Knowing that we are children of GOD, and that GOD disciplines HIS children.
Please consider that through Hebrews 12:5-8, GOD HIMSELF assures us, that there is truly a discipline and chastening for the sons of GOD who unwisely turn away from walking in HIS ways."
It reads like this: And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
"MY son, do not depise the chastening of The LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by HIM; For whom The LORD LOVES HE chastens,
And scourges every son whom HE recieves."
If you endure chastening, GOD deals with you as with sons; For what son is there whom a father does not chasten?"
But if you are without chastening, of which
all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons."
[With that said, consider that in the prophetic book of Joel, GOD says to us who once lived shameful lives:
“I AM in the midst of Israel,
MY people shall never be put to shame.”
[Yet, earlier in the chapter GOD promised to deal harshly with HIS people.
A plague of locusts would descend like a ravenous army on the nation.
"It’s hard to conceive the thought that The LORD would deal in such a harsh way against HIS Own people.
But Israel had given their affections to idols and other gods.
In fact, the second chapter of the book of Judges, records that GOD had dealt in this way with them before.
“Wherever they went out, The HAND Of The LORD was against them for calamity and evil.”
And speaking from personal experience, I have learned that if our heart wanders away from walking in the ways of The LORD, and
doing what we can to GLORIFY HIM; "we can count on GOD finding ways to bring us back to our calling."
If we become proud and self-assured, and even arrogant to the point that we have no desire to pray, nor to spread The GOSPEL Of HIS Son.
We will hear GOD say: "Why do you call ME, 'LORD, LORD, and do not do as I say?"
And HE will likely remind us of Ezekiel 3:18, where HE says to us who have been approved of because of our FAITH in the finished work of The Cross Of CHRIST: 'When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to SAVE his LIFE, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
[HE will require that blood, Beloved Brethren, at our hands, because HE is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance!"
So HE sends us to warn those who are dead in their trespasses and sins, that they might turn from their wicked way, and embrace CHRIST,
Who gave HIMSELF for them." As HE did, for each of us.
Yes, that we all might LOVE HIM, Who speaks these WORDS through John 15:13, saying: 'Greater LOVE has no one than this, than to lay down one's LIFE for HIS friends.
You are MY friends if you do whatever I command you.
[And through Romans 3:10, GOD assures us that the whole of humanity needs such a Friend, by saying: As it is written, There is none RIGHTEOUS, no, not one.
[So through Ezekiel 3:19 HE continues HIS exhortation, and encourages us to give our fellow man warning, by saying: Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your Soul.
[And isn't that, Beloved, "what should be our goal?"]
So to all who have strayed from their calling,
GOD says: “Rend your heart, and not your garments; return to The LORD your GOD, for HE is GRACIOUS and MERCIFUL, slow to ANGER, and of Great KINDNESS.”
[Let us not wait for GOD to speak to us harshly. Return to HIM today, and seek to bring HIM GLORY, in a great way!"
Preach The POWERFUL GOSPEL of CHRIST.]
For there is POWER in The GOSPEL unto SALVATION for everyone who Believes."
[Let us begin by bending our knees to pray, and let us not forget that GOD has entrusted us with The GOSPEL to speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD Who is tests our heart.
[The LORD is not far away from those of us who fear HIM." HE might be calling for us today!"
But to those who have no fear, but choose to harden their hearts against The WORD of The LIVING GOD - JESUS CHRIST. They will likely hear these WORDS from Mathew 25:26 spoken to them: 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
[We, Beloved, are the one's who have been approved of by GOD, and we've been entrusted to scatter seeds of RIGHTEOUSNESS."
And because we are; through Daniel 12:3, The LORD encourages us by saying: Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to RIGHTEOUSNESS,
Like the stars forever and ever.
[And that's how I want to see each of you, Beloved Brethren!"
"Shinning like the stars, forever!"
So GOD Bless you, Beloved Brethren," and the seeds that you sow for The GLORY Of