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Well, one extraordinary New Testament example is Ananias & Saphira, which isn't an example of what might happen to us, but is more of a monument to God's holiness & justice, similar to what happened to Lot's wife. Yet Paul alludes to punishment from God when he speaks of a good father being one who punishes his children as discipline. There are other examples in the New Testament but the Old Testament is replete & blunt. Every time God deals directly with someone's disobedience, particularly the various kings, he deals with them more harshly as they persist, but it can be seen that his purpose for them is their good, even to Pharaoh before Moses, of whom he spoke, "I raised you up for this very purpose," not to condemn him, but that God be glorified through him (whether through Pharaoh's rebellion or his repentance).
oct 8 2010
Thanks for your answer it was quite to the point and very encouraging...I'm glad I asked I didnt know that.
But how does God punish. Maybe an example?
These are good questions Mom, and I’ll do my best to answer briefly. This passage (“I will never leave you. . .”), as used in both the Old & New Testament contexts is dealing with our human fears. In other words, as God’s people, we should never fear men or poverty—if God is for us, who can be against us? See Deut 31:7, 8 and also Heb 13:5 (your reference). Let me just refer you also to 1 Cor 5:5 & Heb 6:6 for some examples of answers to your first question. I will just say, it is true, God will never completely forsake us, but he will give us over to our own rebellious ways if we set our hearts to that course, with the purpose in mind of our salvation.
What about the verse that says I will never leave you or forsake you.
And where does it talk about Punishment? Just asking!
Sept 30, 2010
This is a good reminder that "self" is sinful (by definition), and that is why we have to "die to self" daily. Thanks, Barth for the insight and for sharing what the Lord has impressed on you.
Sep 27, 2010
The pleasure is all mine Siobhan. I'm just happy to see yours & others' comments. Thanks for your time!
Great observation Barth! Thank you for daily messages
The Lord gave me that verse years ago and I often meditate on it... To be still, and know in your heart that he is God is such an encouragement in the busy-ness of daily life.Thanks for the dailys , Im encouraged!
Brother Lawrence? I'm not quite sure who you're referring to Bryan.
Sept 20, 2010 Impressions of Our Lord
Yes, we should make every breath a prayer to God. Conversely we can get busy doing things like, Bible time, song, preaching, listening to sermons, wedding vows, pronouncements of blessing and sharing The Gospel without being prayerful and end up being prayerless. This is probably more of the problem (for me anyway) - we need to pray more - both in praying and in all we do. Because in Him we live and move and have your being... have you read Brother Lawrence?
Keep up the good works
Blessings in Christ
Impressions for Our Lord
Very well written. God gives us opportunity each day to choose him. When we error or choose not him, his mercy is there for us. All we need to do is "repent" and turn from our own self-will and do his will.
Jesus, I trust in You !
I encourage you to continue in the way God has directed you.
Peace be with you.
This is very true! We tend to want want and want and never listen!!
We are truely made for his glory!!
have a blessed day
Listening---that's a great point Barth. If we first listen then we can ask or do. Thanks for sharing.
God's blessings in Christ Jesus to you and yours.
I agree that it is impotant to always hear from the lord by the holy spirit to guide us in all truth.
Wed, Sep 15, 2010
These Dailies are now open for discussion.