THE DISCIPLINE OF GOD

“He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.” Job 36:10KJV

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Blessed be the name of the Lord. He is worthy to be praised and adored. So we lift up holy hands in exaltation.

The Lord has not left His children; He is always mindful of us in all our daily lives. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, discipline is “a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders”.
Discipline is very crucial in Christianity. Many early believers who disciplined themselves with the Word of God were mightily used by God; the more disciplined you become, the more God can use you. The men who wrote the Bible through the power of the Holy Spirit were very disciplined. Discipline is one of the forgotten subjects in modern Christianity.

Enoch walked with God and was raptured for he was a man of discipline. Believers are disciples of Christ. You can’t be a disciple without being disciplined. Disciple and discipline are twins; the latter makes the former. To be a mature believer, you must discipline yourself daily with the Word of God. Discipline is the ingredient required to be a faithful disciple. The mark of a disciple is cross bearing; it takes discipline to bear the cross without complaining.

The verse says that God opens our ears to discipline and commands us to return from iniquity. Thus, He helps us to understand the reason we’re being corrected in order to refrain from sin and be obedient to His Words. The fruit of discipline is obedience and love. It’s discipline that causes us to love God and keep all His precepts. The reason why we’re not keeping God’s Words is because we aren’t disciplined. Let’s therefore keep our souls, spirits and bodies under the subjection of the Holy Spirit and His Words.
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PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please show me your Love by disciplining me through your Word.
AMEN

GRACIOUS REPORTS THROUGH FAITH

🗣MEMORY VERSE: _”And these all, having obtained a better report through faith, received not the promise:”_ (Hebrews 11:39)
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The Holy Bible tells us that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah who came out as the seed of Abraham, our father of faith. God promised Israel a Messiah even through a prophetic word from His servant Moses. This Messiah was to save Israel from all sorts of predicaments which confronted them as God’s chosen people.

This Messiah we are referring to, is our Lord Jesus Christ who was rejected and despised by his fellow Jews *because they anticipated a political Messiah who would stand for what they misconstrued to be lawful*. However, salvation became a “common food” for all who believe in Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. *It is by this that we have obtained salvation out of His “excellent ministry” and “better covenant”(Hebrews 11:39).*

Hebrews 11 is a very popular chapter which contains a lot of summarized ministries of some notable ministers and servants of God who lived their lives in faith. Though they had full assurance in the Messiah’s advent, they didn’t live to see the promise. Moses, David, Isaiah, and almost all the prophets spoke about His coming.

At this point, let us pause to brainstorm some of the men of faith such as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses for the sake of time. *By obeying the commandments of God, Christ was the life they lived; because they didn’t live to see the Word made flesh. However, they could not be made perfect under the law.* Their lives were still with flaws because Christ the Testator had not been sacrificed for the remission of the sins of all nations.

“NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). It comes from hearing the Word of God. All those who lived to please the LORD had good reports through faith as we are reading of them today. Christ Jesus has accomplished His mission and He is still with us in the form of His Spirit. *He has graced us so much that our reports through faith should be better than the great men in the Old Testament.*

*Graced to have the Spirit of God permanent with us until the end of the world, our lives must be loaded with faith which will build us into Christ.* The earlier people of God were striving under the law to be perfect and that was never going to be possible until Christ the Passover Lamb was sacrificed for our perfection. *Produce better reports through faith under the grace!*

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*PRAYER:* My life is an evidence of better report through faith in Christ. *AMEN*
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PRAY FOR GOD’S MINISTERS

“Brethren, pray for us”.
1 Thess. 5:25

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Glory and honor be unto the Lord for His great love and mercies upon our lives. We’re most grateful for everything he’s doing in our midst. May the blessings of the most high be the portion of all readers, doers, and sharers of this devotional. God bless you all.

The ministers of God are great vessels in the hands of God. It’s of outstanding Truth that to be a clay in the hands of God — the potter is a heavenly task. To be a golden vessel through which heaven and earth meet is a divine call. The attacks of Satan against the true ministers of God are very serious. He hates them with perfect hatred.

