Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Blessing & Benefits of Chastisment

"For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.” (Hebrews 12:6-11, NKJV)
Image result for chastisementIf 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? 10 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. 11 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.
Chastening is never fun, but we are brought to know just how necessary and beneficial chastening is for us. The trouble is that most believers do not recognize the chastening hand of God nor do they learn from it. Often God finds it necessary to chasten us repeatedly until we "wise up" and learn His intended lessons for us. 
Allow me to share with you at least eight (8) major benefits and blessings from experiencing and learning from chastisement. For the record this list is in no particular order of importance.
  • It teaches us compassion for others
  • It teaches us to properly value "things"
  • It teaches us how to continue to conform to Christ
  • I teaches us to pray 
  • It teaches us to search the Scriptures for help
  • It teaches us to weep over our sin
  • It teaches us to long for heaven
  • It teaches us to redeem time wisely

Monday, November 20, 2017

Shai Linne - Mission Accomplished

I have desired not to enter the building "fray" around the death of Charles Manson. To comment would force a complete education of the Arminians concerning for whom Christ died. So my response to the onslaught of comments is this...enjoy and learn!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

the Blessing of Humility by Jerry Bridges

Image result for the blessing of humilityMrs. Jane Bridges gave me a copy of the late Jerry Bridges last book, the Blessing of Humility. I dare say that this is probably his best book. It is savagely and ferociously convicting. 

I have set as one of my goals for 2018 to use this book as the foundation under girding my devotional walk for 2018. 

If you haven't read this book yet, you would be profited to stop what you are doing and either find a Holy Hardware Store that carries good books and pick one up or go on line and order it today. I hope to see God use this as a pattern for humility.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

O, Sing to the LORD a Brand New Song

Make a Joyful Noise to the LORD… Psalm 98

Psalm 98
Written by Gregg Metcalf

O, Sing to the Lord a Brand New Song

O, sing to the Lord a brand new song
For he has done such marvelous things
Give praise, give praise all ye throngs
Soar to heights with Celestial wings

The LORD has revealed His salvation
He has unveiled His righteousness
No longer hidden from any nation
He’s blazed a path in the wilderness

Make a joyful noise all the earth
Break forth with a joyful chorus
Sing of all his glorious worth
Of grace so vast and joyous

Sing to him with flute and horn
With strings make a melody
From the elderly to the newly born
Lift up your voice in ecstasy

Let the sea roar all its days
and the rivers clap their hands
let grassy hills send forth praise
from those dwelling in the land

The LORD comes to judge the earth
He comes to judge with all equity
To give each and all their very worth
Given Him by His Father’s authority 

O, sing to the Lord a brand new song
For he has done such marvelous things
Give praise, give praise all ye throngs
Soar to heights with Celestial wings