Am I A Disciple?
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What is a disciple?  Mathetes:  "a learner, a student, a pupil"

  1. Luke 14:26:  "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple." 
  2. Luke 14:27:  "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." 
  3. Luke 14:33:  "So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions." 
  4. Isaiah 40:4:  "The Lord God… awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple."

 

To be a disciple is to be a "learner".  All students, or learners, are taught, instructed, corrected and reproved.  2Tim. 3:16:  "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness." 

But to happily receive "reproof" may be the hardest thing for a disciple to learn.  God reproves us with His Holy Spirit through His Word, but do you realize that GOD also reproves us through others?

James 5:4-6:  "And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.  You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time."                                                                                                                                                                

Rom. 15:14:  "And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another."                          

Who do you suppose God wants to use in your life to primarily be reproving you?                                     

What about:  a father or mother, a sibling, a spiritual leader, a godly friend or even an ungodly person.

So think about these following verses in regard to those who God wants to use to primarily reprove you:

  1. Prov. 5:11-13:  "And you groan at your final end, when your flesh and your body are consumed; and you say, 'How I have hated instruction!  And my heart spurned reproof!  I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to my instructors!'"
  2. Prov. 6:23:  "For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life."
  3. Prov. 9:7-9:  "He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, and he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.  Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, reprove a wise man and he will love you."
  4. Prov. 10:8:  "The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces." 
  5. Prov. 10:17:  " 
  6. Prov. 12:1:  "Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid."
  7. Prov. 13:18:  "Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, but he who regards reproof will be honored."
  8. Prov. 15:5:  "A fool rejects his father’s discipline, but he who regards reproof is sensible."
  9. Prov. 15:10:  "Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way; he who hates reproof will die."
  10. Prov. 15:32:  "He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding."
  11. Prov. 25:12:  "Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear."
  12. Prov. 27:5-6:  "Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy."
  13. Prov. 28:23:  "He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
    Than he who flatters with the tongue."
  14. Prov. 29:1:  "A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy." 
  15. James 3:17KJV:  "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy "

 

What is most important to be able to train others?

  1. Luke 6:40:  "A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be LIKE his teacher."
  2. Matt. 28:19: "Go make disciples."