Daily Light – Mar 30, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
Taking from…The Search For Significance, by Robert McGee
 
Here we go….friends, read this…several times…soak it in…let it give you strength and nourishment…
 
GOD’S ANSWER:  RECONCILIATION  (God’s Solution to the Fear of Rejection)
 
God’s solution to the fear of rejection is based on Christ’s sacrificial payment for our sins.  Through this payment, we find forgiveness, reconciliation, and total acceptance through Christ.  Reconciliation means that those who were enemies have become friends.  Paul described our transformation from enmity to friendship with God:
 
And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in HIs fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.  (Colossians 1:21-22)
 
God doesn’t base His love and acceptance of us on our performance.  If any sin is so filthy and vile that it makes us less acceptable to Him, then the cross is insufficient.  If the cross isn’t sufficient for all sin, then the Bible is in error when it says that He forgave all your sins (Colossians 2:13-15).  God took our sins and canceled them by nailing them to Christ’s cross.  In this way, God also took away Satan’s power to condemn us for sin.  So you see, nothing you will ever do can nullify your reconciliation and make you unacceptable to God.
 
Our unconditional acceptance in Christ is a profound, life-changing truth.  Salvation is not simply a ticket to heaven.  It is the beginning of a dynamic new relationship with God.  Justification is the doctrine that explains the judicial facts of our forgiveness and righteousness in Christ.  Reconciliationexplains the relational aspect of our salvation.  The moment we receive Christ by faith, we enter into a personal relationship with Him.  We are united with God in an eternal and inseparable bond (Romans 8:38-39).  We are bound in an indissoluble union with Him, as fellow heirs with Christ.  The Holy Spirit has sealed us in that relationship, and we are absolutely secure in Christ.
 
Ephesians 1:13-14 states:  Having also believe, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
 
We cannot earn God’s acceptance by our own merit.  We are unconditionally accepted in Christ.  We are no longer unacceptable.  The point of the cross is that through Christ’s death and resurrection, we have become acceptable to God. This did not occur because God decided He could overlook our sin.  It occurred because Christ forgave all of our sins ‘so that’ He could present us to the Father, holy, blameless, and beyond reproach. 
 
There is no greater theme in Scripture than the reconciliation of man to God.  (Con’t next week 😊)
 
Great and Glorious Father…Wonderful Jesus our Savior…..thank you, thank you, that you made us acceptable to your for eternity based on what Jesus did for us in his sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection.  We praise and thank you in a n extra special way in this seasonal celebration of Easter.   Christ has risen!!!!…we are forgiven and accepted by God.   Amen
 
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Daily Light – Mar 29, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Taking from….The Search For Significance…by Robert McGee
 
Dealing With Rejection
 
Fear of Rejection Symptoms.     9 symptoms that may indicate that ‘rejection’ has triggered certain problems in our lives:  Today…#’s 7-9
 
#7 – Repeating of Negative Messages
 
One of the most interesting facets of our behavior is that we often repeat the messages that hurt the most.  We do this even after the person who delivered the message the first time is no longer there – perhaps even dead.  We continue to repeat to ourselves the most hurtful messages we have heard.  How much of the pain you experience is related to your repeating these hurtful, negative messages?
 
#8 – Hypersensitivity to the Opinions of Others
 
Are you always vigilant concerning what others might think of you?  Do you find yourself trying to anticipate their thoughts?  Do you worry about what even absolute strangers might be thinking of you?  How much time do you spend thinking about what other people might be thinking about you? 
 
Many times people actually project their own negative feelings about themselves on others around them.  In this way, wherever they go, they feel rejected by others.  They find people who reject them in the same place that others find people who are very accepting of everyone. 
 
#9 – Hyposensitivity
 
Some people are so fearful of their own emotions that they do not allow themselves to be sensitive to others or to themselves.  They simply approach life as though they were an actor in a play.  An actor simply fulfills a role.  The actor may appear to be responding to the situation.  But on closer inspection, one finds that he or she is just delivering rehearsed lines and going through preordained activities.  Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves in such a situation. 
 
We experience the fear of rejection and its accompanying problems because we believe Satan’s lie:  Self-Worth = Performance + Others’ Opinions.
 
We crave love, fellowship, and intimacy, and we turn to others to meet those needs.  The problem with basing our worth on the approval of others is that God is the only One who loves and appreciates us unconditionally.  He has provide a solution to the fear of rejection.


