known for his many books on counseling and frequent appearances at conferences on Christian living and counseling issues. He served for many years on the faculties of Westminster Theological Seminary and. INSTRUCTIONS: Carefully read the booklet Godliness Through Discipline by Jay Adams and complete the following questions. As much as possible, include.

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In it Jay Adams shows clearly that, while there is no such thing as instant godliness, genuine and lasting holiness is indeed possible. Godliness Through. Godliness Through Discipline book. Read 16 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This is a helpful and practical booklet that directs t. In it Jay Adams shows clearly that, while there is no such thing as instant godliness, genuine and lasting holiness is indeed possible. Beginning with Paul's.

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And it takes about three more weeks to make the practice part of oneself. But many Christians don't continue even for three days. If they do not receive instant success, they get discouraged. They want what they want now, and if they don't get it now, they quit. Think about this problem for a moment. Remember when you learned how to ice skate? What happened the first time you went out on the ice?

You know what happened. Zip bang! You got a wet bottom. That's what happened every time you got up and tried again. Nobody ever learns to skate without falling at first. You had a decision to make as you sat there freezing: "Am I going to continue this, or should I give up the whole idea of learning to ice skate? A lot of people make that decision right then and there. They do not consider learning to skate worth the embarrassment, awkwardness, trouble and fear that it usually entails.

But others go on in spite of it all. They get up, brush off and start out again; zip bang! Something has Page If you practice long enough, you will no longer have a problem with skating; instead, you will be concerned about how to get the puck into the net. There comes a point at which activity begins to, and then does, become a part of you, but only when you stay with it long enough.

Perhaps you have been afraid to talk to someone about Christ. Maybe you tried it once or twice, and as far as you are concerned you went zip bang! Let's suppose you did get a wet bottom. What of it? Is that so bad? Was that a good reason to give up? Certainly not; that is simply part of learning to skate or witness, or love. Suppose you have found it difficult to read the Scriptures and pray daily; was that a good reason for quitting? Probably you did not have short-term goals in view-like, today I shall do this, then this week, that, and then in three weeks, the other.

But if you had skated every day for three weeks in a row, you would probably be a skater by now. If you really want to be godly, you are going to have to stay out on the ice. Don't let the wet bottoms discourage you.

If you are willing to get wet enough, the first thing you know you're going to get a lot of zzzzzzzzzips and a lot less bangs! In counseling, week after week, I continually Page Perhaps this is the key to godliness through discipline. You wouldn't have learned to ice skate, you wouldn't have learned to use a yo-yo, you wouldn't have learned to button your shirt, you wouldn't have learned to drive an automobile if you hadn't persisted long enough to do so.

You learned because you endured in spite of failures, through the embarrassments, until the desired behavior became a part of you. You trained yourself by practice to do what you wanted to learn to do. God says that the same is true about godliness.

All of the stress that the Bible puts upon human effort must not be misunderstood; we are talking about grace-motivated effort, not the work of the flesh. It is not effort apart from the Holy Spirit that produces godliness, as I said. Rather, it is through the power of the Holy Spirit alone that one can so endure. Of his own effort, a man may persist in learning to skate, but he will not persist in the pursuit of godliness.

A Christian does good works because the Spirit first works in him. Now the work of the Spirit is not mystical. The Holy Spirit's activity often has been viewed in a confused and confusing manner.

There is no reason for such confusion. The Holy Spirit Himself has plainly told us how He works. He says in the Scriptures that He ordinarily works through the Page The Bible is the Holy Spirit's Book.

He inspired it. He moved its authors to write every wonderful word that you may read there. This is His book; the sharp tool by which He accomplishes His work. He did not give us the Book, only to say that we could lay it aside and forget it in the process of becoming godly. Godliness does not come by osmosis. Your own ideas and effort will never produce it.

There is no easier path to godliness than the prayerful study and obedient practice of the Word of God.

The Spirit took pains to raise up men and mold those men to fitly write His Book. Under His good providence they developed the vocabularies and styles in the kinds of life situations that He required. Thus they could write a Book of exactly the sort that He wanted to meet our needs.

He was careful to assure that not one word was penned falsely; in His Book there are no errors. It is wholly true and inerrant; it is the dependable Word of God. That is what the Holy Spirit did. Do you think that after going to all of that trouble He now zaps instant holiness into us apart from the Bible? He doesn't work that way. The Spirit ordinarily works through His Word; that is how He works. So if we want to discipline ourselves toward godliness, a most essential factor is the regular study of God's Word in order to make application of its principles to our problems.

