Disciplines Those He Loves

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - Hebrews 12:5-6 - Disciplines Those He Loves - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Hebrews 12:5-6 – Disciplines Those He Loves – Growing As Disciples

And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”   Hebrews 12:5-6 (NIV)

Disciplined

You’ve never liked to be disciplined very much have you? No, not really, who does? But, I have noticed that you are especially sensitive to discipline. How is that? When I have disciplined you, you have held wrong thoughts about it. Like what? For one, you have gotten discouraged and wanted to give up. You have felt life is too hard and that nobody else is experiencing what you are going through. Then there has reached a point where you have felt like you have had enough and have become defensive. That’s when it has become very difficult to teach you anything. Well, I’m sorry for all the wrong attitudes that I’ve held. I do want to be taught by you no matter how hard it might get. Are you saying that you will welcome my discipline into your life as you would a friend? I might not be quite ready to say something like that. I thought so. But, you do know that I want to be fully trained by you? Yes, I can see that. Do I really have to be glad about your discipline when it comes? Your attitude about my discipline is very important. You must not resist it. You must not take it lightly. You will need to trust me most of all. You do know that I love you? Yes, I do. You do know that I always have your best in mind? Yes, I do. When my discipline comes you will need to remember that I love you and I am training you as my child. Yes Lord, I will remember your love for me.

You have asked a lot from me. Yes, I have. You have asked me to bless your life. You have told me that you don’t want to miss out on anything that I have prepared for you, is that right? Yes, that’s right. Can you understand that many of my blessings will only come to you through my discipline? Not fully, but I will try to understand. I will definitely need your wisdom and help. Yes, you will and you will have it. There is something I want you to know right now. What’s that? You will not always understand my discipline.

My discipline may seem unpleasant at the time. Yes, I am well aware of these times. There is one thing that I want you to know for certain. What’s that? I will discipline you only because I love you. My discipline will help you to live your life fully for me. You have told me that you want your life to bear abundant fruit for my glory, haven’t you? Yes, I have. Much of the fruit that you will bear for me will come through how I have disciplined and trained you. Then, sign me up. What do you mean by that? Is there something that you want to say to me? Yes Lord, I will welcome your discipline into my life as a friend. Discipline, teach and train me however you see fit. Very good, I’m glad to hear you say that.

Lord, help me to welcome your discipline into my life. I know that you discipline me because you love me and desire something better for me. Help me to learn from your discipline so that I will live in ways that honor you. Amen

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Go On Your Way

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Wisdom - Proverbs 4:14-15 - Go On Your Way - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Proverbs 4:14-15 – Go On Your Way – Growing As Disciples

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. Proverbs 4:14-15 (NIV)

Path For You 

Be very careful where you set your feet. I have a path I want you to walk. Don’t look around and compare your path with the path of others.

You know that the path that I have for you is not the path of the wicked. Do not do what other evil people do. Do not justify your actions by what others have done to you. Do not give yourself permission to do something just because others are doing it. Don’t respond to others based on how they have treated you. Do you understand all that I am saying to you? Yes, you want to guide and direct my life. You want me to follow you. You want me to live the life you have called me to live. That life will look nothing like what evil people are doing. That path will be far away from the path of the wicked. Yes, it will.

There is more though that you understand, isn’t there? Yes, there is. Tell me what else you understand. I need to be on guard against more than just the path of the wicked. What do you have in your heart and mind? It is wicked to not follow you. I could do a lot of good deeds and nice things and still not be following you. How is that possible? I could be looking at what other good people are doing and assume that I should be doing exactly what they are doing in the same way that they are doing it. What’s the problem with that? That approach puts me in charge of all that I do based on what seems good to me as I observe what others are doing. Why is that a problem? You want me to follow you. You have a path and plan for my life. You want me to walk in and live out that plan. Yes, I do. For me to do something other than your plan is a sin that will cause me to miss out on all that you want to do in and through my life. Yes it is and yes it will.

So tell me what you must be on guard against? I must not live and walk on the path of evil. The evil path can look obviously evil or deceptively good. The only righteous path to walk is the one that you are leading me on. How will you know if you are on the right path with me? I will rely on you to guide my life. I will ask for your directions. I will have faith that you will guide me to what you ask of me. Yes, I will keep you on the path I have for you as you follow me. Of that I am absolutely certain. That’s very good that you have placed your faith and trust in me.

Lord, thank you for your word that keeps me from stepping near or walking on the path of the wicked. Guard my life according to your word so that I will walk straight on the path you have laid out for me as I follow and serve you. Amen

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