Week 13 November 26
Hebrews 12:6-8, 2 Samuel 12:7-13, Psalm 32: 8,
Romans 8:28, Proverbs 13;24, 2 Samuel 7:14
"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."
Chastening • (of a rebuke or misfortune) having a restraining or humbling effect. Discipline. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men Rebuke ® express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions. an expression of sharp disapproval or criticism
This lesson: As stated in the preface, the lessons in this quarter focused on Spiritual disciplines and the role of the believer in growing spiritually as we walk in these disciplines. However, we often hear about God's discipline and I thought it proper to share a lesson on Gods discipline so that the reader will distinguish between the theme of spiritual disciplines and Gods discipline.
Understanding Gods Discipline
God uses discipline to weed out that which is earthly within us—our pride, fears, idolatry, and presumptions—in order that we might confess sin, repent of it, and share in his holiness. God in Christ is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (Online, 2015). "Discernment and discretion must be used in determining the cause of negative situations. God even allows us to suffer in order to discipline us. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee. God humbled Israel and let them be hungry. This was the chastisement of God upon them. He did this to test them. He wanted to see if they would continue to serve the Lord. God still tests us." (Evans, Roderick L,2012)
How does God discipline us
There are different factors that motivate the discipline of God. Though the discipline of God does not always come as the
result of sin, God will chastise us if we sin habitually. If we will not respond to His warnings, He will discipline us. Oftentimes, he will allow adverse situations to occur for us to draw to Him and leave sin. (Evans, Roderick L.)
Circumstances: God arranges and or allows some of our self-made circumstances to teach us what He wants us to learn. Things that happen to us are either ordered by God or permitted by Him, and they are working together for our good. Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
God lovingly disciplines us. God teaches and trains believers so that they may bring honor to His name. Psalm 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. God will chasten believers when we don't obey his teaching or his discipline methods. Chastening is a form of discipline from God. When believers are corrected with chastening, we become better people. 2 Samuel 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
Biblical Example—You are the Man
KING DAVID'S SIN
2nd Samuel 12:7 -13, And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Sau1;8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.11 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
What are outcomes of God's Discipline
WALKING IN AUTHORITY
When we actively submit ourselves to God's discipline and required training, we begin to walk in more authority and exercise power over the enemy. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
AVOIDING GOD'S WRATH OR FURTHER JUDGMENT
The story of Jonah and Nineveh. Jonah at first resisted obeying God. When he did submit to God, Jonah prophesied and told Nineveh of God's pending destruction, The entire nation repented and avoided God's wrath. (The Book of Jonah)
Missions Application Questions
What are two takeaways from this lesson on God's Discipline?
How can God's discipline teach us to walk in Authority?
World Missions Prayer Points
Lord Jesus, help us to accept your chastening with humility
In the Name of Jesus, I loose and activate with acceleration repentance
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