Message Notes

February 25, 2018

ENDURE - part II in the book of Hebrews

Hebrews 12:4-11

Hebrews 12:4–11


[4] In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. [5] And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?


“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,

nor be weary when reproved by him.

[6] For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,

and chastises every son whom he receives.”

[7] It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? [8] If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. [9] Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? [10] For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. [11] For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (ESV)

Remember Your IDENTITY

Hebrews 12:4–5


[4] In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. [5] And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?


“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,

nor be weary when reproved by him.


Rebuke and Reminder


If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how he much he makes of the thought of being God's child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.

- J.I. Packer


Are you living as an ORPHAN?

  • Lacks a vital daily intimacy with God.
  • Struggles to trust things to God.
  • Anxious about friends, money, future, etc.
  • Lives on a success/failure basis.
  • Feel the need to always be on your “A” game. Perform and Pretend.
  • Solution to failure: Try Harder.
  • Feels powerless to defeat sin.
  • Lacks confidence, feels discouraged and defeated.
  • Has a critical spirit (complaining and bitterness). Tears others down.
  • Looks for satisfaction in possessions or positions.
  • Tends to be motivated by obligation and duty, not love. 


Are you living as a SON?

  • Feel freed from worry because of God’s love for you.
  • Feels forgiven and totally accepted.
  • A daily trust in God’s sovereign plan for your life.
  • Content in relationships because you are accepted by God.
  • Content with what Christ has provided.
  • Freedom from making a name for yourself or striving for fame.
  • Open to criticism because you rest in Christ’s perfect performance.
  • Able to examine your deeper motives.
  • Readily repents when confronted with sin.
  • Trusting less and less in self and more and more in the Holy Spirit. 
  • Prayer is a vital, ongoing part of your day.
  • Prayer is a first resort - not last.
  • Jesus is more and more the subject of ordinary conversations.
  • You rest deeply in your relationship with Christ. 
  • God truly satisfies your soul.


Embrace God's Means of GROWTH

Hebrews 12:5–10


[5] And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?


“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,

nor be weary when reproved by him.

[6] For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,

and chastises every son whom he receives.”

[7] It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? [8] If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. [9] Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? [10] For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.


Do not DISMISS or DESPAIR - v. 5

Rooted in Love - v. 6

Sign of Your Identity - v. 7-8

Be Subject to the Father - v. 9


What is meant by DISCIPLINE?


For Our Good and Holiness - v. 10


PAIDEIA


Corrective


1 Corinthians 11:28-32

Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.


God will break the hand that refuses to let go of what will harm it.

- Matt Chandler


Preventative


2 Corinthians 12:7-8

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 


Educational


Job 42:4-5

‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” 


Celebrate the RESULTS

Hebrews 12:11


[11] For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.


Peaceful Fruit of Righteousness


Philippians 3:7-11

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

How will you RESPOND?

CONFESS

CELEBRATE

COMMIT

A Prayer for Salvation

Heavenly Father, I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son, and that He died on the cross to save me from my sin. I believe that He rose again to life, and that He invites me to live forever with Him in heaven as part of Your family. Because of what Jesus has done, I ask You to forgive me of my sin and give me eternal life. I invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as my Lord. Help me to live in a way that pleases and honors You. Amen.