Motivating Monday! Missed you all! Hope Thanksgiving was delightful. Traditions set thick in my heart for Thanksgiving. We always drove six hours to my Grandma Blue’s home each year, eager to look at her baked pies. No one could touch till the next day- unless, my Uncle Kenny happened not to eat the small pie made of left over pie filling. Yeah, chances of this happening were slim….wonderful memories. Memories not so pleasant were times my father disciplined me.
One scripture I think atheisis would even agree- the first part of Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Are memories of being disciplined surfacing? Hopefully, proving the second part…Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Here seems to be our problem…Christians ignore the conviction of the Holy Spirit to avoid pain associated with discipline. If we forgo being disciplined- there will be no peace- no harvest of righteousness, and no share in God’s holiness, still resembling the world.
When Christians resemble the world, people become confused. Confusion betrays society and God’s church. Defining Religious Welfare- one may say there is no such thing. Jesus revealed and we would be wise to take note. I’ve spent the last few days with this term, finally asking God to help me further understand. Basically, it was presented to me- “Don’t I discipline those I love.” Grace has a large part in our lives, yet cannot be left without truth and transformation. Transformation comes through being disciplined.
Inner battles are The Holy Spirit trying to guide us into righteousness. Conviction leads us to make God- pleasing decisions aligned with His Word. Knowing what the Bible says is sin is not being legalistic. As Christians we face right/wrong, evil/good, truth/false…these are not blurred. The devil blinds eyes increasing societal confusion.
Let’s get this week moving! Be sensitive to The Holy Spirit, if a thought surfaces not do something- listen. If a thought stretches us a bit- be stretched. The Holy Spirit is trying to help in a larger picture yet revealed. A Walk with Christ, we’ll never regret.