|“If you want that splendid power in Prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.” Charles Spurgeon
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But if we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:31
Paul rebuked the Corinthians for the way they conducted themselves at the Lord’s Table. “That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.” 341 The Holy Spirit judged them, not in the sense of condemning them, but by chastising them that they “may not be condemned along with the world.” God had to discipline them because they refused to discipline themselves.
You can either discipline yourself, or you can let Christ do it for you. If you do it, He does not need to do it. You discipline yourself by keeping your heart tender and teachable before the Lord, and by keeping His commandments. To the degree that you walk in obedience to His Spirit, you diminish His need to chastise you.
Paul told the Corinthians that their sickness and death were the judgment of Christ for their behavior at the Lord’s Table. They could make the connection between their sin and Christ’s discipline, because Paul made it for them. When you fail to discipline yourself, you not only invite the discipline of Christ, but you bring confusion into your life. For when he chastises you, you cannot distinguish between His discipline and the general flow of tribulation and troubles that come into your life. You are better off disciplining yourself rather than forcing someone else to do it for you.
341 I Corinthians 11:30
Proverbs 19-21 2 Corinthians 7 (New King James Version)
2 Corinthians 7
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