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December 30, 2016

The Discipline of the Lord

What a privilege it is to be a child of God! We get to be disciplined by Him! What? You say you don’t like discipline? Oh, rethink that! In the discipline process, He works sin and generational iniquities out of us. He refines us and sanctifies us, transforming us into the nature of Christ. We won’t all come out looking alike in some religious pattern. Rather, we will shine with His Presence and be able to fulfill the fullness of the call of God that He has planned specifically for us! What a great joy!

“In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children?” (Hebrews 12:4-5; MSG)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Invite God to discipline you, if need be!

  2. Be brave and tell Him that You need His discipline to be everything He created you to be. Ask Him to make you ready and to provide the grace to bring you through it.

  3. Our nation’s future is dependent on the Church, His beautiful Bride, maturing even further—becoming bold, living righteously, and having strength of character.

  4. Intercede on behalf of our nation that it would be disciplined as well. God loves America and has a wonderful plan for this nation, so He will be happy to comply.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I invite Your discipline into my life. I may not like it in the short-term, but in the long-run, I will love who I have become. I also want to see more of Who You are. My eyes are often opened as I see You in a new role in my life. Grace me Lord to not give up as You correct me. Deliver me and clean me up! I want to make You known and not have anywhere in me that the enemy can grab hold of and pull me down with. Do this for the United States, as well! May we fulfill our destiny in this hour and glorify You, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We embrace the discipline of the Lord, knowing that He disciplines whom He loves—both we and America.