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Do You Allow God to Discipline You?

In any conversation the word discipline doesn’t always receive the most enthusiastic reception, but how critical it is if we are to grow in our Christian walk. When we are born again as Christians it is our spirit that is made new not our bodies or souls (1 Thess 5:23; John 3:5-6). We have to renew our minds (Rom 12:2) and discipline our bodies (1 Cor 9:27) so that the life of God grows in us and flows from us.

In Hebrews we are it is written that if we cooperate with God, he will discipline us (Heb 12:5-11). This word discipline is often translated as chastening or instructing. God disciplines us or instructs us primarily with his word. God loves us so much as his sons and daughters that he disciplines us (Prov 3:11-12; Heb 12:8) so we can grow to experience all he has for us and to do his will. Love without discipline is not love (1 Cor 13:6). In fact, it says in Hebrews (12:8) that if we do not receive Godly chastening, we are illegitimate children.

As we grow as Christians our spirit, heart and conscience, become sensitive to God’s Spirit and will either chasten or approve us for our thoughts, words and actions (1 John 3:20-21). Praise God, he is always there to keep us on track if we let him. Search your heart today, do you allow God, his Spirit and his word, to correct and guide you? The results are amazing.

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