Discipline - its price and fruit - 2017 February (Date), Christian life (Topic)
The life of those who submit to God’s discipline, to those who lead them and discipline themselves will be a life of perfect blessing. Discipline demands a heavy price. But it has its fruits. Its results are not immediately seen. It takes time. What are they?
1. The fruit of discipline is holiness. Rom. 6:12É Heb. 12:10-11
2. Those who submit to discipline have a future, and a hope. Ps. 37:37É Jer. 28:11
3. God will compensate them with heavenly things for the earthly things they forgo for the sake of discipline. One of the compensations is His presence. Those who submit themselves to discipline will enjoy His presence immediately. Ps. 16:11É Exo. 33:11
4. They will enjoy the joy of the Holy Spirit. Rom 14:17
5. Discipline reduces their earthly resources. Sometimes, they can be denied also. Phil. 4:13. They can live with heavenly resources.
6. Those who submit themselves to discipline can meet the needs of those who are in crisis. This is called ministry. When there is lack, there is a need, they have the ability, capability and strength to dispense Christ. 2 Cor. 4:10-12É John 12:24
7. They will receive a glorious crown. It is being formed within us daily. Christ will be our glorious crown and we will be His. Phil. 3:7-11.
This is the way of resurrection, the way of the cross, and the way to perfection and satisfaction.
Upbuilding Church Life - 2017 February (Date), Church - Fellowship (Topic)
God’s people gathering together, and the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the building up of God’s people. But, there is a possibility that God’s people may not be built up in spite of coming together regularly and the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Just because we come together, just because there is the work of the Holy Spirit, just because there is the ministry of the Word, it does not automatically guarantee that we are built up.
What is the meaning of being built up? How much Christ is formed in us and how much Christ is ministered to others through us is the meaning and the measure of being built up. On the day of our Judgement, God is going to see only one thing in us. That is how much Christ has been formed in us, and constituted within us. That is the measuring standard. Church is an important means God uses to form His character in us.
In a community life, or Church life we are being built up. We have been called to live not in a cave or an island or a secluded cell, but as a community of believers. If there is no fellowship, if there is no interaction, if there is no sharing, and if there is no giving and receiving, even they meet regularly, there will be no building up.
Four things are very essential for the building up of the saints.
1. Meeting: We come together for learning. We need good examples to follow and learn from them. If we don’t meet regularly, we may not be able to see the good examples. At the end of every meeting, we should think of what we have learnt. We come together to encourage one another, to stir up one another, and to provoke one another to love and good work. We can accomplish the work of God only by working together. Nobody should think that he has no part in this work.
2. Leading: We must have very good leaders. One who has been anointed of the Holy Spirit, handled and broken by the Lord will not boast that they are the leaders. A good leader should have the character of the Lord Jesus Christ. He must be very watchful and continuously pray for the flock of God. Good leadership is always welcome. There is a lack of good leadership among Christians today. It is very rare, though I dare not say it is extinct. We must strive to lead and to be led.
3. Discipline: We fail in many things in many ways. In position, we are saints; but in condition, we are not saints. We are going through a process of sanctification. We must grow and mature in the holiness of God. If you are not corrected, admonished, and rebuked, you are not disciplined or educated or equipped.
4. Warning: There will be problems in the church. Our relationship will not be always sweet and proper. Certain things must be arrested, if they are spreading the disease. Otherwise we will fail in our duties. To avoid problems, people must be first tested. If problems arise, then people must be corrected.
Ennai Aainthen Nenjam Ariyum - என்னை ஆய்ந்தென் நெஞ்சம் அறியும்
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Psalm 139:23, 24 are the lyrics of this simple song of lifelong prayer.
Investigate my life, O God,
Find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
Get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong--
Then guide me on the road to eternal life.