The Word – Chastisement.

Hey hey hey!

What’s popping people?
Hope your weekend was awesome?

I’m so sorry this post is just coming in. I am the Cofounder of an NGO called GEMGirl Initiative and we have a project tagged #FeedtheHomeless2016 coming up. So, I’ve been up and about since morning. Please, accept my humble apology!

I have a suggestion though, let’s start a campaign that weekends should become 3 days. Lol! It’s like this 2 days isn’t working for many of us.
What do you think?

Lol. Don’t mind me o.

Ok, let me share what’s on for today’s word.


 

I was feeling somehow before bed yesterday. It was an itch in my spirit. I knew I wasn’t doing something right, but I couldn’t place my hands on it!

I was led to open my ‘Open Heavens’ and the title I saw was catchy ‘Come back home!’ This only made me more confused.

What does God mean by ‘Come back home’? ‘Am I not home already?’

I woke today with that same discomfort. Sigh. I was again led to read Psalm 17. Again, I thought ‘God, someone’s confused here please!’

Many of the lessons in Proverbs 17 weren’t really catchy because they weren’t particularly related to things I’m currently experiencing.

Only for me to see a verse from Proverbs 17 in the devotional I used today. Then it dawned on me.

God wasn’t happy with the way I treated my parents.
Simple as ABC!

Isn’t it sad that we can be doing great in one aspect of our lives and be bad at the other without even knowing it. I didn’t know this too!

I realized that I only call my dad when I need something, but I didn’t count it as anything.
Then my mum! Since I got to Ghana, I call my mum basically EVERYDAY! But it’s not been like that this semester. I’ve not been regular with my calls because I’m blaming money, though I know how much my mum loves to hear from her Children!

I try not to call my mum until I’ve called other people, because it’s almost always sure my airtime will finish! We always have things to talk about.

Maybe, my less and less frequent calls have been hurting my mum without me knowing it and God dealt with me on it.
They might not always talk or show it, but our parents LOVE us and LOVE to hear random things we have to tell them.

When last did you call your parents? Hmm.

This experience brought me to today’s word – Chastisement.

How do you receive God’s discipline?

Do you become bitter, sulky and moody; instead of accepting, apologizing and incorporating what He is teaching you?

God never chastises from rejection, He does it from LOVE! Total love!

But we as humans don’t deal well with correction from other humans and we sometimes take that into our relationship with God.

Before, I’d ignore God for days because He corrected me on something! I took it as rejection and was always ashamed to go back to His presence.

It’s actually out of great love that He corrects us o. Let me share a verse just in case you think I’m lying!

Hebrews 12:5-6

“And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

If He didn’t love us, He’d just be watching us like film and leave us to do what we want!
He corrects us because we’re loved and cherished by Him.

So, in actual fact, God corrects us from love, not rejection.

Hebrew 12: 10-11

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.

 

Are you ignoring God because of something He chastised you about?

I think it’s wise to instead run to and not away from God.

Now, when He corrects me (like this morning), I straight up apologize and ask for help! I can’t do it on my own and I don’t know it all! None of us does.

If He doesn’t teach me, who will? (Dettol Advert y’all!)

Always remember, God corrects us FROM LOVE, not rejection!

This knowledge will help us always appreciate His chastisement and not feel like the black sheep all the time!

We’re not perfect and He knows.

Let us let Him work on us!

That’s the path to perfection.

 


 

I hope we’ve learned something today! Thanks a lot for coming to our family meeting today!

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Do have a lovely week ahead.

Love always,

Mobolaji.

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