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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE (GOD MAKES YOU HOLY, PART 1)


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CHAPTER 8
PART 1
GOD MAKES YOU HOLY
THROUGH DISCIPLINE

“…WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH (DISCIPLINES)…” (HEBREW 12:6 KJV).

“…be ye holy, for I am holy…” (1 Peter 1:16 KJV).
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TAKE PART IN HIS HOLINESS
After God chooses you, draws you, loves you, changes your identity, speaks to you, becomes Lord; he will also make you holy. Like healthy earthy parents discipline their children, God disciplines you, lovingly, for your very good and to ensure you share in his holiness.  Therefore, God disciplines us so “…that we might be partakers of his holiness….” (Hebrews 12:10 KJV).
Holiness is the best part of the whole relationship with God and the surefire way to get know who his is at the core of his being.
IF GOD DOESN'T DISCIPLINE YOU; YOU ARE NOT HIS CHILD
This is a discipline of love but more distinctly a discipline of Holy love. “If you are not disciplined – and everyone undergoes discipline – then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all” (Hebrews 12:8 NIV).  
God loves his children deeply and he will always discipline them for their holy good (Hebrews 12:10). God’s discipline is not a punishment or some kind of a curse, but a correction. “….for whom the Lord loveth he CORRECTETH……” (Proverbs 3:12 KJV).
BECAUSE GOD DISCIPLINES ME
Everything God does or allows is for YOU and HE says “…all things work for good to them that love God…..  (Romans 8:28 KJV). How he disciplines varies from person to person, but it is always for the purpose of holiness (Hebrews 12:10). Most people don’t like the circumstances or situations God uses to discipline them and certainly don’t always agree that “...blessed is the man whom God disciplines…” (Job 5:17). 
DON'T DESPISE DISCIPLINE
Even though you are told NOT “…to despise the discipline of the [God]…. [You do]” (Job 5:17 NIV). God doesn’t want his children to be condemned along with the rest of the world and therefore will discipline them for their holy good (1 Corinthians 11:32).
The wonderful thing about being a “child of God” is that YOU are “…accepted in the beloved…” (Ephesians 1:6 KJV). What an awesome position to be God’s child and to be accepted by him as well. What makes you acceptable?  Jesus does.  
But you must “...put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ… (Romans 13:14 KJV).  If you read Ephesians 1:6 again it says you are accepted “IN” the beloved (which is Jesus) and not “OUT” of the beloved. Remember God spoke from heaven and said this about Jesus, “…this is my BELOVED Son, in whom I am well pleased…” Matthew 3:17 KJV).
You have become the object of God’s divine, endless, covenant, and unconditional love because you have been justified by faith and are now “… in the beloved…” Without Jesus you are nothing more than an unrepentant sinner and unaccepted by God. But “…in the beloved…” you are NOW accepted (Romans 13:14).
EPHESIANS 1:6
Without Jesus and his finished work on the cross, you would NOT be acceptable. The only thing that makes you acceptable is JESUS and nothing else.  Only IN Jesus, YOU are completely cleansed from sin and made righteousness. In addition, you are made holy and pleasing to God and therefore, have become “…accepted in the beloved…”
You are now the object of a holy, divine love because of Jesus.  Since Jesus was the perfect Son (child), God wants YOU to become conformed to his likeness (Romans 8:29). Therefore, God loves you so very much that discipline is important for becoming Christ-like and he encourages you to be zealous about repenting from wrong behavior (Revelations 3:19).
TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND
Repentance means you turn from your wicked ways or to change directions, or change your mind. It means all three, but the most important one and in order to do the other two is the change of mind. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2 KJV).
Most people frown at discipline and often don’t understand God’s ways of doing it. The main focus of God’s discipline is always holiness and his ultimate desire for you is to be holy as he, himself is holy (1 Peter 1:16).
Lessons through discipline are not easy, but God disciplines every single child without exception. God knows that discipline is a guaranteed road to holiness and obedience. You “…are being made free from sin…. Your fruit unto holiness…” (Romans 6:22 KJV).
He also knows that discipline includes some level of suffering. Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered also (Hebrews 5:8). It is not natural for you to be holy and God knows you need supernatural training in holiness.
HEBREWS 12:11
God’s way of discipline won’t seem pleasant during the process, but it is always for love and to produce your very best holy self. So, “now no chastening (discipline) for the present seemeth joyous, but  grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised (trained) thereby..” (Hebrews 12:11 KJV).  
Just like a caterpillar may go through a painful metamorphous yet yield the butterfly, so we too must experience a similar journey yielding the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28).
You are not a caterpillar, but I will use a caterpillar as a model only. When a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, it settles to a safe place, called a cocoon. Many times when we are going through a transformation period it involves some trial or tribulation we may have to settle into, like a cocoon, for a while.
A NEW CREATION
God allows his children to be put into a place similar to a cocoon while transformation occurs. This cocoon, for the child of God, always includes the additional safety of being “in” Christ. During transformation the caterpillar dies to his or her old self and changes into a butterfly. During God’s transformation periods you will also die to the old self and change, through the enablement of the Holy SpirIt, into the “new creation (2 Corinthians 2:17).
The caterpillar only goes through the transformation process once, but God’s children experience ongoing transformation processes. In order for the caterpillar to shed its old self, most of the old body must die through a process called histolysis.   Histolysis eradicates most of the caterpillar’s old self, leaving a “wee remnant,” and that “wee remnant” is used to build the new body.
2 CORINTHIANS 2:17
For the believer histolysis is called discipline for this book. Discipline intends to eradicate all of the old sinful nature, leaving the new inflated spirit; alive and ready to take charge. God uses the new inflated spirit to build the new creation.


EXCERPT FROM THE CHAPTER 
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