NOTHING can separate me

romans-8-38-39What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? 

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No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39

What a great, magnificent, wonderful assurance given from the God who is Great, Magnificent, and Wonderful! Verse 32 is a promise that is well hidden in my heart and has carried me through times when my soul was in unrest. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Just the thought of Jesus sitting on the right hand of the Father (verse 34)…interceding for me causes my soul to dance in victory. How about you? Can you just picture that in your mind, Jesus sitting right beside the Father calling your name and interceding on your behalf? Let that truth get down in your heart and joy rises. It lets me know that everything IS alright!

I know, I know, we like to say and sing that everything is GOING TO BE alright but faith speaks to say, “everything is alright. God is with me, never to leave or forsake me and since He is present right now in my life that means He is present in my circumstance. Everything is alright.”  He shall lead me beside still waters and restore my soul. By faith, I have no doubt that surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will [I am] dwell in the house of the LORD forever. SHOUT NOW, Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Who could ask for more? Nobody greater! Another favorite verse is Psalm 27:13, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate me from His love and with this I am satisfied! Blessed is the Name of the Lord!psalm16-11

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the high priest

Hebrews 5.1

For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
Hebrews 5:1-4

We continue in the Book of Hebrews to know that Jesus is the Superior One. Superior to angels, prophets, Moses, and now the priesthood of the Old Testament including Aaron, the high priest. Can  you imagine what shock and righteous indignation some of the Jews was experiencing that Jesus would be declared to be greater than Moses, Aaron and the Old Covenant? First, Moses and now you want us to believe that Jesus is greater than the Levitical Priesthood and Aaron?

In the Old Testament, it was the role of the high priest to represent God before man and man before God. For many of the Jews Hebrews 4:14, Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession” needed a little more explanation.

As I have stated before, I am no theologian or Christian apologetist but I have read that the Levitical priesthood had 24 different ranks of priests. The writer of Hebrews will use Hebrews 5:1 through 10:39 to give that explanation so the Jews [and us] will receive the Truth of Jesus being the Holy, Righteous, Pure and Prefect Mediator between God and man. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5-6a).”

The Holy Spirit begins with helping us to understand that the Old Testament priest were men who although chosen and called by God were sinners in need of mediation themselves.  The priests had to make sacrifice for their own sin before they could offer sacrifices on the behalf of the people.

I believe these Scriptures to be so very important for us…we take so much for granted including the access we enjoy to God. Just pause and give it thought…just suppose you were not able to call out to the Father right now and have the blessed assurance that He heard your cry, that you had to take your cause to another man who would take it to the Lord for you after he makes sacrtifice for his own sin…how alarming that would be!

Our access to the Father was paid for by the blood of Jesus and may the Lord forgive us for taking His amazing grace and gift for granted, for not spending time to meditate upon the perfect sacrifice given by our Loving High Priest, for not bowing before the Living God with a heart overflowing with love and thanks, for choosing gods of our own making instead of the One True and Living God who has chosen us and paid our sin debt so we could enter in the Presence of the Holy God!

Isn’t it amazing grace that Jesus would be both the sacrifice and the Mediator!?! Oh, what a Savior!

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Today

Hebrews 3.8Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
    on the day of testing in the wilderness,
where your fathers put me to the test
    and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
    they have not known My ways.’
11 As I swore in My wrath,
    ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”

On yesterday, the Lord established that when we read the Holy Bible that it is God Himself who is speaking and that every man must make a choice to believe this truth or not. Now, He speaks to tell us when that choice should be made- TODAY!

It was a Word in due season when Hebrews was written and it is a Word in due season today. As we look around our country and world we realize that  this is another “don’t rush by it Word. TODAY is the day of grace and salvation.

The Lord draws man unto Himself, His Word speaks:

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
    call on Him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for He will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:6-7

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

For He says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, NOW is the time of God’s favor, NOW is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13-14

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21

“Come NOW, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 1:18

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Revelation 22:17

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Salvation

O Heavenly Father, Hallow be Your Name! May Your Spirit fall fresh, usher in repentance, remove blinders, loose shackles, tear down strongholds, set the captive free, bring increase. Glory to Your Name! In the Name of the One Who gave His life that it would be so, Jesus the Christ! Amen!

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Therefore…Hebrews 3:7-19

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Blessings today! As we move on in this Blessed Book of Hebrews, the writer continues to reveal the Supreme, Superior One, Jesus Christ and our need to keep our confidence in Him. Today, we read the rest of Chapter 3 and we will begin to discuss on tomorrow. Please allow me to say once again, that we start with “therefore” so we must look back to see what the there is there for. When we look back we remember all that the Lord has revealed thus far…Jesus is the Superior, Supreme One- greater than angels, the prophets including Moses, greater than anyone or anything because in fact, Jesus is the Creator of all things. He is the unchanging God whose Kingdom will never end and who loves righteousness and hates wickedness and sin! Jesus is the Savior of our souls, His love and grace so mighty that He laid down His life that whosoever believes and receives God’s plan of salvation would have eternal life. Jesus is our Apostle and our merciful and faithful High Priest who destroyed the one who has the power of death, that is the devil.  “Because He himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” Jesus is always with those who receive Him as Lord and Savior! Surely, Jesus is worthy of all glory, honor, praise, exaltation, devotion and worship. Praise His Holy and Righteous Name!

