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Post by Rohn on Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:24 am


AFTERWARD
Hebrews 12:11-17

(Hebrews 12:11-17) 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. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.  (KJV)

Text:
(Hebrews 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.  (KJV)
(Hebrews 12:17) For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.  (KJV)

Notice the word “afterward” in these two verses.  There is a vast difference in the results of action taken here.  One is the peaceable fruits of righteousness and the other is a complete loss.

I.  CONCERNING ANY COURSE WE TAKE IN LIFE THE QUESTION OF HOW IT AFFECTS US NOW IS NOT SO IMPORTANT AS IS THE QUESTION TO WHAT IT WILL LEAD TO OR WHAT WILL THE AFTER AFFECTS BE.
We read about Jacob, “Afterward he would have…”  But he didn’t because of previous actions.  Every act has an effect on our future life and our eternal destiny.  If people would realize this in a real way it would change a lot of their actions.
In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews we read these familiar verses about Moses:
(Hebrews 11:23-26) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  (KJV)
Moses thought about the afterward and what it would yield.  He could have been of the royal family and lived in the palaces of Egypt but he thought of the afterward and esteemed the riches of God that were to come greater than those he could have had in this life.  
This earthly life isn’t all there is, but if it were, the rewards here are a great recompense for anything we think we may give up to be what the Lord wants us to be.
If we could see the suffering caused by sin and the heartache caused by thinking only of the pleasures now, we would realize how much better to go God’s way and enjoy what God has for us now.
On the other hand those things that are very trying and even bring sadness often turn around, if we are seeking God’s will and bring to our hearts joy and gladness.

II.  LOOK AT THE TEXT IN VERSE ELEVEN, “NOW NO CHASTENING FOR THE PRESENT SEEMETH TO BE JOYOUS…”
It means that it seems good to us not to be chastened by the Lord but it isn’t, it is grievous.  Because chastisement yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness.  Afterward – not during but afterward we see the results.

1.  NOW GOD USES SEVERAL THINGS OR WAYS TO BRING AND KEEP US IN T A PLACE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
All correction in our lives is to make us Christ-like and keep us in the place where we are holy men and women before God.
(Hebrews 12:14) Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  (KJV)

(1)  GOD USES RESTITUTION TO MAKE US WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE.
You say, restitution is our part.  That is right but God puts it on your heart and burns it on your conscious that you did someone wrong and you need to make restitution.  Verse 14 says, “Follow peace with all men…”  
It isn’t if you feel he was wrong too or not it is what God shows you is on your heart.  Restitution on your part is never for the benefit of the other person, you make restitution for your own souls sake, and that may be hard, chastisement, and it may or may not do something for the other party involved.  But your concern is to follow peace with all men and holiness unto the Lord.
Afterward it yields.  It makes you feel good and clean and right before God.

(2)  SOMETIMES GOD ALLOWS PERSECUTION TO COME INTO OUR LIVES AS CHASTISEMENT.
We don’t like it but afterwards it yields the peaceable fruits of righteousness, if we have God in our hearts and stand the test and show forth a Christ like spirit.  Everything people do to us in this life isn’t always easy to stand.  It takes the grace of God to turn the other cheek. It takes the grace of God to walk away knowing that there are things being said against you.  Most of our persecution these days comes from someone’s mouth, but if we keep ours shut and ask God for grace and endure – afterward – it yields the peaceable fruits of righteousness.
(Matthew 5:10-12) Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  (KJV)
Endure persecution and keep a good spirit because there is an afterward and it has its yield for you. And you will not be sorry that you kept right before God through it all.

3.  SOMETIMES THE LORD USES LABORS WE HAVE FOR THE LORD TO CHASTISE US.
How do labors for the Lord become that which chastises us?  God has a work for each one of us to do and sometimes we don’t see the results and we begin to chaff under the load or burden we have and we wonder if there will ever be any results.  We invite people to church and they never come.  Sometimes the ones who do show up don’t seem to get any real help.  Sometimes the preacher preaches and no one seeks.  We try to do good and wonder if it is any use.  
It is the enemy that brings these questions to our minds, but I believe the Lord uses them to chastise us and help us realize that we can’t give up we must keep going.
(Galatians 6:9) And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  (KJV)
Afterward it yields.
Someone says something about the service or the message and you realize that it is not all on vain.  If one person is encouraged to serve God or keep true to the end it is all worth the effort.

