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Discipline: training to act in accordance with rules; activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill training; the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity; to train by instruction and exercise; to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control; training or conditions imposed for the improvement of self-control
People have a tendency to view God as a wrathful God full of vengeance sitting up in heaven poised on the edge of His throne just waiting for someone to mess up so He can hurl a bolt of lightning at them.
If not that then the polar opposite, a God who is so passive and gentle and loving that he just accepts everyone like a bunch of puppies and finds it cute and adorable when we wander around making messes of our lives.
Do you find that to be more often than not the norm in today’s churches? Either you get hellfire and brimstone or you get warm and fuzzy fluffy clouds? The fluffy cloud people are terrified of ever mentioning God’s disapproval of certain behavior because it might offend someone. The hellfire and brimstone set frown sternly on letting anyone by with even the shadow of impropriety.
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god; for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God,
Same verse from Young’s Literal Translation. YLT simply translates the words directly from the original. It’s sometimes awkward to read because they do not try to make it flow in modern day language, they just give you exactly what it says:
Exodus 34:14 for ye do not bow yourselves to another god — for Jehovah, whose name [is] Zealous, is a zealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:24 For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Young’s Literal Translation:
Deuteronomy 4:24 for Jehovah thy God is a fire consuming — a zealous God.
God is vigilant in maintaining and guarding His children. He is intolerant of unfaithfulness or rivalry and possessive and watchful in the protection of His chosen ones. He demands exclusive loyalty and is ardently active, devoted, diligent and filled with intense enthusiasm, fervor and passion to the point of intense, burning heat when it comes to ensuring our knowledge of His love, grace, and plan for us.
Temper: calm disposition or state of mind; to soften or tone down; to bring to a proper, suitable, or desirable state; to impart strength or toughness to (steel or cast iron) by heating and cooling; toughen; to tune; a mental condition of moderation and calm
Through discipline God tempers his beloved children. It is His goal to bring us to a state of calm. He strengthens us. He toughens us up.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored,
And I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And gather you from the west;
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth—
Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
God’s discipline is not timeout in the corner by yourself while His disapproving laser eye beams His disdain and disgust at you. NO! God is WITH YOU in adversity. He’s there holding your hand. It’s when you learn to keep your eyes on Him in complete trust that you calm down and grow up. You are able to say,“Yes, this is unpleasant and I would prefer it be another way but thank God He is with me and this is for His purpose and His glory so that I might learn His ways, to trust Him more and so others will see that God is alive and still reigns.”
God cannot harden us to difficulties if we never have any.
If nothing bad ever happens to us there is no reason to trust God.
If we are able to solve all of our problems there is no need for God and God’s glory never gets the opportunity to shine in our lives so others can see the process of need -> trust -> wait -> receive
God’s discipline is not punishment it is training.
We are soldiers in God’s army and we wear the Armor of God because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
As soldiers we are disciplined, toughened, hardened, trusting one leader, one command center, honing our hearts and minds to act in one accord with our commander in order to win the battle.
My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.
Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart,
and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Deuteronomy 4:36 Out of heaven He made you hear His voice, that He might correct, discipline, and admonish you; and on earth He made you see His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire.
Deuteronomy 8:5 Know also in your [minds and] hearts that, as a man disciplines and instructs his son, so the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you.
Deuteronomy 11:2 And know this day—for I am not speaking to your children who have not [personally] known and seen it—the instruction and discipline of the Lord your God: His greatness, His mighty hand, and His outstretched arm;
Proverbs 1:3 Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity
Proverbs 1:7 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.
Proverbs 5:23 He will die for lack of discipline and instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he will go astray and be lost.
Lamentations 3:39 Why does a living man sigh [one who is still in this life’s school of discipline]? [And why does] a man complain for the punishment of his sins?
1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we [fall short and] are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined and chastened, so that we may not [finally] be condemned [to eternal punishment along] with the world.
2 Timothy 3:16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),
Revelation 3:19 Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].
Introduction: 10 Steps to Biblical Prosperity
Step 1: Believe God Is Who He Says He Is
Step 2: Believe God Wants Good Things For You
Step 3: Be Faithful In Obedience
Step 4: Always Remember God Is Sovereign
Step 5: Always Know That God Hears Your Prayers and Knows Your Need
Step 6: God Always Answers Prayers
Step 7: Remember God Sees A Much Bigger Picture Than We Do
Step 8: Remember God Disciplines Those He Loves
Step 9: Patience Is A Virtue
Step 10: Be Ready To Receive What God Has For You