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Scripture reading for December 16th: Hebrews 11-13
We who have faith are part of a long line of men and women who put their trust in God. Hebrews 11 is known as the hall of fame for those having faith. Faith begins with trusting that God created the the world out of things that did not exist. (Hebrews 11:1-6) Faith is the major requirement for pleasing God on our journey through this life. We are promised a reward if we earnestly seek the Lord and hold onto our faith in Him.
It is interesting that our culture currently is trying to destroy a belief in God as Creator. Instead, time and chance are honored instead of God. “Science” is used to support the theory of evolution and discredit creationism. The knowledge of God as Creator is being suppressed in unrighteousness. When men do this, God gives them over to deluding influences that take men into great darkness and wickedness. (Romans 1:18-26) People who believe the truth of Scripture are ridiculed as “unscientific” and fools! Buying into these lies will bring deception and darkness that ends in eternal damnation.
“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.” (Hebrews 12:1-2) We are in a race of faith authored by Jesus Christ, Himself. He focused on a goal as He went to the cross. He saw by faith all who would believe in Him free from the fear of death, living in God’s presence forever. This joy drove Him onward and should inspire us as well!
We should put off every weight and sin, and focus on Jesus Christ! We should live pure and holy lives, avoiding sexual immorality and worldliness as we wait for Jesus to return. We must live by faith in the grace of God to inherit the promises. These were the final instructions left for us and all who by faith believe! It is time to pay close attention and fix our eyes on the goal!