Discipline or Judgement?

Do you know that our eternal and loving Creator, God Almighty, disciplines His beloved children to keep us on the path of truth, light, and righteousness? Our Lord’s discipline consists of sending trials or testing into His children’s lives for His purposes, His glory, and our eternal benefit. A trial in our life allows us to see the true strength of our faith, increases our knowledge and perseverance in the faith, adds to our steadfastness in the faith, allows us to testify or witness to others about our faith, and gives, both, our witnesses and us a blessing when watching our faith in action.

Discipline doesn’t, necessarily, mean punishment for sin. The Bible tells us that our past, present, and future sins are forgiven through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross at Calvary, and our, daily, repentance keeps us in fellowship with Holy God.  However, the Bible, also, tells us that all His children will be persecuted. I have come to believe that the Lord’s discipline is more of a ‘faith re-alignment’ due to our ‘free will’ discernment. His discipline keeps us focused on Him and the narrow path to eternity. I know this all too well. I have come to understand that it doesn’t matter what happens to us in life; it’s how we handle it that counts! Over the last thirteen years, I have gone through colon, liver, endometrial, and breast cancer scans, biopsies, resection surgeries, and follow-up treatments. With an original diagnosis of two months to live, I am cancer free … once again! (All thankfulness, honor, and glory to the Lord for the trials and outcomes!) Throughout these years of sickness, I have learned a whole new level of pain, but … more importantly … was given the opportunity to testify about Jesus Christ before and after the surgeries and treatments. I have gained a much deeper appreciation and understanding of the Scriptures and life in general.

Judgement, on the other hand, awaits all unbelievers for refusing to acknowledge and accept God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. God doesn’t send people to hell. People and angels are given a free will. Our ‘free will’ choices in this life determine our eternal destiny. The Bible is crystal clear and teaches us by example. We read, understand, and apply God’s biblical truths from lessons learned by previous generations. God teaches us about their choices in life and the resulting consequences of those choices. Make no mistake about it. We are in the end times. The Lord’s judgement is coming in degrees of devastation! The Bible tells us that the wine of God’s fury will be poured out full strength into the cup of His wrath. (Rev 14:10) Hurricanes, tornadoes, thunder, and lightening are nothing compared to what is coming for those who don’t believe in our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Jesus Christ is the ONE and ONLY way to an eternal existence in heaven. Everything else is a false doctrine and satanic lie.

This temporary life on earth is an alluring festivity of sin. This fallen world is Satan’s temporary kingdom, and we know that he is the ‘father of lies’. Our next heartbeat is not guaranteed! So, the time is ‘now’ to make ‘your’ eternal decision. Get your spiritual affairs in order. Turn from your indifference before it is too late. Will you choose life and spend a supernatural and loving eternal existence with the Lord in His new heaven and new earth? Or, will you choose death and spend an eternity of unimaginable horror, pain, and suffering in total darkness with Satan and his demonic angels? Remember, our spirits don’t die; we live forever! Where will you live?

Blessings in our Lord’s unlimited grace,

Debby Mac Manes, a disciple of Jesus Christ <><

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