DISCIPLESHIP REQUIRES DISCIPLINE

Heb. 12: 1-13
DISCIPLINE
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” [1]
“Therefore…. . In consideration of the previous list of faithful followers, who testify to the power of faith and to God’s faithfulness we are called to put aside all that would hinder our faith. Just as each participant in a competition contemplates the prize and perseveres to the end, we too should do the same as we contemplate “who” or what our prize will be. [2] “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus….consider Him” [3] since our faith had its beginning in Him and will be completed in Him and His example to us was to endure (persevere) the difficulties that led Him to the cross and His death upon the cross. [4] He received His reward by completing His task and now sits at the right hand of His Father in the heavenly sanctuary, we are to contemplate Him in His endurance of such opposition from sinful and evil men, and in so doing we will be strengthened in our perseverance. [5]
“In your struggle against sin…”[6] – do not forget the word of encouragement addressing us as “sons” – the writer quotes from Prov. 3:11-12.  God disciplines us as His beloved children, as does every loving human parent, and God’s discipline should not be taken lightly – it should encourage us.
“Endure hardship as discipline”. [7] God disciplines us through our difficulties and hardships as we serve Him, so in the same way that we submit to the discipline of our human father, we are to submit to our heavenly Father’s discipline.  God disciplines us for our good that we may share in His holiness….it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace…”[7]. God’s discipline prepares us for His holy presence, and produces in us the righteousness and peace that we need to honour Him in our lives of service
“Therefore….’Make level paths for your feet’” [8], God’s discipline in our lives produces the conduct that will help, rather than hinder those that are weaker in the faith [9].
Discipline is necessary in every area of our life, whether at home, at our places of business, and even in our leisure time; so it is necessary in God’s family, and as His children we should welcome His discipline. Discipline holds us accountable to God, ourselves and to others.
Scripture References: [1] Heb. 12:1; [2] Acts 20:24; 1Cor. 9:24-26; Gal. 5:7; 2 Tim. 4:7-8; [3] Heb. 12:2-3; [4] Phil. 3:13-14;  Heb. 2:10; [5] Isa.53:10-12; Phil. 2:8-9; Heb. 11:26; Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:17; 1Pet. 4:13; [6] Heb.12:4; [7] Heb. 12:10-11; [8] Heb. 12:12-13; [9] Prov.4:26-27; Rom. 14:13, 19-20; 1 Cor. 10:23-24.

14 thoughts on “DISCIPLESHIP REQUIRES DISCIPLINE

  1. What’s up, the whole thing is going perfectly here and of course every one is sharing information, that’s truly good, keep up writing.

    Like

  2. If you wish for to grow your experience just keep visiting this web site and be updated
    with the latest news posted here.

    Like

  3. Good day! This is my 1st comment here so I
    just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading
    through your blog posts. Many thanks!

    Like

  4. Definitely consider that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be at the web the simplest factor to bear in mind of.
    I say to you, I certainly get irked while people consider issues
    that they just do not understand about. You managed to hit the nail upon the
    top and defined out the whole thing without having side
    effect , other people can take a signal. Will likely be back to
    get more. Thank you

    Like

  5. This is very interesting. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post.
    Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!

    Like

  6. This is really interesting. I have joined your feed and look ahead to in search of extra of your fantastic post.
    Additionally, I have shared your site in my social networks

    Like

  7. I am now not positive the place you’re getting your information,
    however good topic. I must spend a while finding out more or working out more.
    Thanks for excellent information I used to
    be searching for this information for my mission.

    Like

  8. My partner and I stumbled over here by a different page and thought
    I might check things out. I like what I see so
    now i’m following you. Look forward to checking out your web page again.

    Like

  9. I’ve read some just right stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting.
    I surprise how much attempt you set to create this
    sort of fantastic informative site.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.