Living Water Daily Devotional 19-12-18
Wednesday 19th December 2018
Read: Hebrew 12:7-13
MEMORISE: Now no chastening seem to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (Hebrew 12:11).
In Africa, certain terms are used to depict people with respect to their situation and phenomenal births. Some of these names are irritating and least to be desirable! One of such is “bastard’’ which really means someone who is not a true son or daughter of the linage he or she claims to belong to. As a matter of fact, it becomes more devastating for both the father and the child in question to find out the truth of the child’s paternity afterwards. It can lead to loss of lives if care is not taken.
Spiritual bastard, however are not similar to the above scene. There are the rebels, reprobates who constantly refuse, jettison and reject the counsel, discipline and instructions of their Maker (Prov.1:15ff). They don’t want to be discipline. They hate the loving reproofs, rebuke and chastisement of the lord (Prov.12:1). If anyone hates the entreaties and injunctions of the lord, it is doubtful if such is really a child of God, the same God who disciplines whom He loves.
Discipleship is ineffective without discipline. All those who aspire to be disciples must totally embrace the discipline of the master. In the church, we discover that some have placed themselves above correction, discipline and instructions of the leaders. If this is condemnable in the world, how much more in the church? The leadership is not installed by the leaders, but by the lord. Therefore, all followers must subject to godly leadership (Rom.13:1ff).
You cannot afford to live without the instructions, rebukes, reproofs, counsels, corrections and disciplines of the lord if you are truly His son/daughter.
1. Oh Lord, may I never grow to be above your tutelage.
2. I refuse to be a spiritual bastard, in Jesus’ name.
3. Lord, punitively expose the unrepentant agents of the devil among ministers of the gospel.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Amos 9, Obadiah 1 & Jonah 1 -3