Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Are you a child or an imposter??

Hebrews 12:7-11 NIV
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 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.

I have been memorizing verses about endurance and hardships, staying through to the end even in the tough times and God brought this one to my attention this morning. It was very powerful and I wanted to share it. Be encouraged because if you are going through hardships, it is discipline and God counts you as one of His children that He is working in for your benefit! There is always a silver lining in the storm cloud if we will let God show it to us!
Thank you Father for counting me as Your child and working in me for my best. Even when it is hard and hurts, help me to trust You and endure!