Hebrews 12:3-17 Endure Discipline

He speaks to us right where we are at in His discipline/correction.

Those the Father loves, He also disciplines. This is our central message for today and always.

“In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (verse 4). We ALL face struggles with sin. And ALL God’s sons (and daughters) are disciplined. His discipline is always done in love and for our good. His discipline results in eternal life not death. Physical death might be the end result here on earth but that is NOT the end of your story.

God’s “discipline” doesn’t usually result in death of the body. For the prophets of old and the martyrs death was the end result of their walk with God but was NOT part of His discipline. Their deaths were a result of them refusing to deny God and man not allowing that decision. Men put them to death by Satan’s urging. God didn’t. What God gave them on the other side of that death though was worth it ALL. Read more »

Hebrews 12:1-2 Run With Endurance

The ONLY “finish line” that counts. The celebration on the other side if it is worth everything!

Our great crowd of witnesses are cheering us onto the finish! This race is not a one day affair but an endurance race that lasts to the end of our days.

God set the finish line from the beginning. We were to walk with Him for all eternity. Sin got in the way of this and shortened our lives. But God made a way to restore that “eternity” to us.

I’m SO glad that our “great crowd of witnesses” were not perfect people. They were men and women who trusted God and showed great faith in Him but they stumbled in their walks too. But their names are still recorded for us because they didn’t give up. They continued until the end. Even Noah who got drunk and exposed himself in the end is still counted in that great crowd. Read more »

Hebrews 11:1-40 By Faith

They put their trust in Him and HE did NOT disappoint

We are given a GREAT list of witnesses to the power of faith. Our heritage of faith from the beginning until a portion of the promise was received.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (verse 1). From, “Let there be…” until the final curtain falls on this story, faith is what keeps us moving forward. It is what draws us to God. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him” (verse 6). Read more »

Hebrews 10:19-39 Perseverance

You have to at first be sorry for your sin before forgiveness can happen.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (verse 23). Our author is warning us to not take lightly the work of Jesus. Don’t lose the first love you had when you received Him.

All who come to Jesus come with a broken heart. We each recognize that we are lost without Him. Upon receiving His salvation we also receive forgiveness and joy. We are all washed clean at that point. But that is not where we stay. We get up and walk on in our daily lives. That daily life has to change though.

We are told that if we “willfully” continue sinning that we are trampling Jesus’ work. Yes, we all come with sin in our lives and it is usually a process to get it out. It takes the Holy Spirit working in our hearts to bring us to a place of fully walking away from it. Sometimes it is an addiction while other times it is a habit we have fallen into. But the Spirit is faithful to continue working on our hearts to bring us in line with God’s will. Read more »

Hebrews 10:1-18 No More Sacrifices

Covering up layer upon layer couldn’t solve the problem.

One sacrifice did what all the others couldn’t. The actual removal of sin, not just covering it up.

Have you ever tried to paint over an ink mark? I have and I found that it bleeds right back through no matter how many layers you put on it. You have to strip it off the wall and put a special primer over the spot to fix it. That’s how it is with sin. Layer upon layer of coverings, yet the original problem kept bleeding through.

From the first sin to the last one, the stain kept getting bigger. God gave us the best paint available at the time, even though He knew it wouldn’t really do the job right. He wanted a relationship with man and would settle for “good enough” for a while. It wasn’t perfect and it really didn’t make things right but it kept us close to Him while the real fix was in the process. Read more »