GOD DISCIPLINES BELIEVERS FOR HOLINESS

Most parents like to involve their children in activities that develop their character. Things like sports, music and AWANA clubs help kids learn to  persevere until a goal is reached. They present physical, mental and social hurdles that teach kids to “hang in there.” Parents know that there will be hard times, but in their love, they want the child to develop strength. God is the greatest Parent that exists. If you are His child, He is shaping your maturity because He loves you. Wise children of God don’t quit, but hold to the Father when training hurts.
calistoga sunriseEXAMPLES THAT HELP US ENDURE (1-3)

Lives that testify of God’s help (1)

Thinking about Jesus’ example gives strength (2-3)

GOD TRAINS US THROUGH HARD TIMES (4-8, Proverbs 3:11-12)

We have not suffered death (4)

We should expect God’s discipline (5-6)

HOLY CHILDREN IS OUR FATHER’S GOAL (9-10)

Compare earthly fathers with our Heavenly Father (9)

Earthly fathers discipline and are respected

Our Heavenly Father requires submission

Our Heavenly Father gives life

Goals of our Heavenly Father (10)

Our Heavenly Father disciplines for our good

Our Heavenly Father disciplines for holiness

TRAINED BELIEVERS DO RIGHT AND HAVE PEACE (11)

Now – discipline is sorrowful

After training – we do what is right

After training – we enjoy peace

STRENGTHEN YOUR WEAK AREAS TO MATURE (12-13)

Our will is to be set toward God’s goals (12-13)

Outcome of non-cooperation is greater problems (13)

Outcome of cooperation is greater strength (13)