The word disciple is taken from the word discipline. This definition is very fitting for the disciples who walked with Jesus and learned first hand what the righteous and unrighteous acts should be if they wanted to enter heaven. One of the disciples Paul didn’t hesitate to tell El’-y-mas the sorcerer his acts against the deputy is evil and he is perverting the Lord’s right way! “But El’-y-mas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul,(who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtily(deceit) and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord”.(Acts 13:8-12).
The Christian is on guard to the devices of satan daily even though we are not ignorant of his devices. He tries his best to offset the good they are doing for the Lord, while others are taken captive at his will. “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices”.(2 Timothy 2:25,26)……(2 Corinthians 2:11).
We see in a vision of Zechariah that satan is right there to deter from right as he saw Joshua the high priest before the angel of the Lord. “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said unto satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
Satan did not stay away from Job who was a righteous and just man before God and did his will ……”Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto satan, Whence cometh thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it”.(Zechariah 3:1,2)………..(Job 1:6,7).
Discipline is not a bad thing in the eyes of God as he does chasten and discipline his children, after all we are to be conformed to the image of his Son whom he loved very much. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren”(Romans 8:29). Always remember the disciples of Jesus day are no different than those instructed today in the work of the Lord. This work is the most worthy of all to serve the one who has called you to teach his word and bring many to Christ!. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”.(1 Corinthians 15:57,58).
Always stay in the will of God and teach as he places his will on your heart and mind which keeps one on the narrow path of life!