Discipline Not Abuse


It is impossible to reach your destiny in life without Godly correction and discipline. When you have the wrong perspective of God, discipline and correction are viewed as tools God uses to MAKE us yield and obey His will. Submission will always be by choice. God, who loves us unconditionally, uses discipline and correction to conform our hearts with purpose and responsibility. Discipline is not God using abuse or pouring out wrath upon those He loves, yet it is His way of confronting the evil in our hearts with a better way of life.

Discipline often comes as a still voice leading us to operate in love and the consequences we experience in life. Consequences are the results of our actions that give us space in time to reexamine our ways and bring about correction. Remember, God is not the source of the bad that happens in our lives! There are natural laws on the earth, that if broken produce effects here on earth. God uses those moments to help us get back on a path in which He knows will help us fulfill destiny.

People who have not dealt with their own issues in life abuse discipline and for this reason, there is a negative connotation associated with this word. Hebrews 12:7-11 TPT 7 Fully embrace God’s correction as part of your training, for he is doing what any loving father does for his children. For who has ever heard of a child who never had to be corrected? 8 We all should welcome God’s discipline as the validation of authentic sonship. For if we have never once endured his correction it only proves we are strangers and not sons. 9 And isn’t it true that we respect our earthly fathers even though they corrected and disciplined us? Then we should demonstrate an even greater respect for God, our spiritual Father, as we submit to his life-giving discipline. 10 Our parents corrected us for the short time of our childhood as it seemed good to them. But God corrects us throughout our lives for our own good, giving us an invitation to share His holiness. 11 Now all discipline seems to be painful at the time, yet later it will produce a transformation of character, bringing a harvest of righteousness and peace to those who yield to it.

There is a great task that God has destined for you to fulfill and you will not reach that destined place without God's loving discipline in your life.

Prayer for the Journey

Father thank you for loving me enough to correct the ways in my heart that will lead me down a path of destruction. Thank you for reminding me that the bad I experience as a result of poor decisions doesn't come from you. Jesus took the punishment for my sin but I realize my choices do have consequences. Thank you for using these consequences to give me space in time to shape my heart for fulfillment of your will. I need your correction to help me fulfill the plans you have destined for my life. Thank you for not giving up on but yet choosing to correct me.

In Jesus name, Amen!

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