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Discussion in 'Biblical Advices' started by freedom07, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. Chastisement

    Most days I will read a Devo by Oswald Chambers and Charles Spurgeon and very rarely are they on the same topic, but for some reason today they are both pointing to the same lesson, "Chastisement".
    There is a good chance this was meant for me because He knows I can always use a reminder. (God has a subtle way of getting His point across), (Thank you LORD and Praise You). Or maybe someone was asking God for a sign or answer, well I just felt led to share this and may Abba Father caress your heart with love and peace. Amen!

    "Despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him." Hebrews 12:5

    It is very easy to quench the Spirit; we do it by despising the chastening of the Lord, by fainting when we are rebuked by Him. If we have only a shallow experience of sanctification, we mistake the shadow for the reality, and when the Spirit of God begins to check, we say - oh, that must be the devil.
    Never quench the Spirit, and do not despise Him when He says to you - "Don't be blind on this point any more; you are not where you thought you were. Up to the present I have not been able to reveal it to you, but I reveal it now." When the Lord chastens you like that, let Him have His way. Let Him relate you rightly to God.
    "Nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him." We get into sulks with God and say - "Oh, well, I can't help it; I did pray and things did not turn out right, and I am going to give it all up." Think what would happen if we talked like this in any other domain of life! Am I prepared to let God grip me by His power and do a work in me that is worthy of Himself? Sanctification is not my idea of what I want God to do for me; sanctification is God's idea of what He wants to do for me, and He has to get me into the attitude of mind and spirit where at any cost I will let Him sanctify me wholly.

    Oswald Chambers

    Child Chastisement Not Forever

    And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever. (1 Kings 11:39)

    In the family of grace there is discipline, and that discipline is severe enough to make it an evil and a bitter thing to sin. Solomon, turned aside by his foreign wives, had set up other gods and grievously provoked the God of his father; therefore, ten parts out of twelve of the kingdom were rent away and set up as a rival state. This was a sore affliction to the house of David, and it came upon that dynasty distinctly from the hand of God, as the result of unholy conduct. The Lord will chasten His best beloved servants if they cease from full obedience to His laws: perhaps at this very hour such chastening is upon us. Let us humbly cry, "O Lord, show me wherefore thou contendest with me." What a sweet saving clause is that—"but not for ever"! The punishment of sin is everlasting, but the fatherly chastisement of it in a child of God is but for a season. The sickness, the poverty, the depression of spirit, will pass away when they have had their intended effect. Remember, we are not under law but under grace, The rod may make us smart, but the sword shall not make us die. Our present grief is meant to bring us to repentance that we may not be destroyed with the wicked.
    C.H. Spurgeon
  2. Amen, Brother Tom, and thank you!!!

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