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Open Heavens: True Consecration 2 by Pastor E.A Adeboye

How do you explain a Christian who claims to have given his life to Christ but consults a witch doctor over a negative situation that has lingered for long?

God’s Discipline – Kenneth Copeland

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Hebrews 12:6-7

There’s a terrible misunderstanding among believers today about God’s method of disciplining His children. They’ll point to some kind of disaster—a tornado or a car accident—and say, “I guess God sent that catastrophe to teach us something.”

No, He didn’t! A loving God doesn’t send death and destruction on His children to instruct them. He doesn’t unleash His bad dog to bite us on the leg, so we’ll learn to wear our boots!

How does He chastise His own? With His Word.

Second Timothy 3:16-17 says, “Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness, (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose and action), so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work” (The Amplified Bible).

If you’ll look in 2 Corinthians 7, you’ll see an example of this. There the Apostle Paul talks about a situation in the Corinthian church that needed correction. That church had gotten out of line and had to be disciplined.

How did Paul do it? Not by asking God to send an earthquake to shake them up! He did it by writing them a letter. He wrote them a word of reproof that hurt so badly they would have preferred being beaten with a stick. It cut deep into their spirits and brought them to repentance.

Your heavenly Father loves you and because He does, He will chasten you. But He’ll do it with spiritual, not fleshly tools. He’ll use the spirit-power in His Word to chasten unbelief and purify your spirit in such a way that you’ll come out strong, not weak and condemned.

So quit bowing down to disasters and start subjecting yourself instead to the Word of God. Yield to the Word. Let it correct you and trim away the flesh and the lusts that lead you astray. Remember, the sword of the Spirit is two-edged—one side is for Satan and the other side is for you. Let God use it to keep you in line!

Scripture Reading:
2 Corinthians 7

The Highest Law – Billy Graham

It is in the Bible that God makes His enduring promises. It is in the Bible that God reveals the plan of redemption for the human race.

It’s Your Choice to Rejoice in Trouble – Rick Warren

We know that we’re never alone, that God is always with us. We know that he will give us strength if we trust him.

Open Heavens: Watch Your Words at all Times II by Pastor E.A Adeboye

If your tongue is regularly used for dirty slangs, worldly music, abusive words and the like, the devil marks it as his.

Be Unreasonably Committed – Kenneth Copeland

Yes it is. But consider this: A music major in college practices for hours every day.

True Unity – Billy Graham

What is the great overwhelming evidence that we have passed from death unto life?

God Wants to Give You Wisdom – Rick Warren

The Bible tells us exactly what we should do when we don’t know what to do and we’re feeling the pressure to do the right thing.

Later Is Here! by Gloria Copeland

The mistakes we make will not stop God from working in our lives. Only our lack of faithfulness can do that.

A Global Best-Seller By Billy Graham

Its critics who claimed it to be filled with forgery, fiction, and unfulfilled promises are finding that the difficulties lie with themselves, and not the Bible.

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