Devo Walking in faith Part 25
Hebrews 12:4-13 (NIV)
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
How does he mold us? He does it with discipline. It not always fun. My father disciplined me as a child molding me into the man he wanted me to be. Now I thank my father for many things but this act of love I failed to thank him for and yet it was the greatest gift he gave me. God does everything out of love. I in no way believe God puts sickness on us as Christians to discipline us. My earthly father would not have, nor do I believe my heavenly Father would or will. He sent His son to take away this curse why would he turn around and put it on us. No, sickness and plagues are reserved for the lost but we are His children. Satan puts sickness on us. We are given provision to overcome it. God uses circumstances. Many people instead of submitting to His will try to get out of some of these circumstances. Learn and move on don’t just try to get out of them. Paul when sent to Jerusalem then to Rome knew full well what he would endure, but in full submission went anyhow to show God’s glory and many were and still are being saved. Make level paths for your feet so you have good footing by obeying His moral law.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane