Do Not Misunderstand God’s Discipline

Good morning, Lovelies!
I trust your week is going well and you’re enjoying the month of June.
Life has been rather busy as of late and I apologize for not writing a post two weeks ago.
Time got away from me and it just slipped my mind.

Proverbs 3 is the Scripture for this month and as I read the entire chapter
I was greatly enriched by the words.
This chapter is so full of wisdom that it can easily be read over and over
and each time something can be learned from it.

I was drawn to verses 11 - 12 which say,

My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD;
neither be weary of his correction:

For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth;
even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

We need to appreciate the Lord and not misunderstand His discipline.

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I looked up Proverbs 3:11 - 12 in the Bible Knowledge Commentary and here is what it said. . .

The God who can be trusted to smooth out obstacles and bring one to his appointed goal (vv. 5-6)
and to supply one’s material needs (vv. 9-10)
demonstrates His love by discipline. 

The warning to the son is two-fold: do not despise (“reject or take lightly”)
the Lord’s discipline and do not resent (“loathe or abhor”) His rebuke. “

And ye have forgotten the exhortation
which speaketh unto you as unto children,
My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, 

nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth and scourgeth,
every son whom he receiveth.
~ Hebrews 12:5 - 6 ~

Physical punishment and verbal correction are hard to accept
but they demonstrate God’s loving concern.
The same is true of a parent’s discipline of his children.
Loathing such discipline - thinking that God disciplines because He enjoys causing pain -
over-looks the benefits that come from such correction.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth:
therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.

~ Job 5:17 ~

I do not write these words to “bash” anyone on the head,
but to remind us that God loves us and desires the very best for His children.
And sometimes the very best might come with chastening. . .but He does it in and through His love.

Have a beautiful week, dear friends!

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Be Ready!

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
- Romans 13:14

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Ye are all the children of light, and the children of day:
we are not of the night, nor of the darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others;
but let us watch and be sober.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:5, 6

The word sober in verse 6 means living with our eyes opened.
The Lord’s return is coming someday, my friends, are we ready?

But let us, who are of the day, be sober,
putting on the breastplate of faith and love;
and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation
by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep,
we should live together with him.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:8 - 10

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We do not want to be found dressed in dirty garments when the Lord Jesus returns.
As a follower of Jesus, we are privileged to wear the armor of light,
not the deeds of darkness.
We have absolutely NO reason to get involved in the pleasures of the world.

And now, little children, abide in him;
that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence,
and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is.
- 1 John 2:28, 3:1 - 2

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But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
- Romans 13:14

To put on the Lord Jesus Christ means to become more and more like Him,
to receive by faith all that He is for our daily living.
What are we eating? We grow on what we eat
so that is why God warns us not to make provisions for the flesh.

If we feed the flesh, we will fail,
but if we feed the inner man the nourishing things of the Spirit,
we will succeed.
- Wiersbe Commentary

Blessings to each one of you!

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Made New in the Forgiveness of Jesus

One of the most remarkable things in this life (at least to me)
is the forgiveness that Jesus Christ offers to us.
Daily I am reminded that I am not even close to being perfect
and I continually make mistakes,
yet the Lord is always ready to forgive my blunders and to wash my slate clean
so that I can start new and fresh.

Have you ever struggled with a certain “sin” that seems to keep haunting you?
Have you ever confessed a certain sin, done well for a while, but then went right back to doing it?
Have you ever gone to the Lord with a particular sin and said,
“It’s me again, Lord, with the same sin seeking your forgiveness”?

I know I have!
I am the person that continues to go before the Lord asking for forgiveness for the same thing
because there are times I am not allowing the Lord to get the victory over that area in my life.

But there is hope, my dear friends!
Hope in Jesus Christ our Lord.
You see, when we confess our sin before our righteous God and are truly repentant
then He washes away that sin and makes us white as snow - we are made new and clean.

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And here is what I find so comforting and beautiful … we may struggle with that same sin,
but God will continue to forgive us when we seek Him.
And when we go before the Lord He does not see us with the same sin
asking for forgiveness for the same “issue” over and over and over,
but rather He see’s His child coming before Him with a repentant heart
seeking His precious forgiveness .

No, I am not encouraging us to accept the fact that we may struggle with a certain sin for life
and we can just expect God to always forgive us,
but rather to realize that God does not roll His eyes
or sigh in frustration when we go before Him with the same problem 7 times in a week.
Our Heavenly Father desires the very best for us and He is there by our side
waiting to help us get the victory over those pesky sins.
He is there with His arms wide open ready to offer forgiveness over and over
and however long it takes.
Oh what a loving, merciful Savior we serve!

We will get the victory when our heart and eyes are focused upon our Lord and Savior
and when we are truly repentant.
Our Lord is full of mercy and grace and He will help us to press on each and every day.

“Grace can pardon our ungodliness and justify us with Christ’s righteousness;
it can put the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us; it can help us when we are down;
it can heal us when we are wounded; it can multiply pardons,
as we through frailty multiply transgressions.”
-John Bunyan (1628-1688)

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May your day be richly blessed!

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Sing a New Song

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In verse one, the Psalmist invited all the earth to praise the LORD with singing.
The earth is to praise His beautiful majesty and to sing a new song unto Him.
Singing a new song suggests that new mercies had been received.

In verse two the Psalmist mentions to show forth his salvation.
The people were told to announce His salvation and His deeds throughout the world,
which would bring Him glory.

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The Psalmist is once again inviting his readers to sing to the LORD a new song
because in His strength He has provided salvation.
God’s great salvation is possible because of His loyal love and unending faithfulness.

We have much to sing about in this brand new year of 2014.
May we sing a new song as we start each day with our precious Lord
for there are new mercies to sing of.

“Great is Thy Faithfulness!” “Great is thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided-
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord unto me.”
~ Thomas Obediah Chisholm ~

The salvation provided to us from
such an incredibly loving God ought to put a new song in our mouth.

“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
~ Psalm 100:5 (KJV) ~

Let’s make a joyful noise as we sing our new song.

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Many blessings to you, friends!

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