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
    on the day of testing in the wilderness,
where your fathers put me to the test
    and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
    they have not known My ways.’
11 As I swore in My wrath,
    ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the Living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,

“Today, if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was He provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:7-19

My, my, my…see you on tomorrow!

“Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised. The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.”
Psalm 113:1-4 (KJV)

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Jesus, Greater in His Ministry

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2He [Jesus] was faithful to the one who appointed Him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory. Hebrews 3:2-6

The Lord revealed to us in our last post that both Jesus and Moses were faithful in their appointments from the Father. We saw that Moses, while not perfect in his service, God considered him faithful,Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.” Deuteronomy 34:10-12

There can be doubt about Moses’ faithfulness to God and His people and there is no doubt about Jesus’ faithfulness. The Gospel of John gives us verse upon verse as evidence of Jesus faithfulness to His appointment from the Father:

For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. John 6:38

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. John 5:19-20

Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. John 7:18

The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” John 8:29

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4

 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. Luke 22:42 (okay, not John but had to add this one 🙂

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4

We come to Hebrews 3:3 and God speaks again to say that even with Moses’ awesome deeds, there is One who is Greater, One who is Supreme, One who is Sufficient, One who is Superior – His Name is Jesus!  Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.

Verse 4 is a shout now! For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.Jesus is Greater because in actuality He is the Builder!In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John 1:1-4

“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future (verse 5). Moses ministered to the people of God in the Old Testament under the old covenant. He was a servant, steward who spoke of things to come. Jesus ministered to the people of God, the Suffering Servant Who fulfilled the things that Moses gave witness. Jesus is the Son over God’s House, The Way, The Truth, The Life, The Light, The Apostle, The High Priest, The Sacrificial Lamb, The Atonement, The Savior of the world!

Surely, we must bow before The Greater One, The Superior One, The Supreme One, The Sufficient One – Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!

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Hope for today: overcomers

HopeAnd they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Revelation 12:11

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Consider Jesus

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Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. Hebrews 3:1-2

So here we are again, looking at that word “therefore” that tells us to go back and see what the “therefore” is there for. The writer of Hebrews has just used two chapters telling his readers that Jesus is the Superior One, that Jesus is the Supreme One, and the One Sufficient for their/our need including our greatest enemies of satan, sin, and death.

The writer encourages his readers to “consider” Jesus. Give thought, gaze intently, look closely, examine what I have shared with you and come to the right conclusion. In order for us to understand what the writer was saying, we have to understand to whom he was speaking. Just like the writer of the Book of Hebrews is not known because the Lord did not include it in this Book (although most of us have our thoughts), He did not give any specifics as to the exact location of this group of people but it is generally agreed that the book is written primarily to Jews who fall into 3 groups.

  • Jewish believers – true Christians who have left Judaism and received Christ as Lord and Savior
  • Jews who have intellectual agreement but have never committed their lives to Christ, never acted on what they know
  • Jews who have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ but made absolutely no response at all

When you look at these three groups, we can very quickly remove “Jewish/Jews” and but the word “People” and understand that today’s churches are filled with this same audience. Those who believe, those who have intellectual agreement without a heart change, and those who come, hear, and make no response.

Surely, this realization also causes us to pray for an intellectual only response and non-response to the Gospel is a response, it is called rejection. May they answer the Lord’s call before it is everlasting too late.

As we look at verse 1, I am just so blessed and thankful for how the Lord (He is the true writer) describes his audience, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling.” These are the people in the first group above, true believers who have repented, confessed their sins, and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior…prayerfully you and me. What joy to know that the Lord sees us as “holy,” as those who share in a “heavenly calling!” Aw come on now, that is a shout now – “Hallelujah!”

Not holy by our own works but holy by our position in Christ. Again, holy not because of our practice but because of the work Jesus did at the cross and… holy because of our position in Christ and now able to live holy to the glory of God.

And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10

  • For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14
  • Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17
  • As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16

What a delight to my soul! My sins and lawless acts remembered no more for God has said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He has made those with the heavenly calling to be holy! Shout now – Hallelujah!

  • Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:3-4
  •  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

O Father, how I thank You for the grace of holiness made possible in Christ! Never, never, never would this be possible aside from Your love, grace, and mercy but in Christ all things are possible! Blessed is Your Holy Name!
In Jesus Name, we pray! Amen!

Hebrews 10.14

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Hope for today: test the spirits

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Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now. You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

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Hope for today: free indeed

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32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
36 Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.

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Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Psalm 103.1

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless His Holy Name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all His benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
    His acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will He keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does He remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to His children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
    He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear Him,

    and His righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep His covenant
    and remember to do His commandments.
19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
    and His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you His angels,
    you mighty ones who do His word,
    obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the Lord, all His hosts,
    His ministers, who do His will!
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
    in all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,
because You were slain and with Your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God and they will reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Revelation 5:6-14

 Psalm 103.11

 

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