Please keep Connecticut in your prayers right now, more than half our state is without power right now and tonight due to a major snow storm we received Saturday into Sunday. Most of CT received 17 inches or so, which left a lot of us without power since Sunday and it’s dangerously cold here. So please keep us all in your prayers!

Thank you,
Brother Jonathan
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As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.
Hebrews 12:7–8

When storms come into our lives, some of them can be considered correcting storms. After Jonah disobeyed God and tried to run the other way, a great storm arose, and God took hold of the reluctant prophet and put him back on course. That storm was the result of Jonah’s own disobedience to God and the call on his life.

Many times we bring storms on ourselves when we do the wrong things and then experience the repercussions. And sometimes God will allow us to reap what we have sown so that we ultimately will change our ways.

But when we go astray and then face God’s discipline, it is a reminder that we are His children. Hebrews 12:7–8 tells us, “As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.”

David wrote, “Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). The staff is that long, crooked instrument the shepherd used to pull a wayward sheep back into line. But the rod is a club. And sometimes the shepherd would use the rod to break a sheep’s legs, if necessary. That may seem drastic, but it is better to have a broken leg than to become a leg of lamb. If that sheep wandered away from the others, he was easy prey. So the shepherd protected that wayward sheep and the others that may have followed it.

I remember as a boy being a very adventureous lad that needed to get into everything. Find out how everything worked and one of my favorite questions was, “Why?” Oh, I drove people crazy with my need to know how things worked. I took apart my parents TV when I was maybe 5, and boy let me tell you… I was disiplined, I was spanked and sent to my room. Of course I was mad as a hornet… But, the disipline was only because my parents cared and loved me enough to know that something could’ve seriously happened to me and they corrected my behavior.

The same thing goes for us, here and now. When we mess up… The Lord has His way in, “correcting” our mistake and punishing us just enough for us to learn and grow from our wrongs. A father in todays world represent’s our guide, or teacher and a person to imitate here on earth to guide us to our Father, our Lord in Heaven. The father her should disipline and correct our actions to show us right from wrong. We as children should always obey our fathers here. We need to have faith that our father’s will provide, not just the necessities we need, but the spiritual needs we deserve.

It is by faith the Lord allows us to be who we are. It is by faith that we have what we need to do the Lords will. It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead. It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau. It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff. It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

Have faith in suffering. Have faith in your pain. Have faith in your joy. Have faith in our Lord that He has provided the answer to the question. Have faith and remember, it is only love.

 

Brother Jonathan 

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  1. garrymoore says:

    hi to all brotherjonathandevotion.wordpress.comers this is my first post and thought i would say hello to you all –
    thanks speak soon
    g moore

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