God disciplines those He loves and who love Him.
He works all things out for good, even my poor choices.
Romans 8:26-30 (NASB)
In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning’s deep for words; and He who searches our hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn of many brethren; and these whom he called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Hebrews 12:1-11 (NLT)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge cloud of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.
He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterward. Now He is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. Think about all He endured when sinful people did such terrible things to Him, so that you don’t have to be weary and give up. After all you have not yet given your lives in the struggle against sin.
And have you entirely forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you, His children? He said,
“My child, don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines you,
And don’t be discouraged when He corrects you.
For the Lord disciplines those He loves,
And He punishes those He accepts as His children.”
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Whoever heard of a child who was never disciplined? If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children after all. Since we respect our earthly fathers who disciplined us, should we not all the more submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father and live forever?
For our earthly fathers disciplined us a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God discipline is always right and good because it means we will share in His holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.
The two hardest things for us all to let go of and let God change in us are the pride in our heart and that we know what we know, what the world has taught us is the truth about how life works. It is only by applying God’s truths to our circumstances, receiving revelation from our new Source for Life, that these holds over us are broken and we are transformed with the renewing of our mind. We grow in godly wisdom and knowledge, developing a deeper understanding of what God is teaching us about how to live life to the fullest, filled with joy and His perfect and complete peace.
It takes time to relearn what we already know, unlearning what we think we know. Our God is patient, always drawing us closer to Him through His loving kindness. He walks with us as we continue to go through circumstances to help us grow in His truths for our life. He will even carry us when our being hard headed gets the best of us, giving us a chance to regroup and try again. He truly is invested in our success as His children, always steadfast and faithful, never letting go and encouraging us all along the way, causing in our hearts a joyful response in all of life.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?