Spiritual discipline can be described as those behaviours that augment our spiritual growth and enable us to grow into spiritual maturity. This process of spiritual growth and development begins the moment a person encounters the risen Christ. The foremost of these disciplines centres on our attitude towards the Word of God; which constitutes the reading, studying, memorization and meditation of Scripture. If this discipline is neglected, no other effort to discipline ourselves will be successful because, we simply do not have the power to overcome the resistance of the sinful nature in which our new nature wars against, neither do we have the power to overcome the resistance of demonic influences.
David said, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11 NIV). David from this Psalm had come to recognize the very role the Word plays in one’s walk with God; and has sought to discipline himself to the effect that, he will delight in the statutes of his God. Disciplining ourselves in a consistent study of the Word is paramount for any believer who desires to have a fruitful walk with God. In this time and age, many are the things that are competing for the attention of the youth, but in the midst of such competition, we should know what we stand for and what we consider relevant in our walk with God.
As the Lord God instructed Joshua, so is He instructing us today: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8 NIV).