By T. Phillips 8-5-12
Many Christians get upset when we feel that we are being punished by God. We look at the evil in the world and think that it is unfair of God to punish us (so quickly) after we have done wrong. When the bad, “evil-doers,” of the world seem to get-by unscaved for a long time.
The truth is that this “punishment” is considered discipline by God. It is not meant to ‘get us back,’ or to ‘get revenge,’ but it is meant to train or guide us into righteousness.
You don’t believe me?
Listen and learn what the writer of the book of Hebrews says about dealing with God’s Discipline in chapter 12 (using the New American Standard Bible) starting at verse 4, and it reads as follows:
(4)’You have not resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;
(5)’and have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;
(6)”FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
What are these verses telling us concerning God’s disciple?
Although God has saved us and forgiven us of sin, He will, without a doubt, chastise us for our unrepentant sin. Plus, He will chastise us in such a way that we Know that He is chastising us. Yet, this does not mean that He is angry with us. It means something different altogether.
These verses are telling us that God’s discipline proves that we are SONS (Male or Female, we are all considered SONS). This is, also, a sign that you are saved and on your way to Heaven.
Can we say the same about the evil and wicked people of the world?
I think not!
They are on their way to a horrible, unmerciful, unforgiving hellish experience that will never end.
Those who have troubled will be, themselves, in such terrible trouble that will not cease.
On the other hand, if we are children of God, our troubles will cease and we will live in splendor and pleasure with God forever. As the old hymnal song goes: “The wicked will cease from troubling and the weary will be at rest…”
God does not want you to face the same fate as the wicked. Instead He wants us to learn to rest in Him. Therefore, the first thing we learn about dealing with God’s discipline is that it is done out of love and out of God’s concern for our personal holiness.
Let’s read on lest you start to believe that I am seeing too much in theses verses.
Verse seven reads:
(7)’It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?’
(8)’But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.’
(9)’Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
(10)’For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.’
(11)’All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.’
From these verses we can plainly see that God has purpose in His discipline. He wants us to learn from our discipline. The writer says “…yet to those who have been trained by it…”
Meaning that God’s discipline is a TEACHER. And like every teacher you can either choose to learn the lesson that they are teaching or flunk the class and have to repeat the lesson all over again. The problem is, that too many of us flunk the lesson that God’s discipline is trying teaching us.
We are, sometimes, like the poor student who refuses to learn his lesson.
Therefore, we discover that not only does God’s discipline prove that we belong to Him, but it will train us in righteousness and holiness. We can literally say, “God is not pleased with this behavior or this action, therefore, I will ask forgiveness and ask Him to help me to never do it again.”
In other words we will repent and learn to seek God’s face on a regular basis.
This is a good thing.
Don’t get caught up in the popular Christian movement that teaches that you should not repent of your sins. You are alright and I am alright and God is alright with us.
If this were the case, why would He take the time to discipline us if He sees no fault or wrong in us?
BELIEVE THE BIBLE OVER MEN!
So I tell you to let God’s discipline TRAIN YOU, MOLD YOU, MAKE YOU! Be always ready to repent for you don’t know whose life you are affecting. Let Christ make you into the SHINING LIGHTS of the world that He intended you to become.
How can metal become useful unless it is forged in the fire? A-men
If you have not given your heart to Christ, and you are ready to become a real Son and miss Hell, ask Him to come into your life today.
Pray this prayer: “Lord Jesus, come into my heart today, mold me and make me into your own way. I denounce sin and turn my back all that is evil. Forgive me of my sins.
(Take the time to specifically ask forgiveness for the major sins that you have committed)
Lord Jesus I receive you into my heart as my Savior and as my Lord. Wash me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Now I will live for you forever. A-men”
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