Gene Cunningham - October 18, 2012
Hosea Session 5
God's discipline is always administered in love. He disciplines as is appropriate the period of infidelity (Hos 2:6-13). 1) Disciplinary action is designed to disrupt the soul destroying habits of sin — the pattern of rebellion. 2) Discipline destroys the inclination for sin and shifts the inclination of the soul back to God. 3) A critical outcome of discipline is realization that His blessings have been abused and squandered. Balaam's realization illustrates (Num 22:34). 4) God's discipline intensifies until the desired result is accomplished (Hos 2:9-13). Three paths possible from the point of salvation: a) normal christian life — cross to the crown (2Pe 1:4-11), b) the prodical path downward (Eph 4:17-20), c) the path of recovery (Jam 4:4-10, Eph 4:30). God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. The Word of God rebukes us; God chasten us (Heb 12:3-11). Discipline is proof we are children; He disciplines for our profit.
Conference notes for this series can be found [HERE]
From Series: "The Transforming Power of Forgiveness -- PA Conference 2012"
This conference was given at the Abundant Life Church in Uniontown PA in 2012. The theme of Hosea is the loyal love of God for idolatrous Israel and the power of His redemption and forgiveness to transform her into His beloved bride.