Don’t Waste the Struggles

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Don’t Waste the Struggles” from Hebrews 12:4-11.

Hebrews 12:4-11 (ESV)

God Disciplines His Children

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Don’t waste your struggles.

  • See your struggles soberly.
  • Don’t waste the discipline of struggles.
  • Take the struggles as proof of His love.
  • Endure the struggle to get full benefit of discipline.
  • Consider what it’s absence would mean.
  • Submit to the Father who ordains out struggles.
  • Trust the good that comes from those struggles.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Share about a time when you were rightfully disciplined.
  • Why does God discipline us?
  • What are some benefits of discipline?
  • What good does God bring from our struggles?