|“When you make Jesus the standard, the more you grow in Christ the more aware you are of your depravity.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” Hebrews 12:6
Quoting from Proverbs,289 the writer of Hebrews exhorts his readers to respond properly to God’s discipline. Love and discipline go together; the only people God does not discipline are those He does not love. Rather than discouraging you, His discipline ought to be of great encouragement.
But how do you know if His discipline is for wrong committed, or to push you towards excellence? If the Holy Spirit convicts you of some specific sin in the midst of the chastisement, then you should probably assume a connection and obey the prompting of the Spirit. Otherwise, you don’t need to know; it doesn’t make that much difference. In either case, God’s objective when correcting you remains the same: to conform you to the image of His Son.290
For example, in athletics, the coach is hardest on those with the greatest potential. Let’s say you and I are on a basketball team, and after scrimmage as we head for the showers, you say, “The coach was too hard on me. I can’t seem to please him; he is constantly in my face.” I answer, “I wish he were hard on me. You are the star player and I sit out the game on the bench.” Whether the Coach pushes you because of your doing something wrong, or to make you better makes no difference apart from the response He wants from you; in either case you benefit.
289 cf. Proverbs 3:11-12
Psalm 79-80 Romans 11:1-18 (New King James Version)
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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