Monday, July 19, 2010

Growing Trees for God - Pruning - Biblical Discipline

Luke 6:43 - 45
“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt Fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good Fruit”“For every Tree is Known by his own Fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.”“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

Proverbs 20:11
 “Even a Child is Known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.”

3.) To Grow a Tree (Child) that Lives for God you need to Provide Pruning, (Biblical Discipline)

* Pruning -to cut off or remove dead or living parts or branches of (a plant, for example) to improve shape or growth. (Dictionary .Com)
* Biblical Discipline is not something you do to child but for a child to help improve their character and teach them Godly principles. (Remove the Un-wanted)

Proverbs 29:15 
“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”
Proverbs 29:17 “Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.”
Proverbs 22:15
“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

Proverbs 23:13 - 14
“ Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Proverbs 13:24
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
     ** Biblical Discipline of a Child involves: 
A) The Word of God

2 Timothy 3:15 - 17
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

B) The Example of a Heavenly Father
Proverbs 3:11- 12
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

C) The Rod of Correction

* Rod - am instrument of punishment or correction, chastisement. (Webster 1828)
* Chasten - to correct by punishment, to punish, to inflict pain for the purpose of reclaiming the offender.  (Webster 1828)

* Chasten - to discipline, esp. by corporal punishment (Dictionary .Com)

Thoughts to Ponder
Just as a Tree needs to be Pruned to rid it of disease so must a parent must Discipline their child to rid them of unwanted sin and behaviors which do not glorify the Heavenly Father.

A Parent should never Discipline a Child for something that they are learning from the Parent themselves:
(Example: if you cuss why should you punish your child for this? They learn by example.)

The Way to Heaven - Are You Going?

Are you 100% sure that you will spend eternity in Heaven? You can Know for sure and here is how:

1. ) Acknowledge that you are a sinner.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23
2.) Realize the judgement for your sin is death, eternal separation from God.
"For the wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23a
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire ..." Revelation 20:15
3.) Accept God's payment for your sin.
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
4.) Ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you.
"That if thou shalt confess thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Romans 10:9 -10
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Romans 10:13

Friend, if you would like to be saved you can simply pray:

" Lord Jesus, I realize that I am a sinner and without you there is no other way to heaven. I therefore ask you to come into my heart and save me. Amen"

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