Apostle Paul knew this and was well vexed of the result of a fervent prayer of the righteous. He knew that it avails much. This great apostle did not think it beneath him to call unto the Thessalonian believers for their prayers. Ministers stand in need of their people’s prayers; and the more people pray for their ministers the more good ministers will have from God, and the more benefit people will receive by their ministry.

Even apostles, while acting under an extraordinary mission, and enjoying the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, felt the necessity of the prayers of the faithful. God
requires that his people should pray for his ministers. Pray for your pastor and the leaders of the church, fast for them. The Lord is calling all of us to pray now for them even as we journey through this year. The harvest of the faithful has come, God wants more harvesters, and He needs your prayers to call them into the field.
Brethren, the time has come to PRAY, yes, PRAY!
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PRAYER: We pray for all holiness ministers of God in these end times. Pour your strength upon them Oh Lord, so they’ll hate nothing but sin, do nothing but your work, and love nothing but you and their neighbors in Jesus name.
AMEN

OUR LEGITIMATE HELPER

🗣MEMORY VERSE: _”For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”_ (Isaiah 41:13)
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📮MESSAGE

Help comes from only one source. The truth of the matter is that, God is the only one who releases the needed help to us through Christ Jesus, His only begotten Son. *Divine help exposes the weaknesses of men and it absorbs their strengths.*This special assistance from God will come to a place where situations seem difficult to be handled by humankind.* Due to that, the help of God will come to us only when the battle is the Lord’s.

In our study of Exodus, the Holy Bible tells us about how God gave victory to Israel over the Amalekites in a battle. As long as the hand of Moses was lifted up and supported by Aaron and Hur, the Israelites prevailed in the battle. *Thus, the lifted hand of Moses was helped by Aaron and Hur until victory was recorded. Are we not more fortunate to be held by God instead of the arm of flesh which fails?* (Exodus 17:11-12)

Before God can help any one, the person must have in mind that the same right hand which He holds, will have to turn up God’s glory to Him for the victory won. (Philippians 1:21). The right hands symbolize the strength and power that we have: for God to hold our right hands is a way of suppressing our weaknesses and carnal might under His mighty power.

*God will definitely hold the hands of His righteous children because they are the battle axe in His hand (Jeremiah 51:20).* We are used as tools in the hands of God to defeat the unrighteousness of this world. This is why our Saviour Jesus Christ will always rescue us from perishing and calm all the storms in our lives. Fear nothing! *God will help us when we only keep our part of the deal by being usable in His hands.*

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*PRAYER:*Father in Heaven, make me your battle axe and let my help come from you alone, in Jesus name. *AMEN*
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THE RIGHT CONSCIENCE TO PURSUE

🗣MEMORY VERSE: _”And herein do I exercise myself, to have a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.”_ (Acts 24:16

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*”Conscience is the tendency to judge the morality of your own actions and feel guilty for the bad things that you have done.”* Active Conscience is an indication of life which places emphasis on how to pursue morality and keep us off from the path of sensitivity to sin. Due to the significant role played by good conscience in the life of a Christian, it will always be needful for us to practise regular self examination of our lives.

We act as Christians and live in the righteousness of God only if we have good and pure conscience to necessitate the good deeds in righteous living. God conscience will always promote morality on the part of an individual who fears the Lord and walks in His way void of offense. *When a moral life becomes prerequisite as far as doing the will of God is concerned, we will maintain every conscious effort to keep mental strictness because of good conscience.*

Good conscience must be a wealth to testify of what we have had in Christ, for our exhibition of genuine repentance. Apostle Paul lived to examine himself as a responsible Minister of God who didn’t want to be of guilty conscience toward any man nor God. This is the time for us to also ask our selves in personal evaluations, whether we have the right conscience to live for Christ. *In doing so, we can then choose to follow righteousness and discontinue with the things we do out of guilty conscience.*

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*PRAYER:* Dear Lord Jesus, let me live with good conscience for the sake of your service. *AMEN*
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