Describing the Defeated

Describing the Defeated
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Does #God ever #discipline the #ungodly?  How about His own?  What happens when we rebel against God?  What happens when we go to church but don’t live by God’s word?  Trying to live the Christian life in our own power is the definition of defeated.  What are the evidences that a Christian is living outside of God’s will?  Is there a warning against taking it easy or trimming away parts of the Bible to suit our desires?  How can we forget what God is like and expect not to be defeated?  Many of the actions God took against His people could have been attributed to the Devil, but the Lord actually did them to bring them back to Himself.  So, the next time you are going through trouble, ask yourself, ‘Is this the Devil trying to bring me down or the Lord trying to get my attention?’

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How does God’s #LOVE correspond to His CHASTENING?    Chasten is defined by Webster as correcting by punishment; discipline – to purify or refine by freeing from faults.  Psalm 94:12 “Blessed is the man whom Thou dost CHASTEN, O LORD, and teaches him out of Thy law”  I think Hebrews 12 gives us additional understanding on perfect love.  “do not regard lightly the discipline of the LORD nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE CHASTENS, AND SCOURGES  EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.  We had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?  For they chasten us for a short as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good that we may share His holiness.  Now no CHASTENING for the present seems to be joyous, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, will it yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Isaiah 53 tells us of the Father’s chastisement of our sins covered by His son, Jesus’s perfect love.  “He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we ourselves esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted,  He was pierced through for our transgressions,  He was bruised for our iniquities; the CHASTISEMENT for our well being fell upon Him and by His scourging we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”   What does Revelation 3 say to us?  “As many as I LOVE, I REBUKE AND CHASTEN;  be zealous therefore, and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock;  if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.  To him that overcomes will I grant to him to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.”