(Tomorrow…. we move to God’s Answer:  Reconciliation 😊)
 
Dear Father… I pray that all of us…in our imperfection…will begin today…to make sure we are loving people well….accepting them as Your creation.   I am not saying or praying that we should accept bad behavior and mean stuff.  No.  I am saying that within what we ourselves have ability to control…that we seek to show the love of Jesus and acceptance to those around us.   And Father I pray for healing and mending of all of the bumps and bruises to our emotional self that we have picked-up through our journey in life…I pray for you to apply your healing balm of unconditional love to those cracks and gouges in our heart and soul where pain and hurt have left their mark.   I ask this in Jesus name.  Amen

 
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Daily Light – Mar 28, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
Taking from….The Search For Significance…by Robert McGee
 
Dealing With Rejection
 
Fear of Rejection Symptoms.  The next 3 days we will identify 9 symptoms that may indicate that ‘rejection’ has triggered certain problems in our lives:  Today…#’s 4-6
 
#4 – Avoidance of People
 
One of the most common ways people react to their fear of rejection is to avoid others, thereby avoiding the risk of rejection.  Some people avoid others overtly, spending most of their time alone, but most people try to avoid the risk of rejection by having superficial relationships.  They may interact with others, and they may be considered socially adept because they know how to make friends easily; but their friends never really know them because they hide behind a wall of words, smiles, and activities.  These people are usually quite lonely in the midst of all their so-called friends.
 
#5 – Control
 
In an effort to avoid being hurt, some people constantly try to maintain control of others and dominate the situations they face.  They have become skilled in exercising control by dispensing approval or disapproval, unwilling to let others be themselves and make their own decisions without their consent.  Because such people are actually very insecure, lack of control is an unacceptable threat to them.
 
#6 – Depression
 
Depression is the result of a deep sense of loss or repressed, pent-up anger.  When anger is not handled properly, the body and mind respond to its intense pressure, and the emotions and sense of purpose become dulled. 
 
(Tomorrow continues with #’s 7-9..then we move to God’s Answer:  Reconciliation 😊)
 
 
Friends:   So….by the end of this week we will have our hearts prepared to more fully understand God’s marvelous provision of ‘Reconciliation’.  Ohhh…so excited about us seeing and tasting of more of what our wonderful and loving heavenly Father has given us in Christ.
 
Father…help us to reach out today and find one person to encourage…to find one person to show Your love and kindness.  We pray to do this for Your glory.  Amen
 


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Daily Light – Mar 27, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

Taking from….The Search For Significance…by Robert McGee
 
Dealing With Rejection
 
Fear of Rejection Symptoms.  The next 3 days we will identify 9 symptoms that may indicate that ‘rejection’ has triggered certain problems in our lives:
 
#1  Anger, Resentment, Hostility
 
Anger is usually our most common response to rejection.  Some of us are not honest about our anger.  We may deny its existence, suppress it, and assumed that it will go away.  We may vent our anger in destructive explosions of wrath.  Or we may use sarcasm or neglect to express anger in a subtler way.  If we don’t resolve our anger through honesty and forgiveness, we can become deeply hostile and resentful.  One motive for retaining anger is the desire for revenge. 
 
How many of the people with who you are angry or by whom you have been hurt hold an opinion of you that is less than you would hope they would?  Why do we hold the opinions of others in such high regard that we allow their opinion of us to influence how we feel about ourselves?  Why do we spend so much time thinking about those who do not hold us in high regard?
 
Because we value the opinions of others so much, when they do not think of us as they should, it hurts.  And because it hurts, we get angry, become resentful, and may even become bitter.
 
#2  Being Easily Manipulated
 
Those who believe that their self-worth is based on the approval of others are likely to do virtually anything to please people.  They truly believe that they will be well liked if they agree to every request of those who are, consciously or not, manipulating them.  Many of these people despise those who are being manipulative and resent what they feel they have to do to earn their approval.
 
#3  Codependency
 
In families affected by dependency on alcohol, drugs, work, or any other compulsion, family members often develop behavioral patterns to rescue the dependent person from consequences of his or her behavior.  This compulsive rescuing, called codependence, allows the dependent person to continue acting destructively and keeps him or her in need of being habitually rescued so that the pattern continues.  
 
