September 2015

The Blessing of Discipline

Hebrews 12 says, ‘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.’ The Israelites no doubt felt that God’s discipline following the golden calf incident was quite harsh, just as we do when facing discipline for our sin. But in His mercy, God always disciplines us for His greater glory, our greater good, and the greater proclamation of His grace through the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Speech is a wonderful gift from God, but the apostle Paul in various passages reminds believers that sin’s corrupting influence causes us to use God’s good gift to lie to, grumble against, and pass judgment on, one another. Yet in Christ, we are to put those things off. Instead when we talk to one another, our speech must be seasoned with salt, and we should speak to one another with Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. This is how citizens of God’s kingdom ought to speak to one another.

Growth through Repentance

The only thing more difficult than recognizing our own sin is having others point it out to us! Our natural reaction is to downplay it, deny it, and deflect the blame to others. Aaron did just that after creating the golden calf, but Moses shows us a better way forward. By recognizing the gravity of our sin, owning it, and taking responsibility for active repentance, we discover the path to forgiveness and growth through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Life-Saving Intercession

Do you believe that your prayers can actually save a person’s physical and spiritual life? Moses prayed and an entire nation was saved from death. He was heard because he served as God’s covenantal mediator. In the Lord Jesus Christ, we have a far greater Mediator who not only saves us from death but empowers us to continue His live-saving ministry of intercession.