Open Heaven 29 October 2022 TOPIC: No Love Without Discipline
MEMORISE: “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” – Proverbs 13:24 (KJV)
READ: Proverbs 3:11-12 (KJV)
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 7-8
If you want God to love you, then He will discipline you. The more He loves you, the more He will discipline you. God loves children who bear fruits (win souls), very specially, so He said that any tree that bears fruit, He will prune:
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. – John 15:2
The purpose of pruning and discipline is to make you bear more fruits and become even greater in the realm of the Spirit.
If God disciplines you whenever you do something wrong, you should rejoice because it means that you are special to Him and He wouldn’t leave you to be destroyed. However, if you are doing something wrong and God is silent about your wrong-doing, you should run to Him and cry for mercy because it most likely means that He has left you for destruction. This often happens when He had warned a person severally but the person didn’t listen. We see an example of this in Hosea 4:17 which says:
Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
Romans 1:28 also says:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
If you stole but weren’t caught, fornicated but everything seems to be going on as normal, run to God for mercy because He has probably left you in the hands of the devil. Don’t continue in your sin because there was no repercussion or chastisement; cry to Him for mercy. Tell Him you are sorry and ready to forsake that sin. He saw what you did and the fact that He is acting as if He didn’t see it should send you on your knees begging for mercy if you don’t want to be destroyed.
If you sin and God is silent, you are already losing your place as His beloved child; cry to Him for mercy.
1 Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,
More of grace to know.
Oh, deeper yet, I pray,
And higher ev’ry day,
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In Thy precious, holy word.
2 Deeper, deeper! blessed Holy Spirit,
Take me deeper still,
Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,
And His perfect will.
3 Deeper, deeper! tho’ it cost hard trials,
Deeper let me go!
Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,
Let me fruitful grow.
4 Deeper, higher, ev’ry day in Jesus,
Till all conflict past,
Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image
Perfected at last.
Open Heavens 2022 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven for Today 2022
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