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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 10/25/20

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:7-8 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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How Do I Know When God Is Disciplining Me?

We hear a lot about God’s discipline, but do we recognize His discipline in our own lives? When I thought about this, I had to admit that I didn’t really know when He was disciplining me. (Was that God’s discipline, or just the consequences of my actions?)

After studying God’s word and seeking to understand, I have come to the conclusion that God is always disciplining us. If we are walking with God, if we are submitted to him each and every day, then He will discipline us all through our journey while here on Earth.

It isn’t necessary to identify what is and what isn’t God’s discipline as long as I ask Him, “Is there something I should learn from this experience?”

I began to dig in the Word and this is what I found:

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Hebrews 12:5-6 NIV

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?  If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.  Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!  They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:7-11 NIV

The writer of Hebrews says, “Endure hardship as discipline.” (verse 7)

When we experience hardship in our lives, we have the opportunity to grow spiritually. Isn’t that true? While enduring hardship, we look to the Lord for strength, wisdom, and answers to prayer.

According to dictionary.com a synonym for discipline is development. Isn’t that what God does in our life? He develops us to become more and more like Christ. As we go through life, the circumstances, decisions, and trials we experience greatly effect our development. Depending on how we react to these events, we will either grow spiritually or lose ground.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV

As we walk with God every day, reading our Bible and faithful in prayer, we can rest assured that He is intimately involved in our life, disciplining us, renewing our minds, and preparing us for His purpose.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

We know that hardship is not the only way we receive discipline because God’s uses His Word to train us, too.

And don’t forget this promise:

Are you [actually] unaware or ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness leads you to repentance [that is, to change your inner self, your old way of thinking—seek His purpose for your life]?” Romans 2:4 AMP

Yes, God’s kindness and love is also a means by which He trains and disciplines us. Have you ever recognized your need to repent due to a kindness expressed to you?

I can remember a time when, in my mind, I was judging someone harshly. That person walked up to me and gave me a hug and said, “I love you!” The result was that I immediately repented and that was the end of that. God used kindness to bring me to repentance.

God’s hand of discipline may be on us not simply to spank us because we have been bad, but to stretch us and broaden us in what we are doing well.”  

John Piper

Here are some interesting facts about discipline:

  1. It may not be pleasant at the time, but discipline produces righteousness and peace in our life. (“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 NIV)
  2. It is a blessing to be disciplined. (“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” Job 5:17 NIV)
  3. Your decision to heed correction affects others. (“Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Proverbs 10:17 NIV)
  4. Heeding the Lord’s discipline will make you wise. (“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” Proverbs 19:20 NIV)

With Love,

Cindy

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Friday’s Verse, 10/23/20

“Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.” Psalm 23:4 TLB

With Love,

Cindy

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A Verse for Meditation, 10/22/20

“But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 10/19/20

“For all God’s words are right, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. He loves whatever is just and good; the earth is filled with his tender love.” Psalm 33:4-5 TLB

With Love,

Cindy

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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 10/18/20

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
 Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:9-10 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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GPS to the Small Door

Imagine you are sitting in church, listening to your pastor’s message, and he says,

“By the way, a lot of people around here aren’t going to Heaven!” (Everybody perks up and starts to pay attention.)

He continues, “The door to heaven is pretty small. So, many people are going to go through the wrong door. In fact, only a few people will find the right door, only a few.”

The people are thinking, “What? Is that really true?”

He continues, “You better make sure you are studying your Bible or you won’t find the small door. Instead, you’ll follow the crowd through the big door. Some of you tend to do what sounds good, instead of carefully studying your Bible.” (People start to fidget because they don’t have time to read their Bibles. They’re really busy!)

The pastor exclaims, “Now that big door is not only the wrong door, it is the door that, once opened, will take you down a big, wide road that looks like a good road, but it isn’t! It leads to devastation and disaster!” (This isn’t what the people want to hear. They think he is too negative.)

He ends by saying, “Make sure you find the small door. Like I said, study your Bible. It is the GPS to the small door.”

Will the people start studying their Bibles, or will they dismiss the pastor’s warning?

Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14  

That is an intriguing statement, made by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus and the Apostles gave us many warnings in the New Testament. We would do well to know what they are. We mustn’t only read and study the promises. We must read and study all of God’s Word.

Do you know what God’s warnings are?  Several are listed in my post, Don’t Follow the Crowd. https://realchristianwomen.blog/2019/02/18/dont-follow-the-crowd/

With Love, 

Cindy

This is My Journey Unscripted.

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All Scriptures are NIV unless otherwise noted.

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