Tag: Hebrews 12

Holiness is key to seeing the Lord!

Scripture reading for October 28th:  Hebrews 12

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Hebrews 12:14-16  “Make every effort to live at peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.  See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.”

Being a Christ-follower in a hostile world requires effort and focus.  The enemy of our soul, Satan, is always at work to distract or destroy believers.  A common tactic is through conflict and the failure to forgive others.  Unforgiveness can lead to a bitter root that divides people from each other and ultimately from God.  Sexual immorality is another common trap of the flesh that leads to defilement and possible loss of inheritance in God’s kingdom.  Esau is mentioned because of his failure to value spiritual inheritance.  He lost it through his careless appetite!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are focused on seeing the Lord when He comes and rely on God’s grace to keep them in holiness.  “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure hear, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. . . .Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face, O God of Jacob.”  (Psalm 24:4,6)

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Jesus Christ: Motivated by Joy!

Scripture reading for October 29th:  Hebrews 12

In a sense, Jesus, too, lived by faith.  He knew His Father’s heart and plan to save mankind through sending Him to earth to reveal the way home to heaven for lost men and women.  He ‘saw’ what was not visible as He walked this earth and acted out of a deep trust in His Father’s Word and will.  He suffered and died on the cross to bring many sons to glory by justifying them through His blood sacrificed!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses; let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  In you struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding you own blood.”  (Hebrews 12:1-4)

Christ’s example of faith and joyful obedience should motivate us as believers!  We have a great host of people of faith that have gone before us as witnesses.  We can, through faith and the power of the Holy Spirit, throw off sin and all hindrances to pursuing Jesus and His promises.  We can patiently wait for His return and the fullness of salvation.   After all, we don’t have to suffer nearly as much as our Lord!  Most will never have to shed their own blood so let’s run this race to win!  The joy awaiting us is worth it!

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