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TITLE: Practical theology
By David McArdle
03/02/08
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Accepting His word of rebuke or of difficult instruction
Practical theology

"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation" [Isaiah 12.2 NASB]

A wonderful truth, which only the believer can fully understand and freely accept, is that God is our Father both by creation and redemption, and like a faithful and loving parent, He corrects and disciplines us when we step out of line.

It is interesting to note that in His letters to the seven churches in the Revelation, if the Lord had a word of correction for His people, then, it was strategically placed between commendation and encouragement.

In the first verse of Isaiah 12, there is a similar structure,

Praise.
Angry.
Anger.
Comfort.

We can and often do give God praise for His hand of chastisement, for coming close behind correction is comfort. Once again, it is only the believers who can receive the innumerable benefits from this personal ministry.

After a prolonged season of separation, examination and correction, Isaiah raises three positive points about God; He is our salvation, strength and song.

Once Isaiah knew the three unchanging aspects of God’s character, he could categorically state, “I will trust and not be afraid”.

In every situation, Isaiah lived out what God had told him. Are you aware of any deficiency in your life?

Is it possible that God is asking you to put into practice a word, which you have, at present, a great difficulty in accepting?

Paul said, “My little children … I am again suffering birth pangs until Christ is completely and permanently formed (moulded) within you” [Gal. 4.19 Amplified]

The word of rebuke or instruction, which He has imparted to you, is for your benefit and will, when obeyed, make you complete. [David McArdle]



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