Tag Archives: discipline

Our Happiness and God’s Concern

Our pursuit and esteem of happiness often rules our lives. God is way more concerned about our character development, humility, and surrender to him. Today we see that God’s concerns can take us through rapids before we hit the smooth … Continue reading

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Exile Reality Check

Certainty: we will face opposition and struggle and trial – often self-imposed – just like Judah, exiled to Babylon. If you are in trouble and struggle, first and foremost, follow the Lord. Restoration is under his control and will be … Continue reading

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The Blessing of the Good Figs

In order to find life the people of Judah and Jerusalem had to surrender to Babylon, the enemy. God promised to watch over them and eventually bring them back, giving them hearts to know him as they returned to follow … Continue reading

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Surrendering to the Enemy

Sometimes the priest doesn’t have the corner on the market of God’s voice. We see this with Pashhur, who proves that pride goes before a fall.  The lesson? If we cling to our sin and pride, we’ll find ourselves with … Continue reading

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Pride, Humility, and Living to Tell of God’s Goodness

King Hezekiah was tripped up by pride in his success and power: believed his own hype.  When we listen to our fans too much our heads swell.  Today we see that the purpose of God in getting our attention through … Continue reading

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Justice, Discipline, and a Heart for the Poor

Giving up my comfort and complacency to serve the poor and needy will demonstrate a heart for God which will favour and not discipline.  Today we look at Isaiah 10, in which Israel was caught on the wrong end of … Continue reading

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Reverent Trust in Treacherous Times

Where do you need to trust God in reverence today? We struggle with God’s ways at times and sometimes do not understand how the water of his will and hand flow across our land. We ask “Why do you tolerate … Continue reading

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