It is by willing, prayerful and persistent obedi- Page When we read about them we must then ask God by His grace to help us live accordingly.

He has given the Holy Spirit to us for this purpose. The word grace has several meanings in the Bible, one of which is "help.

He does not promise to strengthen us unless we do so; the power often comes in the doing. First, they teach what God requires. Secondly, they convict of sin by revealing how we have fallen short of those requirements.

Thirdly, they "set us up straight again. This fourth benefit of the Bible means a structured training in doing righteousness. If you use the Bible every day, the Book will discipline you. Disciplined, structured living is what you need. Structure alone brings freedom. Discipline brings liberty. Our whole age has been brainwashed into thinking the opposite.

Today we are told that we can get freedom and liberty only by throwing over structure and discipline. But sup- Page I would ignore the laws of harmony and laugh at the chromatic scale. Calling disciplined, structured practice nonsense, I might declare, "I want to play freely so I shall sit down at the organ and play. Finally finding the switch, I pull out all sorts of stops, raise my hands, and go drummpgfh! Sheer cacophony! My "freedom" from structure and discipline has yielded only ear-shattering shrieks and growls.

I have not learned to play the instrument. I cannot make music that way. But if I take the long hard road of do re mi fa so la ti do, day after day, week after week, until finally the fingers work properly and the toes become nimble, and I learn what to pull out, when, where and how, the first thing you know, I can play! If I continue, the time may come when I can throw away the books and sheet music and write my own.

But this can happen only if I come through the hard route of structure. The order is-first, structured discipline, then freedom; there is no other. Liberty comes through law, not apart from it. When is a train most free? Is it when it goes bouncing across the field off the track?

It is free only when it is confined if you will to the track. Then it runs smoothly and efficiently, because that was the way that its maker intended for Page It needs to be on the track, structured by the track, to run properly. You too need to be on the track. God's track is found in God's Word.

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In God's round world you can't lead a square life happily; you always get the corners knocked off. There is a structure necessary for life; that structure is found in the Bible. It is conforming to that structure by the grace of God that makes men godly. Here, then, is your answer: regularly read the Scriptures, prayerfully do as they say, according to schedule, regardless of how you feel. That last point perhaps points to the biggest problem of all.

We give up because we don't feel like doing something again. You probably didn't feel like getting up this morning. But you had to do so in spite of how you felt. After you were up and around awhile you began to feel different, and you were glad that you acted against your feelings.

From that first decision on, the rest of the day is filled with similar decisions that must be made on the basis of obedience to God rather than capitulation to contrary feelings. There is much that we don't feel like doing. There are only two ways to live. They reflect two kinds of religion and two kinds of morality. One religion and life and morality says, "I will live according to feeling.

God gave a commandment and required obedience. Page The devil appealed to desire: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life cf.

I John and Genesis When man sinned he was abandoning the commandment-oriented life of love for the feeling-oriented life of lust. There are only two kinds of life, the feeling-motivated life of sin oriented toward self, and the commandment motivated life of holiness oriented toward godliness. Living according to feeling is the greatest hindrance to godliness that we face.

Godly, commandment-oriented living comes only from biblical structure and discipline. Are you godly? If not, what are you going to do about it? There is only one possible way to become godly: you must be disciplined toward godliness until you do in fact become godly.

But no one can be disciplined by the Word toward godliness until first he recognizes his sin against a holy God. If you are truly sorry that you have ignored Him and lived in your-own ungodly way up until now, then turn to His Son in faith and be saved. Jesus Christ is the only really godly man. But your sin will be reckoned His, and His godliness will be reckoned yours if you trust in His death and resurrection for your salvation.

In desperation, Bill went to his pastor. He complained of his despair and asked for help. Half wishing he could talk over the problem with the minister, but also half afraid of the possible consequences of confessing the truth, he hoped the pastor would somehow be able to extract the story from him.

While everyone played a sympathetic role during his infrequent visits home, he knew their real feelings. All this, and much more, because Bill had failed to confess his sins and make right his debts as God requires!

But that is not the only sad feature in this story.

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Bill failed, but so did his wife and his minister. Bill did not need shock therapy, or admission into a mental institution.

But his family and church had not confronted him with the fact that his depression might possibly stem from sin. The possibility did not even occur to them.

Consequently, they failed to help him. Every counselor who has worked in mental institutions has discovered — as I did several years ago — that these institutions are filled with people like Bill. These people and a number of them are Christians might be leading productive, fruitful Christian lives today if their fellow Christians had confronted them with the possibility of sin as the root of their difficulty.

