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Hebrews 12:8 (NIV)
If you are not disciplined [trained]—and everyone undergoes discipline [training]—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.
Today’s blog post has been inspired by an article I found at Bible.org. There, I found a written transcript of a message by Steven J. Cole entitled, “Lesson 3: God’s Training School (1 Samuel 18-26)”[a]. [Note: Audio of the message is available via an embedded player located at the top of the article.]
In his message, Steven references the lives of King David and the Apostle Paul and discusses how, like these heroes of the Faith, every Christian has to go through “God’s Training School”. Here are a few snippets taken from the article:
“Every Christian is enrolled in a school–“God’s Training School.” …every true child of God is enrolled in the program.”
“The Bible clearly teaches that God uses trials to train us to become more like Jesus, who learned obedience through the things He suffered (Heb. 5:8).”
“It continues all our lives. Whenever we begin the process, we need to recognize that God does not have a cram course. His program involves years of training. There’s no such thing as instant fruit of the Spirit.”
“God’s training or discipline is not just for those who are wayward to bring them back into line. It’s also for those who are faithful and obedient, to make them even more like Christ. Thus, you may pass a course in God’s school with flying colors, only to find yourself enrolled all over again in the same course.”
“God often uses adversity to humble a person so he can handle success…. If you are going to experience any sort of success in serving Christ, then you can be assured that you will be enrolled in His training school of adversity, so that you learn to handle the success properly.”
“What is God trying to accomplish with His curriculum? Why does He require His servants to go through such a difficult barrage of courses? [Such as:] BROKEN PROMISES (101), EVIL FOR GOOD (102), OPPORTUNITY TESTING (104) ….Those whom God uses must go through His training school to develop trust, submission, endurance, and a tender conscience.”
I recommend at least browsing through the actual article. There is a lot of good “food for thought” found inside.
[a] “Lesson 3: God’s Training School (1 Samuel 18-26)” by Steven J. Cole, found at Bible.org