I recently talked with a pastor friend of mine and he shared with me that 3 years ago the church he was pastoring was growing and doing good things. Then he made a choice to get involved in a sin (he didn't share any specifics). He did a few weeks later repent of that sin, but the church and his ministry suffered. The church started to decline and he eventually left as pastor. He told me in his prayer time that the Lord had laid upon his heart that he was under a period of discipline for a certain length of time. A couple weeks ago marked exactly 3 years since his choice of sin. He told me that in his prayer time this week he felt as if the Lord had reminded him of that time 3 years ago, and impressed upon him that this time of discipline was now over. He said their first service after this period was the highest attendance in his ministry and he just felt a new boldness and strength as pastor. I have no reason to doubt my friend as I trust his word. But my question to all of you is do you believe this is an acurate view of how God works in a Biblical manner? Have any of you went through similiar times/experiences?