Not the end of the world

February 20, 2015

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God Has Motives in Disciplining or Chastening:

  1. He wants to lead us to repentance. “Yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us” (2 Corinthians 7:9, NIV)

  2. He wants to restore us to fellowship. “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3, KJV).

  3. He wants to make us more faithful. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2, NIV).

  1. He wants to keep us humble. “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.Β  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9, NIV).

  2. He wants to teach us spiritual discernment. “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” (1 Corinthians 11:31, 32, NIV).

  3. He wants to prepare us for more effective service. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58, KJV).

 

THE FLIP SIDE

  1. Encouragement, sounds strange but be glad that the Lord has His disciplining hand upon you. By chastening or disciplining, God is not discarding His child or disowning him, but rather:

  2. He is confirming His love for you. (“Whom He loveth, He chasteneth.”)

  3. He is confirming His relationship to you. “If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons” (Hebrews 12:8, NIV).

  4. He wants you to respond in obedience and faithfulness to Him. “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word: (Psalm 119:67, NIV).

  5. Open up to the Lord in the manner of the Psalmist: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24, NIV).

Why do you feel that you are being chastened or disciplined?

Do you feel that there is some disobedience or sin in your life that God is dealing with?

  1. In no way minimize the sin or disobedience the you are ready to admit. This is the basis on which you can ask yourself if you are truly ready to repent, confess, and be restored to fellowship.

  1. Encourage yourself to start and continue a daily devotional experience with God through reading His Word and praying.

  1. Seek God’s direction in discovering His purpose for your life. From chastening, one goes on to obedience and blessing which lead to opportunities to live for and serve Christ.

  2. Find a good church where you can find a biblically oriented fellowship. Christian friends help to make us stronger!

  3. Pray and believe for complete restoration and renewal.

It’s not the end of the world when you are mature enough or convicted enough that you want to, need to change your life. Those first steps of change are difficult, and many fearing to fail again stay bound in harmful patterns that disrupt fellowship with God and lead to self-destruction. But because God loves you and you belong to Him, He will seek you out and bring about a change in your life. How painful that moment is depends on how stubborn and proud you are.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Marvin that is battling pancreatic cancer

Betty who has struggled with her weight for so long and wanting to be encouraged to stop binging.

Sara, who is 14, and just found out she has a STD and is afraid to talk to her parents about both her sexuality but also about the pressure she is under to have sex.

And for Bobby, she seriously depressed and acting out, she wants to start counseling again and start taking her medication on a regular basis.

Thank you for all of you who pray for these requests and let us know about your commitment to praying, God bless.

And thank you all that keep sending such kind words of encouragement and prayer.

3 Responses to “Not the end of the world”

  1. Mon Ange said

    πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ praying for your friends.

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