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  • Season of Discipline

    1 posts, 1 voices, 279 views, started May 22, 2009

    Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 by Denise Richardson

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      Season of Discipline

      Matt. 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What
      shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these
      things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have
      need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
      righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  

      With all the money messages and the prosperity sermons out there, you
      would almost be inclined to believe that no matter where you are in Christ,
      you should be financially rich! Many preachers sound as though they have
      been rich all their lives and you should be able to ask God for any
      amount of money you want and it will magically appear in your mailbox!! But it’s
      so peculiar to me how everyone of them had to go through a season of discipline
      before they ended up in their season of plenty! You see, God did not
      immediately give the children of Israel the promise land. He took them
      through 3 seasons. A season of not enough, a season of just enough, and a season
      of plenty. I believe that we as believers face these seasons today. Why?
      Because this is how God disciplines us. Now, you will rarely hear this on TV
      or in conferences where a man that has gotten rich off the people of God
      is making you feel less of a Christian if you don’t have enough money to
      to plant a huge seed! They call it a curse! But its probably not a curse, it may
      just be
      your season of testing. I don’t believe God will cause us to go totally without,
      but
      I do believe that God will take us through a season of testing just as he
      did his chosen people in the wilderness. Their every move had to be dictated
      by God because they had no direction. That is how God wants us that are
      chosen by him in the beginning. He totally blocks our sense of direction and
      sometimes cuts off our supply so we will depend totally upon him to work our
      own ability out of us. Just as a child depends upon his parents, so must we
      depend on God. Then, we move into another season of God giving us enough. We
      learned from the previous season, so now we can have more. And after that,
      once he has trusted us with what he has given, he moves us into our season
      of plenty!  

      But this kind of teaching messes with a lot of people’s perception of God.
      We are now being taught by many tele-evangelists that we should always have
      more than enough because God has more than enough. But i refuse to believe
      that God would spoil his children by sparing the rod of discipline. Why
      would he give us everything all the time? He cares too much about the big
      picture to bypass discipline and correction! I just refuse to preach a
      prosperity Gospel like that because Jesus didn’t preach that. Jesus said
      that if you seek the kingdom, things will be added! Now, in math, adding
      started out with a numeric figure and that figure got bigger and bigger
      right? Well, I believe that the more you walk with Christ, the more he adds to
      you.  

      Suggested Reading: Rom. 1:17, Deut. 4:1, Deut. 11:13, Deut. 13:18, Psa. 37:7,
      3John 1:2



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