Like any good father would when a child disobeys and falls into harmful sin, God will respond with discipline designed to bring you back into line with His good will for you when you sin. If you’re going through pain caused by God’s discipline, keep in mind that God is on your side, He’s more likely to discipline you for a pattern of sin in your life than for an isolated incident, He’s more concerned about your repentance than your comfort, and when you repent He will put a stop to painful discipline and give you forgiveness and restoration. Regularly examine your life to consider your areas of vulnerability to sin (whatever makes you feel the most pride and pleasure), ask God to show you what changes you should make to stop sinning, and then make those changes so your life will be headed in the right direction: closer to God.
Adapted from Solomon Seduction: What You Can Learn from the Wisest Fool in the Bible, copyright 2013 by Mark Atteberry. Published by Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, Nashville, Tn., www.thomasnelson.com.
Mark Atteberry is the award-winning author of 11 books. He has been the preaching minister of Poinciana Christian Church in Kissimmee, Florida, since 1989. A popular speaker, he has preached and led workshops at countless churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats. He is married to Marilyn, his high school sweetheart.
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