Religious people rarely experience freedom.
Disciplined people frequently know freedom.
Religion teaches us that we must make our own way, and hold our own line, and fear of failure keeps us engaged. Discipline teaches us that we must stay ready – for our God to bless us, and use us, and lead us to overcome our pasts and our enemies and our weaknesses.
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling BECAUSE it is your God Who works in you – both to want what He wants, and to become able to do what He wants. Be filled with hope in His ability to accomplish His desires in you and in your life. Its what He wants to do. (Philippians 2:12-13)