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DISCIPLINE,     “WORTH CONSIDERING”   3/30/20   from   Ken Smith<><

“Today’s Scripture        (In my email this morning from a mega church in Texas.)
“…No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”  (Hebrews 12:11, NIV)

Don’t Feed the Negative
It can feel good to give into the temptation to watch something you shouldn’t, to gossip about a friend, to be lazy, to tell someone off. The flesh likes the easy way. The reason some people don’t grow is because they’re not disciplined to do the right thing when it’s hard. You have to be consistent. The flesh is not going to go away. The apostle Paul said, “I die daily.” Every day we have to say no to things. “No, I’m not going to watch that. I won’t be sarcastic. I’m not going to hang out with that friend. I’m not going to eat whatever I feel like.”

Remember that every time you give into that temptation, become impatient, or get offended, you’re feeding and growing the flesh. If you’ll start to not give in to the temptation, the temper, the bad attitude, you’re going to step into a new season of freedom, of growth, of favor.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are working in me and giving me the desire to obey You. Thank You that I have the power to overcome and be disciplined to do the right thing. I believe that the forces for me are greater than the forces against me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
We often spend useless and wasteful time thinking and talking about things we don’t like and can not change.  I hear Christians talk stink about stuff that only supports their own ego.  as though knowing and telling others about how much that they know somehow make them wise and more important in this world.   And often it can become an obsession that they don’t even remember. That the subject has already been thoroughly been aired and evaluated many many times.  In the Word of God we are clearly taught to allow the past to be forgotten if at all.  And most often that kind of conversation is full of anger, unbelief, fear, judgment with the negativity and causes the time of the conversation to drift totally into the flesh and destroys the potential for the Holy Spirit to use the time for the building of the Kingdom of God.   Also it is very difficult not to get drawn into the negativity.  And if you try to say something to try to reverse the conversation,  the person will usually be offended as you seeming not to be interested in going through their obsessions one more time.

The little Book of James come to mind about the stink coming out of our mouths.  He was aware that the tongue is the most difficult of our member to bring under the control of the Holy Spirit.   So you might want to read that little letter from time to time, really loaded with good stuff to help us become more like our Lord Jesus.  He was down here with the same limitations that we have except for the stuff we got from Adam like pride, rebellion and disobedience.   So Jesus set the example for us so that with his grace and power, we too could overcome as HE did.  Read Rom. 8 and Heb 11 to check it out.  GOD our Creator has so designed things so that we have the opportunity to learn how to have a freewill and yet through love to submit our free will back to HIM for a good clean up.  We have been given a wonderful opportunity through our freewill to learn to love God, ourselves and each other.  It is amazing to me that today most entertainment is destructive.  It majors in blowing up things or in viciously tearing people apart.  In fact it is amazing how many different ways we have invented to destroy each other.  Worse than the days of ROME.  And we tend to get into the dynamics of the story and go away thinking that was a great film.  Even the good guys seem almost as vicious as the bad guys in order to win.  Even back when I was a little kid I can still remember “Night on Bald Mountain” about the powers of the darkness.  “Fantasia”   I remember throwing coke bottles from my crib at what I thought were demons?  My mother use them for milk bottles as I could not break them.   

So seems we are going to need to adjust our obsession with darkness into becoming the Children of Light.  In the new Kingdom of God ‘s  righteousness (See Rev. 21) it is obviously going to require a total change in us from taking things apart into the joy of putting things together.  The world as it now is allowed to exist to give us a clear understanding of what things dissolve into the lies of the darkness.  So if we make the transition into HIS light there will be no temptation ever again to depart from that love, joy and light and the experience of HIS presence.  Having a free will makes us able to be honest in our love for HIM, ourselves and each other.  LOVE makes it absolutely necessary for freewill to exist as Love is a decision.  I have seen folks love a scabies covered crippled old stinky dog treating him like he was a new born baby.  Same with folks at Costco as I consider the matched pairs of people, looking from the outside.   How can that work????    Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder.   So God has turned us loose in a temporary time zone, like a little capsule in eternity.  In our time zone dimension we can easily and clearly see the fruit of evil and good.  And we can also make a decision as to which we like best.  So when the time of God’s creation of the new heavens and earth comes,  those who love the darkness will be consigned to live alone in darkness and those who love the light will be invited to live eternally in light. And Jesus is the Way, Truth and Light.  He is God’s pure example for us as a path to HIM.   Our life on earth is a time of testing for us to find out where we want to live in God’s Eternity of Righteousness.  We can enjoy a new heaven and a new earth that is totally clean or not.  No big sales pitch here, look around at the creation before we got here.  Love the big trees of Northern California.   Would a Creator want to turn us loose in HIS dimension without change !!! ??  Not a chance.  As a human race we are far from being even potty trained.  Romans chapter one through seven covers it nicely.  So think about it, Which direction are you headed as per the New Testament.  And we don’t get to draw our own road map.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><   www.Trinity-Aloha.org

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
Courage to change the things I can.
And wisdom to know the difference.

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