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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

The Chastening

Praise GOD for HIS chastening! For without it, we don’t have the strength to shake our old habits and begin to live for GOD.

Chastening is a word that isn’t used much in modern-day language. It simply means correcting. When a parent scolds their child for doing something wrong, we can say that they chastened their child. Has GOD ever chastened you? Have you ever been corrected by the LORD? It may not seem nor be pleasant at the time, but the bible says it causes us to do that which is right afterwards. It also purges, prunes, cleanses, and purifies. It confirms my sonship and GOD’s love for me and every other person HE chastises (Hebrews 12:11).

Hebrews 12, 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Be encouraged, family! Rejoice! Take your lumps and dry your eyes. We come out better if we learn; if we get the training it provides.

Praise GOD for HIS chastening! For without it, we don’t have the strength to shake our old habits and begin to live for GOD; we cannot be an example to others and help them find healing because we ourselves are still caught up in worldly ways that are far from the call of GOD on our lives (Hebrews 12:12-13).

In Greek, the word chastening as it is used here means discipline or training. This means that GOD is not just allowing us to go through a rough time because we have been hard-headed and this is our punishment. No. Absolutely not. This is training. We are being disciplined in what to do and what not to do. We are being trained and taught in the ways of GOD by the things the LORD is allowing us to experience. These things are our teachers, and we should look at them as such.

Proverbs 19, 18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. There will come a time when a child will not respond to a parent’s discipline because it has either been inconsistent, non-existent, or inappropriately administered. At that point, the child has strayed very far from the parent and it is extremely hard to influence them at that point.

The verse says to chasten while there is hope. Again, in Hebrew the word chasten means to correct or discipline; to instruct, train, or strengthen. There is a purpose behind the chastening. It is not for abuse, but for correction and training. The bible says to train up a child; teach them the right way while they are young and they will not stray from what they have been taught (Proverbs 22:6). It will have been instilled in them, and it will strengthen them as they continue on their journey with GOD, no matter how many bumps or setbacks are encountered along the way.

The same applies to us. Allow GOD to chasten while we are receptive to correction, before we have become callous and hard-hearted; quenching the Holy Spirit so that it is hard to hear, see, or feel what the LORD is doing in our lives. Our response should be, “Don’t let up, GOD! Don’t stop! Beat me till I get it, LORD!” This correction saves our lives, family. No, it isn’t pleasant, but at times necessary. Just as we would not allow our child to do wrong without correcting them because we care for them, GOD does us the same way. HE chastens because HE cares, and that is a blessing.

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

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