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It Is for Discipline That You Endure

September 28, 2018

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It Is for Discipline That You Endure

Want to be a champion marathon runner — tennis player — steer wrestler — swimmer?     Nobody gets to be the champion  by sitting on the sidelines  and just watching and wishing,  while munching a hot dog.     A champion must strive  and discipline himself — practicing every day  for long hours,  without fail.

When people have a goal  they highly prize,  they don’t mind disciplining themselves  to reach that coveted goal.    Heaven is our goal — and we’re not going to get there  by believing that every religion,  belief system,  and philosophy is okay.     We won’t reach our heavenly goal  by living an ungodly life.     And,  we won’t get into heaven  with an unbelief  that denies the love  of God  every time we come across a problem  in this life.

We need to toughen up  by practicing the disciplines  of truth  in every area  of our lives.     We need to become skilled  in realizing  why the Bible should be trusted  in place of other religions,  belief systems,  and philosophies.     We need  to practice fighting off temptations  with the word of God,  so that we won’t become disqualified  as a contestant.      And,  we need to learn  to trust our Savior  every time we face  overwhelming troubles  in this world — like sicknesses,  accidents,  death,  financial setbacks,  etc.

God is our heavenly Father  and He lets us face these challenges  of all sorts of disciplines  in this world,  in order to make us spiritually strong.     Is there someone always pushing false beliefs our way?     That is for our practice  in becoming strong  in standing  in the truth.

Is there a constant temptation that just gnaws away  at a person  because of a desire  for gratification?     The temptation is there  just so that we can become strong  in resisting it  and learn  to let God satisfy our needs.

Are there troubles galore  that are insurmountable  and make us wonder  if God loves us  like He promised?     The strength  of our faith is being tested  and proven,  in order to make us stronger  and realize  how God really is supporting us  and loving us  in the midst  of the troubles.

The writer of the book of Hebrews  listed a long list  of heroes  in the Bible,  who went through all sorts of temptations  and trials  that tested  and refined their faith.     They became champions  in the true faith.     And so,  Hebrews 12:5-6 says  to us,

My son,  do not regard lightly  the discipline  of the LORD,
Nor faint  when you are reproved  by Him,
For those  whom the LORD loves  He disciplines
And He scourges every son   whom He receives.

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?

The bottom line is  that God’s love is  in everything  that challenges us  in this world.     Just as our earthly fathers want us  to grow up  to be good  and well-disciplined children,  our heavenly Father wants us  to become spiritually grown up  as we honestly live  in the truth.

So… we can be happy and confident  as we humbly accept God’s discipline  and learn  to grow up  in faith,  hope  and love.     Then,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Heavenly Father,  thank You  for Your eternal love  and salvation  in Jesus Christ, our Lord.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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