Chastisement/Discipline - Individually and Nationally

,

Recently we did a small study on a road trip regarding the cycles of disciple for an individual and for a nation. When God disciplines us He is displaying the utmost of love and responsibility of His Grace in our lives. Grace saves us and it keeps us from falling. It is so responsible over the believer that it will take the believer home to maintain its keeping care over the believer.

Divine discipline, like everything else in God's Plan, is based on His Grace in Jeremiah 29:11 & does not result in a loss of salvation - Gal 3:26


Here are the raw notes of our discussion.


The Successive Steps of Chastisement for the Believer 

1. Word rebukes/corrects you - 2 Tim 3:16
2. Holy Spirit conviction - John 16:8
3. Exhortation / rebuke from another believer - 1 Thes 5:11
4. Emotional sickness; they react "People are judging me" - Ps 32:3-5
5. Circumstantial adversity; details of life used to chastise - Prov 13:15 
6. Health issues begin - 1 Cor 11:30
7. Neurosis - nerves fray - Is 48:22; Ps 32:4
8. Psychosis - mind falls apart, paranoia uncontrollable fits - Ps 51
9. Scourging - all or some combined of the above - Heb 12:6
10. God takes believer home - 1 John 5:16

Negative reaction to the cycles of discipline in a believer's life
- Denial 
- Rationalization 
- Support groups  / cliques 
- Sublimation

3 Steps to Rebound out of Chastisement:
  1. Confession - 1 John 1:9
  2. Repentance - Rom 2:1-2
  3. Conversion - Ps 19:7-14

The 8 Characteristics of True Repentance - 2 Cor 7:11
1. Godly sorrow
2. Carefulness
3. Clearing of myself
4. Indignation 
5. Fear - Godly fear 
6. Vehement desire
7. Zeal
8. Revenge - revenging with obedience

The Cycle of Discipline on a Nation:
Pre-chastisement of a nation - 1 Peter 4:7 Judgment begins in the House of God the Church

Condition of a Laodecian Church - No longer Stays the Judgment of God on the Nation
~ 1 Sam 3 - Man of God (Eli) / Church fat and happy & eyes grow dim / no discernment
1. No word
2. No vision
3. Lamp of God put out
4. Fornication and corruption in the temple by the God's servants (Hophneas & Phineas)

Lev 26 - Chastisement for  a nation begins:
1. Economic crisis
2. Murder, violence on the streets, ethnic unrest 
3. Nation-wide Natural disasters 
4. Governmental paralysis
5. Eventual government breakdown 
6. Military Take over 
7. No more memory of the nation, language or culture

The Restoration of a Nation
Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray,  and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.