(#’s 4-6 con’t tomorrow)
 
Friends…. whether in what we see in ourselves or in others…what is most important is to ‘recognize’ the reality of such…and then to realize that the ‘source’ of any and all things that cause pain and hurt and anguish originates from satan’s heart and mind.   Satan gained access into the operating system of human flesh at the ‘Fall’ of man.   Satan works through our flesh to always keep us from awareness of God and a relationship with God…and he seeks to keep us blind to our ultimate understanding of our God designed significance.   Thus…we need to recognize the source…and then look at God’s design for us to reboot and recover the original manufacturer’s software…which is the program for love, kindness, peace, joy, and all things good.   I am not suggesting this is an easy process.   But it is a winnable process through the power of God’s Spirit that works inside us.  
 
Father…I pray as we continue our journey into seeing ourselves as you see us…finding that ultimate self significance….I pray that you will help us realize that we cannot change without Your help.  I pray that we will, more each day, see ourselves as you see us and truly find our ultimate significance in YOU.   Amen 
 
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Daily Light – Mar 26, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

Continuing… The Search For Significance…by Robert McGee

Chapter 3 – The Approval Addict – Dealing With Rejection

The world we live in is filled with people who ask or demand that we please them in exchange for their approval and acceptance.  Such demands often lead us directly to a second false belief:  I must be approved by certain others to feel good about myself.  Living according to this false belief causes us to fear rejection, conforming virtually all of our attitudes and actions to the expectations of others.

Effects Of The Fear Of Rejection

Virtually all of us fear rejection.  We can fall prey to it even when we’ve learned to harden our defenses in anticipation of someone’s disapproval.  Neither being defensive nor trying to please another person’s every whim is the answer to this problem.  These are only coping mechanisms that prevent us from dealing with the root of our fear.  Rejection is a type of communication.  It conveys a message that someone else is unsatisfactory to us, that he or she doesn’t measure up to a standard we’ve created or adopted.  Sometimes rejection is willfully used as an act of manipulation designed to control someone else.  Usually, rejection is manifested by an outburst of anger, a disgusted look, an impatient answer, or a social snub.  Whatever the form of behavior, it communicates disrespect, low value, and lack of appreciation.  Nothing hurts quite like the message of rejection.

If this is true, why do we reject others so frequently?  Again, rejection can be a very effective, though destructive, motivation.  Without lifting a finger, we can send the message that our targeted individual doesn’t meet our standards.  We can harness this person’s instinctive desire for acceptance until we have changed and adapted his or her behavior to suit our tastes and purposes.  This is how rejection enables us to control the actions of another human being.

Many misguided preachers have used rejection and guilt as a forceful means of motivation.  They expound on our weaknesses, our failures, our unworthiness, and our inability to measure up to Christ’s high standards.  Not only is our performance declared unworthy, but we are left feeling denounced, devalued, and devastated.  As a result, thousands who have been broken by this rejection have left the church without understanding Christ’s accepting, unconditional love, a love that never uses condemnation to correct behavior.

As we grow in our relationship with God, the Holy Spirit will continue teaching us how to apply this liberating truth to different aspects of our lives at an increasingly deeper level.  In fact, one evidence of His work within us is the ability to see new areas of our lives in which we are allowing the opinions of others to determine our sense of worth.  With spiritual maturity we will more often be able to identify these areas and choose to find our significance in God’s unconditional love for us and complete acceptance of us.  However, profound changes in our value system take honesty, objectivity, and prolonged, persistent, application of God’s Word.

Before we examine God’s solution to our fear of failure, we must first identify and understand how this fear is manifested in our lives.  Similar to the fear of failure, the fear of rejection can affect us in many ways.  (Con’t tomorrow 😊)

Galatians 1:10… Paul drew the line for us when he said    For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?  Or am I striving to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”

Dear Father…I thank you that you created us with the desire to be accepted.   I know that it is the nature of evil and sin to corrupt all things wonderful and beautiful in what and how you designed them to work ‘so that’ such manipulation keeps us from realizing our value and significance to/in YOU.   I pray that this week all of us will grow in our ability to see Your unconditional acceptance and love for us.  Amen

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Daily Light – Mar 23, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

This is from earlier in the week from my friend and pastor David from his daily quiet time and study.   He uses and teaches the S.O.A.P. method of spending time with the Lord through the word.  Study, Observe, Apply, Pray.  This particular S.O.A.P. spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you. 

