Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Have you been disciplined lately?

"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him." Hebrews 12:5

Are you being disciplined and you don't understand?

Do you feel as if your being persecuted for doing what you thought was right?

Was your heart right at the time you were accused of doing wrong?

Do you know when God is disiplineing you?

Do you take God's disciplining lightly?

Do you really trust God?

We all at some point in our life have been disciplined.

It might have been mom, dad, school teacher, boss or friend, could even be by your pastor.

When God disciplines it is for a reason.

God's discipline is not random and pointless.

What is God's discipline you ask?

God will use a painful circumstance that He has allowed to come your way to change your conduct and you character.

Our conduct is the what we do.

Our character is why we do what we do.

God wants us to totally change inside and out.

God does not just want a make over.

God does not allow us just to go through a painful situation just to learn something some day.

God wants to change our heart.

God wants to change our character.

God is after that total life transformation!

"For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." Hebrews 12:6-8

When we are facing hardships, discouragement, that come from being disciplined, it is very easy to lose sight of God.

When we suffer we are in training.

When we suffer we also grow in maturity.

God chastens those whom He loves.

When God disciplines us, He is showing us conformation of the relationship that we have with Him.

Regardless of what you are going through, God does know what He is doing!

God will address a particular area in your life to help you grow.

It is only painful for a moment.

God, He never makes a mistake!

God wants us to turn to Him as we are being disciplined, so that He can teach us something.

We have got to learn from our pain and keep going, that will keep us growing as Christians.

We must learn to understand God's discipline so that we can move on spiritually.

God will open a door when it is right and He will close that door when something is wrong.

All discipline is painful at the time.

Remember that discipline as a child when you thought everyone was out to get you cause you done wrong.

Everyone who disciplined you as a child done it out of love, and you learned something out of it and moved on.

It is like the saying: "Train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

We might wander for a while, but we eventually know what is the right thing to do.

The fruit will come from having been trained.

It is through His discipline that we will see that change of heart.

It is through that discipline that we will see that change in our character.

God will use that discipline to help make that total life transformation.

God does not want to make us pay.

We can't.

Jesus already paid for all when He was on the cross.

God wants to train us, not punish us.

We need not look at the circumstances around us, but keep our eyes on Jesus.

We can respond in one of several ways....

We can admit - turn around.
We can take the pitty way out.
We can get angry and resentful.
We can accept it gratefully.

We need to accept it gratefully, turning towards Him and learn what He wants to teach us.

This should be the first thing that we do after being punished.

Most of us do not turn to Him first, we get angry and bitter and hurt.

Most people want to know why?

To find out the why you must look toward Him, and He will tell or show you.

He will show you His grace as you turn to Him.

He will never give us more than we can handle.

He never will overwhelm us by His discipline.

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able; but with that temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." I Corinthians 10:13

All sorts of problems and temptations happen to each of us everyday.

Don't get that singled out feeling.

God helps you, and sometimes He will let a situation happen so that you can learn form it.

He will help us to recognize situations and people that will be trouble.

He wants us to turn away from these, and turn our eyes on Him.

He wants us to choose to do right.

God will not let you go through a painful situation or circumstance and not learn from it.

He disciplines us so that we shall learn from it and go on.

Once we have learned to turn to Him, we also must learn to be submissive.

We are to be submissive to those in authority over us.

When we are submissive we are placing ourselves under that authority.

God wants us to learn Spiritual Authority!

We will never grow in our spiritual walk if we take the action to turn away from our wrong and be submissive to that authority.

We may not always agree with the answer, but God does not do things our way.

We must put all our trust in Him!

He disciplines us for our good.

He is training us up to be his disciples.

He is training us to walk a godly, holy life before Him and man.

He chasten each of us because He loves us!

We will never out grow the discipline from our Heavenly Father.

Just remember that the pain is only momentary, that it will not last forever.

He doesn't just want an outside change, but an inside change.

God never makes mistakes like we do.

He knows what He is doing!

He is in personal control!

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10

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