Hebrews 12:7, 11 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? . . . All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Not very long ago, a message went out, it said: "Just say No!" Just say no to drugs. Just say no to alcohol. Just say no to cigarettes. Just say no to sex outside of marriage. It was a very effective campaign, because everyone learned that, "Just say No!" doesnít work. And that was WHY it was effective, because that was exactly what it was supposed to teach. "Just say No!" doesnít work, so weíd better find something that does, thereís a real problem here, what are we going to do with about it. And the answer that the world has come up with is really quite interesting. For the world keeps telling us, well, if theyíre going to do it anyway, . . . then perhaps all we can do is make it as safe as possible. So the world is working to give drug addicts clean needles, to give children condoms, to provide alcohol to minors, and cigarettes to all who have the desire.
What else was there to do? "Just say No!" didnít work. . . But did you ever wonder WHY saying NO didnít work? Saying NO didnít work, because at the same time the world was saying NO, it was saying that everyone has a right to do whatever they want to do. It was saying that the greatest Evil in the world, is that which seeks to restrict people, and to restrain them from what they desire. The world has been teaching that the point of life, and the reason we are here, is to achieve all that we desire. You see the great god, and the ruler of this world, is this, "what I want." So it has come to pass, that according to the world, children who donít get they want, live in abusive homes, and need to be liberated from that bad situation. And if they are not, they will grow up and kill their parents, and We will be responsible. All this is merely another view of Satanís great deception.
"Just say No!" didnít work, because it was not meant to work. "Just say No!" was only an excuse for us to become permissive. "Just say No!" didnít work, because no one could explain WHY we were saying NO, and not only that, it didnít work, because no one believed that we really even meant to say No!.
You see, the world has made, No! into a game. No! doesnít really mean no, because if you love me . . .. And so because we love, the No! changes to yes, not a strong YES!, but a yes, I guess so, if thatís what you really want. . .. The world has been carefully teaching us that THAT [doing what we want] is the one thing that really matters, the one thing that gives meaning to life.
But there is a difference between doing what we want, and doing what is right, and doing what is good. But the world has been working on THAT too [right and good] for those are things that cannot be taught, for who can know what is right and good? And this is more of Satanís great deception.
For the one thing that Satan does not want us to hear is that discipline always comes from love. Because God loves us, Because God claims us as his children, not only does God teach us right and wrong, but God disciplines us. And if you are without discipline, then that is only because no one would claim to be your father. God our Father teaches us right from wrong, and trains us to walk in the path of life and light. So also God teaches fathers, that they are to teach their children right that the may not do wrong, and train them to walk with their Savior on the road that leads to Salvation.
You see, the funny thing is is that children want to be loved. They donít have to do what they want, as long as they know that their parents love them, and that what their parents say is for their good, and is spoken in love. So it is, when parents "Just say No!" because they love their children, the children, who desire to be loved, obey. For the greatest fear of children is that their parents will stop loving them, and abandon them, and no longer claim them as their own.
God commands Fathers to train their children, to discipline their children. Discipline is a demonstration of love. Children need to be loved, perhaps that is why there are so many disciple problems today, because there is not enough love, nor enough discipline, nor do people know right from wrong, nor do they know God their heavenly father, nor do they know Jesus their Savior. And because they do not know the story of the Love of God is action in the world around us, many are perishing. Why, they do not know that God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This is the love God commands fathers to teach to their children, and in love what else would a father do? And though no discipline is ever pleasant, discipline brings forth good fruit as our test reminds us: "to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness." And our righteousness is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, discipline is always based in love, the love were with God hath first loved us. So it is when we say No! in Love, it yields a rich harvest of good fruit. So may we share the Good News of Jesus, for Jesus sake.