THEME FOR THE MONTH: His Divine Presence
TODAY’S TOPIC: His Caring Presence
KEY TEXT: Jer. 29:11-14
KEY VERSE: Jer. 29:11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
One of the reasons why devoted Christians greatly enjoy their walk with God is because they see God as Father. Many people only see God as a supreme being. Some funny other only see Him as a Judge. If you want to go far in your Christian walk with God, you must begin to see Him as a Father. Today, we are going to focus on the caring roles of a Dad (or rather, the caring roles of God as a Father). We will not be talking about Provision, Protection, or Guidance, since we already talked about that. These are also caring roles of a dad, although.
Enjoy the lesson!
1. HE DISCIPLINES
Okay, discipline sounds too harsh; maybe we should use “correct” instead. Now, most Christians do not like this part of God—the part that corrects. Any dad, who disciplines his child, loves that child. How do we know? Read Heb. 12:5-11, 2Sam. 7:14 and Rev. 3:19. Many people have died in their sins. However, God chose to correct you instead. Now, which would you prefer, to die or to be corrected?
What are the benefits of discipline you ask…?
- It is a proof that you are son of God. Carefully read Rom. 1:21-32. From that portion of scripture, you see that God has allowed some other to roam about in their sins. These ones are not sons, but bastards. God does not correct them, and so they are vulnerable to dirty sins and their consequences. Dear brethren, if God punishes you for sin, it is because he loves you and wants you to change.
- God also wants you to grow. This is one of the reasons why He corrects. Correction gives birth to maturity. Let us look into Heb. 12:10-11. Correction it is that makes you more sensible. Correction shines a man. Confirm this truth from Prov. 13:18; 29:15 & 17. Correction can leave a lasting impression on a child. In Scriptures, God corrected Jonah (Jonah 1:17; 2:1 & 10). He also corrected David (2Sam. 12:13-14), and many others.
Correction is a lot of the wise and matured!
Imagine you are a parent and have a child affected by the cancer virus on the right thigh. Your doctor tells you that the only solution is to get the leg amputated, or the child would die. What would you do?
1. Thank God for His word
2. Ask that God’s mercy be shown to you
3. Ask God to treat you as His child, correcting and growing you
4. Pray for all members of COD nationwide
5. Bless your week.
** Last week, Sunday 10th April was supposed to be our Social Sunday. This shall now hold on Sunday, 22nd May 2016. This is to enable further orientations and preparations for the event.
GOD BLESS YOU!!!