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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Chastisement - God's

Bible Questions Answered:
“In Hebrews 12, Paul talks about God's chastisement, but I don't see why even the young have to be chastised with sickness...”
Corey/ Guelph, Ontario Canada

Bible Answer:

Bible Text:

Hebrews 12:1-13 NLT (God’s Discipline Proves His Love)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, The Champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in
the place of honor beside God’s throne.
3 Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
5 And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as His children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of The Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when He corrects you.
6 For The Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child.”

6 For whom The Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. (KJV)

7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
8 If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children at all.
9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of The Father of our spirits, and live forever?
10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in His holiness.
11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

Question: Are all Christian people sick? Remember vs. 8 God disciplines all His children.

Answer: No!
Well, then that is “not,” the way of God's discipline (for His children).

What are God's means of chastisement?
The Holy Spirit, convicts, may rebuke or reprove one of sin, these are God's means of discipline.

John 16:5-11 NLT (The Work of The Holy Spirit)
5 “But now I am going away to The One who sent Me, and not one of you is asking where I am going.
6 Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you.
7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t,
The Advocate (The Holy Spirit) won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send Him to you.
8 And when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.
9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in Me.
10 Righteousness is available because I go to The Father, and you will see Me no more.
11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

Revelation 3:19 KJV (Christ warned the church of Laodicea.)
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Does God send sickness as chastisement upon His children? No.

Psalm 3:8 KJV
Salvation belongeth unto The Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Proverbs 10:22 KJV
The blessing of The Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith The Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
For I know the plans I have for you,” says The Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Yet this not to say, that The Living God, can and may send whatever He wishes upon sinners who refuse to obey Him!

Deuteronomy 28:58-62 NLT
58 “If you refuse to obey all the words of instruction that are written in this Book, and if you do not fear the glorious and awesome name of The Lord your God,
59 then The Lord will overwhelm you and your children with indescribable plagues. These plagues will be intense and without relief, making you miserable and unbearably sick.
60 He will afflict you with all the diseases of Egypt that you feared so much, and you will have no relief.
61 The Lord will afflict you with every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction, until you are destroyed.
62 Though you become as numerous as the stars in the sky, few of you will be left because you would not listen to The Lord your God.

Psalm 107:17 KJV
Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

Now again, sickness on God's children, does not come from The Lord!

Matthew 10:1 KJV
And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
John 10:10 KJV
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have Life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Acts 10:38 KJV
"...God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with The Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.

1 John 3:8 KJV
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose The Son Of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

The Work Of The Devil:

Job 2:1-7 KJV
1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before The Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before The Lord.
2 And The Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered The Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
3 And The Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst Me against him, to destroy him without cause.
4 And Satan answered The Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
6 And The Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
7 So went Satan forth from the presence of The Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

Luke 9:37-43 KJV
37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met Him.
38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.
39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.
40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.
41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God...”
A child of The Lord, receives chastisement, through conviction of sin, or we may be rebuked or reproved, by The Holy Spirit.

Anything other than this, is the work of the devil and we know that....

I John 3:8 KJV
“...For this purpose The Son Of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

I John 4:4 KJV
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

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