Monday, August 15, 2016

The DISCIPLINE of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is not
only the Comforter but He is also the Taskmaster of those who follow
Jesus Christ, those who have been confirmed by Him as being serious
about following Him. I'm talking about those who have received the
Holy Spirit just like the disciples and the first followers of Jesus,
those who have the Holy Spirit indwelling them and who can pray in
tongues. If you cannot pray in tongues you have not received the Holy
Spirit, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit that indwells every true
follower of Jesus Christ; He will teach us and He will guide us and
He will discipline us. He will teach us obedience. Jesus Christ
Himself who showed us the way, learned obedience through what He
suffered. We read about Jesus in Hebrews chapter 5verse 7: "In
the days of His flesh He offered up both prayers and supplications
with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death and
He was heard because of his piety. Although He was a Son, He learned
obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made
perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal
If we follow Jesus Christ
we will have to learn obedience. We will have to submit ourselves to
the Taskmaster, the Holy Spirit, and He will discipline us. It is for
our own good; it is so that we can learn to submit ourselves to the
will of God and that we can bear fruit for His kingdom and thereby
bring glory and honor and unto Him. That is His purpose and if we do
not serve His purpose we are useless,worthless, we will get cut off
and burned,
Every child that He
accepts, He disciplines. If we are not disciplined then we are not
children of God. If we do not submit ourselves to Jesus and obey Him,
follow Him every day then we cannot be useful and fruitful for His
We read in the book of
Hebrews chapter 11 about the heroes of faith those who overcame. We
read in Hebrews chapter 12 about the discipline of God to whichthey
submitted themselves. I read from
Hebrews chapter 12 verse
1:"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses
surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin
which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race
that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and
perfecter of faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame and as sat down at the right hand the throne of
God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners
against Himself so that you do not grow weary and lose heart.”
Jesus Christ himself
suffered. He offered prayers to the Father, crying out loud. He was
in pain; He was in agony, but He endured. He was rejected and He was
persecuted, He was tortured and He was killed; but He endured the
suffering, endured the pain, and He overcame. He did the will of the
Father. Even so we must learn to submit ourselves in the same way and
do the will of God.
I read further, Hebrews
chapter 12 verse 4:" for you have not resisted to the point of
shedding blood in your striving against sin; and your forgotten the
exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "My son do not
regard lightly the discipline of the Lord nor faint when you are
approved by Him for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He
scourges every son whom he receives." It is for discipline that
you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there
whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without
discipline, of which we all have become partakers, then you are
illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly
fathers to discipline us and we respected them; shall we not much
rather be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they
disciplined us for a short time as seemed fit to them, but He
disciplines us for our good so that we may share in His holiness. All
discipline, for the moment, seems not to be joyful but sorrowful; yet
to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the
peaceful fruit of righteousness. Therefore, strengthen the hands that
are weak, and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for
your feet so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint
,but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all men and the
sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that
no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness
springing up causes trouble, and by it may be defiled; that there be
no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright
for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards; we desired to
inherit the blessing he was rejected, for he found no place for
repentance, though he sought for it with tears."
Jesus calls us unto utter
devotion to Him, righteousness and holiness and obedience to His
voice, to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And He will discipline us.
Every child that He accepts will be disciplined; we will suffer and
we will learn through what we suffer. If you have been baptized in
the Holy Spirit and you have truly become born-again, a child of God
you will be disciplined but it is up to you and me to either accept
that discipline, learn obedience and live, or to reject the
discipline of God and be rejected, be cut off and burned. If we are
not transformed into His likeness; if we are not righteous and holy
and utterly obedient to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, then
we are useless for the kingdom of God, we are not worthy of Him and
we will get cut off and burned.
I read from John chapter
15 verse 1, the words of Jesus:"I am The True Vine and My Father
is the vine
dresser. Every branch in
Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away, and every branch that
bears fruit, He prunes so that it may bear more fruit. You are
already clean because of the word which I've spoken to you. Abide in
me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it
abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am
the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he
bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone
does not abide in Me and I in him, he is thrown away as a branch and
dries up; and they gather them and cast them into the fire and they
are burned. If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask
whatever you wish and it will be done for you. "My Father is
glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My
disciples. "Just as a Father has loved Me, I have also loved
you; abide in My love. If you keep my Commandments you will abide in
my love; just as I have kept my Father's Commandments and abide in
His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in
you, and that your joy may be made full."
His plans with us are
good, but we have to remain in Him. We have to abide in Him, we have
to submit ourselves to His discipline. We have to allow the Holy
Spirit to have His way in us, submit to Him and allow Him to change
us, to transform us. We will suffer. Jesus Christ Himself learned
through what He suffered. I suffer. Every true child of God who
wants to follow Him suffers, because He has to teach us. It is not my
will, it is His will, it is not my ideas and my thoughts, it is His
Spirit who guides us into all truth, into His ways into His plans. It
is God's Way; is not my way, and unless I deny myself pick up my
cross and follow Jesus Christ everyday, His way, I will not enter His
kingdom. If we resist the discipline of the Holy Spirit we will get
cut off and burned. If we do not allow Him to prune us, to correct
us, so that we can share His holiness and that we can bear fruit for
His kingdom, we will get cut off and burned. We will be disciplined
by the Holy Spirit. It is an honor and it is a privilege of a child
of God to live under the discipline of the Taskmaster, the Holy
Spirit the Comforter that He sent to guide us into all truth. If we
grieve the Holy Spirit of God then we will get cut off and burned,
like so many, who have received the Holy Spirit but they chose to
disobey Him, to go their own way to follow their own mind, to run
after people, to be conformed to the world, to live in sin, to look
back to where they came from, and to desire the things of the world;
they were cut off and burned. If we do not subject ourselves to the
discipline of the Holy Spirit we will not bear fruit; we will not
enter the kingdom of God.
There is no easy way of
salvation. There is only one way and that is God's Way. Follow and
obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit, or you will not find the narrow
door; you will not enter into the kingdom of God. May we all learn to
accept discipline, obey the Holy Spirit and endure with Jesus Christ
until the very end
May Jesus bless you.

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