Where does discipline come from?
This is a simple answer. This is a complex answer.
One the one hand it comes from the Holy Spirit. He undergirds natural human
abilities and directs them towards a goal more glorious than just your own ends.
He directs them to bring glory to God.
On the other hand, it comes from with YOU. It doesn’t happen passively or ‘magically’.
Either way, discipline comes from within.
Discipline is an internal force.
Sure, you can have discipline imposed on you by a person, like a drill instructor, or some self-help guru on TV, but the reality is: He won’t give you real discipline.
Because that external discipline is not strong.
It will not survive. It cannot stand on its own.
What you are looking for, what you need, is SELF-DISCIPLINE.
Self-discipline, as the very term implies, comes from the SELF.
It comes when you make a decision to be disciplined.
When you make a decision to be better.
When you make a decision to do more, to BE more.
Stop blaming God, and the Holy Spirit for not creating it in you.
Paul says, “But I discipline my body and keep it under control,” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27) and goes on to compare himself to those disciplined athletes of the world who most often don’t have the Spirit, but are able to MAKE IT HAPPEN .
Self-discipline comes when you decide to make a mark on the world.
If you don’t think you are disciplined: It is because you haven’t decided to be disciplined. YET.
It is because you haven’t released it. YET.
You haven’t become it. YET.
So where does it come from? It comes from you.
So make the decision.
Make the commitment.
Become the discipline—embrace its cold and relentless power.
And it will make you better and stronger and smarter and faster and healthier than anything else. And most important: It will make you free.
This is my Christian rendition of “Discipline Equals Freedom Field manual” 2017, Willink, St Martin’s Press