Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Disciplined just like his own children

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Hebrews 12:7-8.

One of the reasons and benefits of why God uses hardship as a form of discipline is to train us on how to die to self. Truth be told, one cannot fully enjoy the walk of faith until such by the grace and through the discipline of God has learned how to master self, especially the flesh with its cravings and desires. As a result , it is only those who have died to self that are able to truly and consistently walk in the glory which God bestows upon those he proudly announces as his children before the world. I am not talking of those who announce themselves as children of God but whose walk and works points to another parentage.

Now before anyone accuses God of partiality in the way he goes about conducting this discipleship, the scripture spelt it out clearly for us, that everyone he calls his children, he subjects to the same process of discipline. As a result, everyone that we see the glory of God shining upon them and we are drawn to while praying to experience the same glory, such have been taken through the same training process. Pining therefore to share in the same glory without the willingness to submit to the same process of discipleship is an exercise in futility, such is akin to making wishes without the willingness to see it through.
Everyone that God calls a son he trains-that is the true meaning of the discipline implied here.

Mention any man or woman who did exploit for God, they all went through his discipline. Even Jesus the son, the scripture informed us that he learnt obedience through discipline in his human nature. He was subjected to human ridicule, abuse, punishment and temptation,all of these he submitted himself to in his human form.....God the Father proudly announced him as his beloved son,the one in whom he is well pleased.

But i know of a man of God who did not go through this hardship of training, you may quip. My answer even as the bible declares is-such is a bastard, it does not matter how many miracles, signs or wonders they performed while impersonating the name of God, the bible labelled such as bastards not me. And it is only a matter of time before their illegitimacy is exposed for all to see. Lord we worked miracles in your name they will say, but our Lord said he will tell them- 'get away from me you workers of iniquity'.

Instead of nursing the feelings and thoughts that we have been isolated for a harsh treatment, the scripture instructs us to rejoice knowing that we are on the same path as those we celebrate as heroes of our faith. We should celebrate knowing that since we are partakers of the same discipleship, we would also be partakers of the glory we celebrate in their lives.

We are implored therefore not to see this manner of training as something strange nor to take it lightly, rather we are told to submit ourselves to it, to welcome it and to endure it while living in anticipation of the glory to manifest when the course is over. God is faithful and just!