(4)  SOMETIMES THE LORD CHASTISES US FOR OUR LACK OF PATIENCE.
How is your patience?  Sometimes the Lord has to give us grace to keep us patient.  I believe people should be punctual.  They should be on time to church.  
But it isn’t just waiting on people but what about waiting on results?  Waiting for things to be done.  Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayer as soon as we would like.  But if we can just be patient and remember that Afterward patience yields the fruit of peace and righteousness.  
In talking about patience we don’t mean slothfulness.
(Hebrews 6:12) That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.  (KJV)
Be patient and keep the faith and afterward it yields fruits of righteousness.
Those who you have prayed for, for so long – be patient and keep praying and holding on to God’s promises for them.  

III.  LOOK AT THE AFTERWARD IN VERSE SEVENTEEN.
Speaking of Esau –
(Hebrews 12:17) For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.  (KJV)

1.  ESAU SOLD HIS BIRTHRIGHT FOR A BOWL OF POTTAGE WITHOUT MUCH THOUGHT AT THE TIME OF THE AFTERWARD.  BUT WHAT WAS DONE WAS DONE.
You can’t help but feel a bit sorry for Esau but that doesn’t alter the fact that he thought only of today.  How foolish to think only of today.  Every act has its effect on our future life and our eternal destiny.  Esau cried to his father but the blessing had already been given to Jacob.  Esau could get mad a Jacob and threaten him and say he had been taken advantage of and make a lot of excuses but it didn’t change the fact that Jacob had received the blessing that Esau didn’t put a proper value on.  Our acts afterwards yield.  There is a yield for everything we do.  
(Galatians 6:7) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  (KJV)
Our actions are either profitable or unprofitable.

2.  THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE.
(Luke 13:6-9) He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.  (KJV)
He came expecting fruit and there was none.  
The tree represents the individual.  The fruit is the fruit of righteousness.  This is what the Lord expects of us.  He has a right to expect this of us.  He places us here to live righteous lives and worship Him in spirit and in truth.  If we don’t bring forth fruit what would He do with us?  If after all care is taken it refuses to bear fruit – after that thou shall cut it down.
What  truth we have here.  How important it is for us to bear fruit.  Life righteous lives.  


3.  NOTICE AN AFTERWARD IN DAVID’S LIFE.
(1 Samuel 24:5) And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.  (KJV)
David didn’t feel so good after he did the thing he did.
You know how Saul tried to kill David.  How man here would have condemned David had he thrust Saul through with a spear and not just cut off his skirt.  After all Saul was trying to kill David.  David was already anointed to be king of Israel.  But so was Saul God’s anointed.  He was backslidden but it wasn’t David’s place to take things in his own hands.  “And afterward his heart smote him.”
It isn’t how other people look at it, it is how God looks at it.  David may have even been encouraged to do what he did but that didn’t make it right and afterward his heart smote him.
Did your heart ever smite you?
What did David do?  He made confession not only to the Lord but to his own men.  
(1 Samuel 24:6) And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.  (KJV)
(1 Samuel 24:7) So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.  (KJV)
Then David tried to make amends with Saul.
We wouldn’t condemn David but God did.
We had better let God lead us and obey His will because afterward there is a yield.  
In all David’s bravery he didn’t feel so good, his heart smote him.  

4.  NOTICE THE AFTERWARD IN THE BREAD OF DECEIT.
(Proverbs 20:17) Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.  (KJV)
Deceit – they don’t know what I’ve done.  They don’t know how I really feel.  They don’t know what I really am.
You may think so and feel good that people don’t know but afterwards.
What makes you wonder what they do know when they say something that seems to reflect on your problem, your life, what you did, what you said?
Your mouth is full of gravel.
How uncomfortable deceit makes you.
You may fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time and you can never fool God any time.
Gravel in your mouth.
How much better to be on the up and up.
“Afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness.”
What about the afterward in your life?
Will it be that you heart will smite you or you will cry over what you have done but it will be too late or you will be uncomfortable feeling like you have gravel in your mouth?  It doesn’t have to be that way.
Your live can yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
Rohn
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