The Bountiful dealings of the Lord……they are painful, but wonderfully needed.

Heb 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

        My morning alone time with my Lord brought me to a place of thanksgiving, for I wrote in my journal; “Thank you Lord for the season of spring, renewal within my soul! For the Lord has dealt bountifully with my soul!”  This gratefulness was due to the Lord’s hand being heavy upon me, for He was dealing with me concerning some deep, long besetting sin that I have been struggling with for too many yearsI put my trust and hope in Him to deliver me from it, and boy did he ever! 

        In His time in His season, He brought forth the promised death and burial of the old man,oh I Praise the Lord for His faithfulness, He brought forth the needed judgement, and now I know I can walk in the newness of the new man which is in Christ Jesus by faith!

       The word bountiful beautifully expresses my sentiments after the time of chastisement.  It brought forth the needed fruit of righteousness, and it brought me into a renewed fellowship with the Lover of my Soul!  Bountiful is expressed four times in the Old Testament they all occur in the lovely Psalms of David:

Psa 13:5  But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
Psa 13:6  I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Psa 116:6  The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
Psa 116:7  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Psa 116:8  For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Psa 119:17  GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
Psa 119:18  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Psa 142:7  Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

       This word occurs four times, and 4 represents the creativeness of the Lord, such as fire, water, earth, heaven.  Then there are the four seasons, and the Lord has often used the four seasons to show me how they compare with our walk of faith.  We can and will experience all sorts of seasons in our soul, but that can be a whole other entry as the Lord should lead.  But for now this is dealing with the loving chastisements of our Heavenly Father.  If we have placed ourselves as the “living sacrifices” mentioned in Romans 12:1, He shall surely take us up on that “self-offering” so that He may sanctify every portion. every part of our Spirit, soul, mind, and body. 

        It took the Lord a while to settle me down and view His corrections as loving, my mother corrected us harshly and many times unjustly and with violence and physical abuse.  The Lord had to really do some work to get me to trust Him, I weep now at the thought of His gentle loving-kindness towards me, His endless patience with me through these past three plus decades.  He comes down to our level, He understands all we have been through, and it took me so long to understand that I needed not to pretend to be something I was not, He helped me to bring down so many barriers of self-protection, but through all of His corrections….He got me there….Jesus did it all!

      So the next verses from Hebrews are to encourage you to trust in the Lord and to know that His chastisement are for our good….and of course for His Glory, for He that has started a good work in us shall finish it! 

Heb 12:5  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Heb 12:9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

        It’s His promise to us, and trust me I have found that my Lord, our Lord, our God is worthy to be trusted, and you shall cherish Him for it, for it truly is the most fulfilling, the most heart wrenching Holy love that your soul shall EVER know!

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  1. Lollie
    May 30, 2012 @ 22:12:14

    I am so thankful to be able to trust Him too! How often our Heavenly Father has had to bring me to corrections, but it has been His love that has done it. I am very grateful for that. If we don’t allow Him to correct us then how can we grow in grace? Praise the Lord, brother!

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