One of the definitions of discipline eludes to a branch of knowledge. Similar to higher education, discipline is self-taught or prodded through some sort of accountability relationship. This concept involves dedication, hard work and strict training. For those who commit by developing daily routines usually experience blessings, success and wealth.
For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly, Proverbs 5:23.
On the other side of the spectrum, you will find apathy. Those who indulge in this behavior will go through periods of complacency. The by-product of this decision causes individuals to lose sight of their goals, living day to day. Subsequently, vision for the future slowly disappears as depression, laziness and hopelessness take over. This is what likely inspired Solomon to claim the lack of discipline will lead to death.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline, 2 Timothy 1:7.
If you have found yourself in a steady decline recently, the apostle Paul provides a message of hope. The Holy Spirit was sent by God following Jesus’ ascension into heaven to empower those who call on the name of Lord. Therefore, don’t allow a spirit of pessimism to reign within you. Rather, claim the promise in the passage above so that you will escape an undisciplined life.
by Jay Mankus