May 28, 2021
Dealing with Deep Discipline
Sam McVay, Jr.
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Hardships have a unique ability to confront hidden pride, delusional control, and stubborn unbelief. Sam teaches on how to respond with our new covenant inheritance.
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The other two titles I had:
"Responding to the sovereign orchestration of the Holy Spirit in the midst of hardships in a way that increases holiness in the spirit not corruption in the flesh."
"Apostolic wisdom in how to posture your heart to rightly interpret and respond to the love of your Father in the midst of hardships and by so doing rejecting the accusations of your Enemy who desires to pervert your perception about pain."
Hebrews 12:1-13 (NIV)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?
8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.
9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!
10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Hardships have a unique ability to confront hidden pride, delusional control, and stubborn unbelief.
The writer here spiritually reframes the purpose, and ultimate source, of hardships which moves them from the realm of senseless suffering to increasing intimacy with the Father.
Notice that this writer, as well as the other apostolic writers in the New Testament, do not give us spiritual keys to keep hardships away, but rather invite us into a blood-bought spiritual mind that responds to hardships as invitations to deeper holiness and intimacy with our Father.
Joseph's unique response to his betraying, slandering, and murdering brothers as well as the near 20 years of painful circumstances that followed their actions was: "what you meant for evil God meant for good" and "you were trying to kill my life but God was actually preparing me to save lives".
This unusual, otherly, merciful, and big-vision response is now our new covenant inheritance in this age of many hardships.
Sam McVay, Sermon, Discipline