October 31/Hebrews 12

Verse 1 > Paul is encouraging us believers to keep living for Jesus. Endurance is what counts. He just listed in chapter 11 all the people who endured living life for God and he says to get our encouragement from them. If you don’t feel that you are adequate to live like a Christian go see how Moses handled life. If sexual temptation is an issue read about Joseph. If you are being persecuted for being a Christian see Daniel and his friends in the book of Daniel.

What are the weights that are hanging on you that keep you from going all in for Jesus? Those weights could be friends, family, sports, books, doing good, work, etc. They can be good things but they are not good if they take your time away from developing a strong faith in the Lord.

There was a lady who had a dream that those around her were being raptured into heaven but she could only get about 20 feet in the air. When she looked down there was a rope fastened to her ankle and the rope was attached to her furniture. The Lord was saying to her that her life was too wrapped up in stuff!

Verse 2 > We watch Jesus by watching him in the word. Jesus was focused on the mission his Father had sent him on. He didn’t allow himself to get sidetracked. He kept going for the cross and was joyful about it because he saw what was on the other side and who he would bring to the other side. Watch Jesus in the bible and learn from him and be encouraged and strengthened by him. Look beyond your problems to what is waiting for you on the other side of this life.

Verses 3-4 > Is anyone reading this that has died because of their faith in Jesus:)

Verses 5-11 > The Lord allows certain difficulties and sufferings to come into our lives so that we will grow up spiritually, have our faith strengthened, and be tough enough in the Holy Spirit to handle anything this life or the enemy throws at us. He loves us and does not want us to be defeated or to be crippled spiritually. Just as our earthly fathers love us and because they love us they correct us so that we can handle life and not fall apart or do foolish things that would harm us; our heavenly Father does the same.

In sports the coaches are hard on the players in the practice session so that they can handle the rigors of the game.

Verses 12-13 > So when you go through a tough time don’t cry and whine that God doesn’t love you; you are going through this because he does love you! Wipe away your tears and get back in the race!

Verses 14-24 > We don’t live under Old Testament Law we live under New Testament Grace!

Verses 25- 29 > Do not trust in anything or anybody other than God to help you run this race of life. Everything else will be shaken to its core and devoured by the purifying fire of God. Remember the three guys in the fire furnace in Daniel chapter 3? They were not shaken and they were not burned because their trust was in the Lord.

Daniel 3:16–18 (NLT) — 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

They were there because their heavenly Father loved them. Let them be the witnesses that cheer you on to the finish line!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In verse 15 we get a warning on bitterness. It does not only hurt you and leas you away from God, it also hurts others. Dissatisfaction and com plinking can become a way of life and can infect those around you. You may be being tried to let you grow and endurance not bitterness is the correct response.