God Disciplines His Children
The Way of the Cross
“Whoever wants to be my Disciple,
Must Deny Themselves,
“Take up Their Cross and Follow Me.”
“For Whoever wants to Save
Their Life will Lose it,”
“Whoever Loses Their Life For
Me and for the Gospel will Save it.”
“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here Will Not Taste Death
before they see that the Kingdom of God has come with Power.”
Cf. Matthew 16:24-28, Mark 8:34-38, Mark 9:1, Luke 9:23-27
– Jesus Christ
Do Not Be Deceived
God Cannot be Mocked.
A Man Reaps what he Sows.
Whoever Sows to Please their Flesh,
From the Flesh will Reap
Whoever Sows to Please the Spirit,
From the Spirit will Reap,
Let us not become Tired of doing Good, We will Reap a
If We Do Not give up.
Therefore, as we have Opportunity,
Let Us Do Good To All People,
Especially to those who Belong to the Family of Believers.
Cf. Galatians 6:7-10
The Last Day’s
“Do Not Forget this one thing, Dear Friends:
With the Lord a Day is like a Thousand Years,
and a Thousand Years are like a Day.”
The Lord is Not Slow
in Keeping his Promise,
Instead He is Patient with You,
Not wanting Anyone to Perish,
But Everyone to come to Repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a Thief. The Heavens will Disappear with a Roar; the Elements will be Destroyed by Fire, and The Earth and Everything done in it will be laid bare.
Since Everything will be Destroyed in this way, What Kind of People ought you to be? You ought to live Holy and Godly lives as you look forward to the Day of God and Speed its coming.
Cf. 2 Peter 3:8-12
Sabbath-Rest & Eternal Life
See to it, Brothers and Sisters,
That None of you has a
That Turns Away from
The Living God.
Cf. Hebrews 3:12
Since the Promise of Entering God’s Rest still stands,
Be Careful that None of You be found to have Fallen Short of it.
For we also have had the Good News Proclaimed to us,
just as they did;
But The Message they heard was of
No Value to them,
They Did NOT Share The Faith of Those Who Obeyed.
Now we who have Believed Enter that Rest,
Just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest’.”
His Works have been Finished since the
Creation of the World.
For somewhere He has Spoken about the
“On the 7th day God rested from his works.”
And again in the passage above he says,
“They shall never enter my rest.”
Therefore Since it still Remains for Some to Enter that Rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did Not go in because of their Disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:
“Today, If You Hear His Voice,
Do Not Harden Your Hearts.”
Cf. Hebrews 4:1-7
Do not Refuse Him who Speaks.
They did NOT Escape when they refused Him on Earth, how much less will we, If we Turn away from Him who Warns us from
Cf. Hebrews 12:25
Struggling with Sin
In your Struggle against Sin,
You have not yet Resisted to the Point of
Shedding your Blood.
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s Discipline,
and Do Not Lose Heart when he Rebukes you,
because the Lord Disciplines The One He Loves,
And he Chastens Everyone He Accepts as his Son.”
Endure hardship as discipline;
God is Treating you as His Children.
God Disciplines Us For Our Good,
In Order That We May Share In His Holiness.
No Discipline seems Pleasant at the Time,
but Painful. Later on, however, it Produces
“Harvest of Righteousness”
and Peace for those who have been Trained by it.
Warning and Encouragement
Make Every Effort to Live in Peace with Everyone and to be Holy;
Without Holiness, No One will see the Lord.
Cf. Hebrews 12:4-14
Love Fulfills the Law
Let No Debt Remain Outstanding,
Except the continuing Debt to Love One Another,
for whoever Loves Others has Fulfilled the Law.
“You Shall not Commit Adultery,”
“You Shall Not Murder,”
“You Shall Not Steal,”
“You Shall Not Covet,”
and Whatever other Command there may be,
are Summed up in This One Command:
“Love your Neighbor
Love does no harm to a neighbor.
Therefore Love is the Fulfillment of the Law.
The Acts of the Flesh are Obvious:
Sexual Immorality, Impurity and Debauchery;
Idolatry and Witchcraft; Hatred, Discord, Jealousy, Fits of Rage, Selfish Ambition, Dissensions, Factions and Envy; Drunkenness, Orgies, and the Like.
I warn you, as I did before,
Those who live like this,
will not Inherit The
“Kingdom of God.”
The Fruit of the Spirit is;
“Against such Things
There is No Law.”
Those who belong to,
Have Crucified The Flesh with its Passions and Desires.
Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Let us not become Conceited,
Provoking and Envying Each Other.
Cf. Galatians 5:13-26
“He Committed No Sin,
No Deceit was Found in his Mouth.”
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
“He Himself Bore Our Sins”
In His Body On The Cross,
So that we might Die to Sins and
Live for Righteousness;
“By His Wounds you have been Healed.”
“You were like Sheep going Astray,”
but now you have returned to the,
“Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
Cf. 1 Peter 2:22-25
Do you Not Know that Your Bodies
are Temples of the Holy Spirit,
Whom You have Received from God?
You are not your own;
You were Bought at a Price.
Therefore Honor God with your Bodies.
Cf. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
The Great Race for Life
Do you not know, That in a
All the Runners Run,
But Only One gets the Prize?
Run in such a way as to get the Prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24