3-21-18  1Thes 1:2-3             Faith, Hope and Love
 
 
1Th. 1:2  “We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
 
Paul recognized in them the qualities of maturity – faith, hope and love. He also describes these in 1Cor 13 and Col 1. They were important and discernable. He saw good works in their church, but it wasn’t the works alone that impressed him, it was that theycame from faith – confidence that Jesus was God and coming again and it was all worth it. They labored – hard work- not out of duty, or for human praise, but because of the love of God in their hearts. Love for Him and for one another. They were being transformed to a truly loving group of people. People who had been selfish, were loving others.
And they had a steadfastness that came from hope – the confidence that Jesus was coming back. The word “endurance” or steadfastness literally means to “remain under the load” – a picture of a donkey with a heavy load in his back, but that does not roll over to get rid of it, but who trusts the master will remove it at the right time. There will be many circumstances that produce anxiety, impatience and frustration in us, but if we have confidence in His return for us, we can endure with calmness and serenity. We can, and must maintain confidence in a great God or we will focus on the circumstances around us and become discouraged.
 
Lord, I pray for those same qualities in me that Paul saw in the Thessalonians – faith, hope and love. Help me work hard, because of faith in You and because Your love has deeply touched me. Help me look forward to your return so that I have the endurance to never give up. I pray for unmistakable evidence of Your life in me, that shows I am maturing in Christ!  Amen
 
(Red highlight is provided by me to make it my deepest prayer as well)
(Next week we will continue in ‘The Search For Significance…have a blessed weekend).
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Daily Light – Mar 22, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

Con’t…taken from… The Search For Significance, by R. McGee
Continuing with …..Justification is God’s solution to the false idea of “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself and find significance.”
Reasons For Obedience  (Six Reasons To Obey…today, reason #6)
The love of God and His acceptance of us are based on grace, His unmerited favor.  They are not based on our ability to impress God through our good deeds.  But if we are accepted on the basis of His grace and not our deeds, why should we obey God?  Here are six compelling reasons: 
 
Reason # 6:   Christ Is Worthy
 
Our noblest motivation for serving Christ is simply that He is worthy of our love and obedience.  The apostle John recorded his vision of the Lord and his response to His glory:
 
Revelation 4:1-4, 9-11… John wrote…  After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”  Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.  And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and three was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.  And around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. . . . And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.”
 
Christ is worthy of our affection and obedience.  There is no other person, no goal, no fame or status, and no material possession that can compare with Him.  The more we understand His love and majesty, the more we will praise Him and desire that He be honored at the expense of everything else.  Our hearts will reflect the psalmist’s perspective:  “Whom have I in heaven but Thee?  And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth. . . . But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works” (Psalm 73:25, 28). 
 
Obeying Christ for the six reasons we studied this week ‘is not’ a self-improvement program.  The Holy Spirit gives us encouragement, wisdom, and strength as we grown in our desire to honor the Lord.  
 
Dear Father…I pray that You will increase our desire to honor You.   I pray that we will make honoring You our #1 life goal.   Help us to realize that in order to honor You, we MUST spend time with You in prayer and in Your Word.   Amen

Daily Light – Mar 21, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
Con’t…taken from… The Search For Significance, by R. McGee
Continuing with …..Justification is God’s solution to the false idea of “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself and find significance.”
Reasons For Obedience  (Six Reasons To Obey…today, reasons #4 and #5)
The love of God and His acceptance of us are based on grace, His unmerited favor.  They are not based on our ability to impress God through our good deeds.  But if we are accepted on the basis of His grace and not our deeds, why should we obey God?  Here are six compelling reason
Reason #4 and #5:  His Commands For Us Are Good
God’s commands are given for two good purposes:  to protect us from the destructiveness of sin and to direct us into a life of joy and fruitfulness.  We have a wrong perspective if we only view God’s commands as restrictions in our lives.  Instead, we must realize that His commands are guidelines, given so that we might enjoy life to the fullest.  Obedience to God’s commands should never be considered as a means to gain His approval. 
In today’s society, we have lost the concept of doing something because it is the right thing to do.  Instead, we do things in exchange for some reward or favor, or to avoid punishment.  Wouldn’t it be novel to do something simply because it is the right thing to do?  God’s commands are holy, right, and good, and the Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom and strength to keep them.  Therefore, since they have value in themselves, we can choose to obey God and follow His commands.  
Reason #5:  Eternal Rewards
Yet another compelling reason to live for God’s glory is the fact that we will be rewarded in heaven for our service to Him.  Two passages clearly illustrate this fact:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10).
 
Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.  If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.  (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).
Through Christ’s payment for us on the cross, we have escaped eternal judgment; however, our actions will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ.  There, our performance will be evaluated and rewards presented for service to God.  Rewards will be given for deeds that reflect a desire to honor Christ, but deeds peformed in an attempt to earn God’s acceptance, earn the approval of others, or meet our own standards will be rejected by God and consumed by fire.  
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Daily Light – Mar 19, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
Con’t…taken from… The Search For Significance, by R. McGee
Continuing with …..Justification is God’s solution to the false idea of “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself and find significance.”
Reasons For Obedience  (Six Reasons To Obey…today, reason #3)
The love of God and His acceptance of us are based on grace, His unmerited favor.  They are not based on our ability to impress God through our good deeds.  But if we are accepted on the basis of His grace and not our deeds, why should we obey God?  Here are six compelling reasons to obey Him:
 
Reason #3:  The Father’s Discipline
 
Our loving Father has given us the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin.  Conviction is a form of God’s discipline and serves as proof that we have become children of God (Hebrews 12:5-11).  It warns us against making choices without regard to either God’s truth or sin’s consequences.  If we choose to be unresponsive to the Holy Spirit, our heavenly Father will discipline us in love.  Many people do not understand the difference between discipline and punishment.  The following chart shows their profound contrasts: 
 
                              Punishment                        Discipline
Source:                 God’s wrath                        God’s Love
Purpose:               To Avenge a wrong           To correct a wrong
Relational result:       Alienation                     Reconciliation
Personal result:          Guilt                              A righteous lifestyle
Directed toward:       Nonbelievers               His children      
 
On the cross, Jesus bore all the punishment we deserve; therefore, we no longer need to fear punishment from God for our sins.  We should seek to do what is right so that our Father will not have to correct us through discipline, but when we are disciplined, we should remember that God is correcting us in love.  This discipline leads us to righteous performance, a reflection of Christ’s righteousness in us.  

Daily Light – Mar 16, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Con’t…taken from… The Search For Significance, by R. McGee
Continuing with …..Justification is God’s solution to the false idea of “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself and find significance.”
Reasons For Obedience  (Six Reasons To Obey…today, reason #1)
The love of God and His acceptance of us are based on grace, His unmerited favor.  They are not based on our ability to impress God through our good deeds.  But if we are accepted on the basis of His grace and not our deeds, why should we obey God?  Here are six compelling reasons to obey Him:
#1  God’s Love
Understanding God’s grace compels us to action because love motivates us to please the One who has so freely loved us.  When we experience love, we usually respond by seeking to express our love in return.  Our obedience to God is an expression of our love for Him (John 14:15, 21), which comes from an understanding of what Christ has accomplished for us on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).  We love because He first loved us and clearly demonstrated His love at the cross (1 John 4:16-19).  Understanding this will highly motivate us.
The great motivating factor is missing in many of our lives because we don’t really believe that God loves us unconditionally.  We expect His love to be conditional, based on our ability to earn it.  Our experience of God’s love is based on our perception.  If we believe that He is demanding or aloof, we will not be able to receive His love and tenderness.  Instead, we will be either afraid of Him or angry with Him.  Faulty perceptions of God often prompt us to rebel against Him.  Our image of God is the foundation for all of our motivations.  As we grow in our understanding of His unconditional love and acceptance, we will be better able to grasp that His discipline is prompted by care, not cruelty.  We will also be increasingly able to perceive the contrast between the joys of living for Christ and the destructive nature of sin.  We will be motivated to experience eternal rewards where neither moth nor rust destroys (Matthew 6:20).  And we will want our lives to bring honor to the One who loves us so much.  (cont’ Monday).
1 John 4:15-19   John wrote…   If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The man who fears is not made perfect in love.   (wow!!!!)
My friends…re-read and meditate on those verse in 1 John.      Do you see what we have ‘in’ Christ?…do you see it?   We are held in a perfection of love that we really do not fully comprehend…held safe in the arms of our loving God.   God’s love holds us and because it is perfect…the result is that we should realize that we do not have to fear punishment…because God diverted the wrath that we were due and placed it in on Jesus….Jesus ‘paid’ the penalty we deserve.   Jesus took our punishment…we get forgiveness and eternal life and the perfect love of the Father.  Since the punishment has been fully paid…we have the opportunity to see ourselves perfect in His love.   Oh…what can be sweeter than to know how much we are loved by God.
Father…I pray that as we absorb and experience the ‘love’ that you have poured out for us …as we ‘discover’…how wide, deep, and long it is….help us to ‘go out’ and share the light of that reality with those who remain trapped within the darkness of false beliefs.   Amen