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 NIV

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What does the discipline from God look like?

I was recently teaching on giving prophecies to others. The old testament prophets gave corrective words to the nation or individuals that they were out of alignment with God’s character and His  ways of living. If they continued on the present course of conduct, God’s favor would leave and bad things would happen.

Jesus came, lived, died, was buried and rose again. As His followers He bore ALL the penalty for our sins. We live under the gift of grace

How, then, does the Holy Spirit bring correction into our lives with the present day gift of prophecy? For the follower of Jesus, God’s favor and presence never leaves, but remains upon and within us through the abiding promise of the Holy Spirit.

The key to corrective discipline in our lives comes through the context of one word in 1 Corinthians 14:3 Paul states the guardrails of prophecy which edifies the church. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

The word strengthening is Oikodomien. The root oiko is a house or dwelling place. The term literally means building a home. Figuratively is means to build structure into one’s life.  Part of building a home is realignment or leveling. For the structure to have maximum strength and durability the framing and walls need to be straight and fitted together well. Adjustments are made with hammers, saws, tapping, and plumb lines or levels.

The strengthening word of prophecy is mirror indicating the direction of alignment which needs to be made.  Psalm 94:12- 13a reveals the path and purpose of realignment to the ways of God. Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law; you grant them relief from days of trouble.

In agreement with the writer of Hebrews, God brings discipline (realignment to God’s truth for holy living), because the unholy path we are choosing to live will bring days of trouble into our lives.

Yield, especially as a follower of Jesus.

Not my foolish and selfish way of thinking, but I yield to the revelation of truth that Your ways are right and pure. This is the proper response to the revelation of alignment God brings to us the Holy Spirit and His word. These alignments can come from our reading of the Bible, the Holy Spirit or a word of prophecy.

Some questions to ponder

  • How would you define God’s discipline for God’s children and for you specifically?
  • Can you give an example of His correction in your life?
  • What Bible verse(s) from His law is He using to teach you corrective discipline?
  • To repent means to turn away from. God is not fooled by tears and/or whining. How do you express a broken and contrite heart reflecting true repentance which God receives?

As a father disciplines his children, so the Lord disciplines us. He knows the paths which lead to fear, failure, and trouble for our lives. You can trust God to always be fair, right, and good, even if He has to do a little tapping on us to straighten us back up. God loves you always, even in the corrective moments of our lives.

Blessings Love y’all