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Jesus Followers Experience God's Discipline

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"Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?" Hebrews 12:7

 

Have you ever experienced going to a restaurant to enjoy a quiet meal, only to be seated next to a family with an undisciplined child? If so, you may have overheard this common threat, "I'm going to count to three and you'd better..." Worse, you may have actually listened to the parent count to three, only to realize that nothing happened after "three" was reached. Often, a child's behavior can escalate to the point of the parents giving up and giving in to the child.

Unfortunately, in our culture this kind of capitulation is becoming the norm. Discipline is often seen as too harsh and even damaging to a child's self-esteem. However, God doesn't see it that way. God wants us to be centered on Him and not centered on ourselves, and delivering discipline is one way He does that for us. Our God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14) and He loves us too much not to discipline us, and too much to leave us alone in our sin. As Jesus followers, it's important that we understand that God's discipline is for our good.

How is God disciplining you right now? How is He using His discipline of you to grow you in your faith?

Grace Upon Grace

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"...for by grace you have been saved through faith." Ephesians 2:8-10

 

You are saved from spending an eternity away from God's presence when you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord. It is His grace that reveals this fact to you, and that moves you into confession and belief -- you cannot get there on your own.

When Jesus asked the disciples who He was, Peter answered rightly, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!" Jesus immediately responded to Peter that he could not have learned that from another human, but only through the Father revealing it to Him (Matthew 16:16-17).

It is God's grace that saves us. It is God's grace that keeps us. It is God's grace that spurs our faith on to believe. Have you ever asked God for just His grace?

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