Not all peculiar behavior, of course, stems from specific acts of sin; there are people who have toxic problems, tumors on the brain, brain damage, etc.

It is true that they may worry ulcers on their stomachs or become paralyzed through fear of discovery; but these illnesses are effects, or results, or consequences of their problem, not the causes of it. The real answer to their problem does not lie with psychiatrists or shock therapy; it may be found only in Jesus Christ.

What has happened to it? Where do you find those who are spiritually restoring a brother who is caught in a trespass? How many Christians do you know who regard other Christians as more important than themselves and who look out for the interests of others Philippians ?

Where in the church do you see the confrontation of brethren who have offended one another taking place Matthew ; ? What has happened? In short, they are sick and there is nothing we can do to help them; they need the expert. But are they? Has the Church lost her power for good? Can each individual part of the body begin to function in such a way that the entire body will build itself up in love Ephesians ? But now notice a further implication: if the problems men face are basically the same regardless of how the details may differ, then those Christians who have discovered how to solve their own problems according to the principles that God revealed in the Bible already know enough to help another Christian solve his problems.

You are already competent! In fact, you are likely to be more competent than many of the self-styled experts. Psychiatrists, apart from dispensing tranquilizers which any physician can do , rarely use their medical background.

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Instead they spend their time talking to their patients about values. They attempt to alter character and behavior. Do we seriously believe that a man who is himself living apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ can lead members of the flock into more loving and faithful obedience to the Lord?

Do we really think that the fruit of the Spirit will grow in an atmosphere in which the Spirit is ignored and the principles of His Word are challenged and undercut? Jesus Christ came Luke says doing and teaching Acts — not only teaching, but also doing.

He left a charge to His Church that the works which He did His followers also should do; and indeed, even more extensive works John Where is the power and authority of Christ? When we return to the mutual works of building up one another in our faith we shall know! Christian, in the Name of Jesus Christ your Lord, go help another today. How can you be sure? In the last three chapters you have been stressing the need for, the possibility of taking responsible biblical action-action that solves problems.

Are you offering too much? Can you really deliver? Is this hope you are offering simply another false hope that in the end will only bring greater despair and distress to those who depend upon it? If you were to adopt the viewpoint that I have been presenting on any other basis than that you yourself have searched the Scriptures and have found it to be true, I should be deeply disappointed. Your real hope in trouble, your only certain hope in despair, is in God, the God who against all odds promised redemption for lost men — and delivered!

When you rest on the certainty that is in Jesus Christ, you are depending upon the dependable One who, in Scripture, speaks clearly; the One whose yes is yes and whose no is no. His words are not ambiguous and vague. He does not hedge or say yes and no at the same time. There is no existential tension inherent in His promises. When He promises, He does so plainly, and then follows through.

And that is precisely why — when I say that there is hope, that there are solutions, that mutual help is possible — I am not overselling. All this — and in the chapters to come we shall see even more — is true in the Christ who delivered not only on His promise to come and die, but even delivered on the promise to rise from the dead! Those are words of certainty.

And it is on this granite-like foundation that the hope of which I have been speaking rests. This is the promise of God; you can count on it. Doubtless, the Apostle, who often anticipated objections and questions, suspected that some might think he too was overselling when he penned so sweeping a promise. That, of course, is the firmest foundation of all. In pastoral counseling we find that many people come for help with little hope.

They have tried all they know to do, they have often sought advice elsewhere, but matters have continued to go from bad to worse. So, you can understand why they come with little hope. In fact, their attitude might be described as a hope-against-hope stance.

So often have their previous expectations failed to materialize, and so often have their hopes been dashed to fragments, that they are wary of promises. For fear of being hurt again, they almost defy initial suggestions that there is hope. Perhaps you are discouraged; perhaps you have given up all hope; perhaps you too are hesitant ever to hope again. The problem you face — seemingly impregnable; seemingly insoluble; seemingly impossible — has a solution in Christ.

And there is no fine print to make it worthless!

You do not need to spend long torturous hours in psychoanalysis unearthing all the wrongs that others have perpetrated against you in order to fix the blame for your poor performance upon them. No, you can be different today. The beginning of a solution to your problem can take place right now as you acknowledge your own responsibility to face whatever God sends to you.Sex and the Single Guy.

One answer surely is that we are helped to face such problems by the assurance that others have successfully done so before us. He gave you the ability to live a life that does not demand conscious thought about every action or response.

Knicely, Amy Sept. Jamison, Rita Girl Talk. You are already competent! Remember, too, that Jesus Christ faced problems of a complexity that would stagger the most sophisticated IBM computer — and solved them without sin.

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