Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

The Pain in Discipleship: God’s Disciplining Hands – Part 2

…for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.  Proverbs 8:11-12

A.  Under God’s Disciplining Hands: A Necessary Work

             1.  A necessity because of what we are becoming:  Romans 8:29

             2.  A necessity to bear God-glorifying fruit in our lives:  John 15:1-8

             3.  A work that will be done in us:  Philippians 1:4

B.  Under God’s Disciplining Hands:  Attitudes to Avoid: Prov. 3:11, 2 Tim. 2:1-7

             1.  Do not neglect and take lightly the Lord’s training in our lives

             2.  Do not loathe the Lord’s correcting work in our lives:      Prov. 3:11


C.  Under God’s Disciplining Hands: His Heart Revealed:

a.  His holy unchanging love for us: Jer. 31:20, John 3:16, 1 John 4:7-10

                          –  It ensures His purpose in disciplining us will be fulfilled: Psalm 138:8

                          –  It ensures His Presence in the discipline will continue: Isaiah 43:1-7

b.  His constant pleasure in us: Prov. 3:11-12, Isaiah 62:3-5, Zeph. 3:17, Rev. 21:1-4