When the light comes...

Sometimes the most uncomfortable subject to tackle is not tithing or whatever we think is difficult but self correction. Or worst at that being corrected by the Lord. Let's turn to Hebrews 12 and look about this matter of dicipline and hopeful come out smiling as what God wants to tell us. ["... 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." 7It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears...] Sometime the dicipline of the Lord can be severe and we can even question ourselves and even him God. But just as the exhortation goes this is just to remind us that God want to mold us because he loves us and want to have the best for us. We turn to another chapter, perhaps hidden, so let's see and turn to Isaiah 18 where it says something perhaps hazy, but let's take our chances and see. ["... 3All you inhabitants of the world, you who dwell on the earth, when(F) a signal is raised on the mountains, look! When a trumpet is blown, hear! 4For thus the LORD said to me:"I will quietly look(G) from my dwelling like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest." 5(H) For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he cuts off the shoots with pruning hooks, and the spreading branches he lops off and clears away. 6(I) They shall all of them be left to the birds of prey of the mountains and to the beasts of the earth. And the birds of prey will summer on them, and all the beasts of the earth will winter on them...] The Lord tells us that just before the harvest of his coming he will prune away the place of us which are unproductive and mold us into the best producing vines, he says, ["...5(H) For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he cuts off the shoots with pruning hooks, and the spreading branches he lops off and clears away...] We don't want to be loped off and cleared away but reserved for his harvest, his coming. And certainly John the Baptist as type of prophet as the coming 'Elijah' prophesied that it was he that would make the mountain level and the hills plain and the road level, before the great coming of the Lord. So yet the Lord does prune us to be the best producing vines yet and that he does, because he loves us. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg

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