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October
13
2019

Where am I?

Where am I?

This past week we had Jim Johnson from Just a Preacher Ministries to be our guest speaker and if you have listened to him before, you know that he likes to get you thinking about where you are in your walk with Jesus as an individual and as a Church family. Please read Deuteronomy 8:1-11 as I share with you three lesson on discipline that I learned from our guest speaker this past Sunday morning. None of us like to hear the word “discipline” but we learn that it is important and needed if we are going to accomplish what it is that we were created for. As we read Deuteronomy 8:1-11, we learn that the Lord disciplines Israel so that he can shape them for their future purpose.  God redeemed Israel from slavery in Egypt to himself so that they would be a holy nation for his purposes.  When anyone repents of their sin, believes the good news of Jesus Christ and calls upon his for salvation, he delivers them from a life of slavery to sin to be set apart to himself as holy.  From that moment on, the gift of the Holy Spirit comes into a person’s life and begins to discipline them for what the Lord Jesus wants to do through them.  As we follow Jesus each day, we learn to depend on him.  If we do not learn to depend on him, his discipline humbles us so that we will learn to depend on him. Jesus teaches that whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12) Either way we are going to be humbled. I don’t know about you but at this stage of life I would rather humble myself under God’s mighty hand than to have him humble me.  When He disciplines me, he is teaching me what is in my heart and where I am in my relationship with him.  He, being an all-knowing God, already knows what’s in my heart he now wants me to know what he knows.  It is scary what the Lord reveals to me that is in my heart.  But the great news is this, as he disciplines me, he is teaching me at the same time what it means to follow him.  The Lord Jesus loves us too much to leave us the way we are.  He has a plan for our lives and his discipline is to prepare us for what he has in mind.  Now the writer of Hebrews is right in this: For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11) I don’t know about you but sometimes I think that I am further along in my walk with Jesus than I am. Will you allow Jesus to discipline you so that he can prepare you for the blessings he wants to bless you with?  

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