2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. Colossians 2:2-5
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
” What, 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!
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. 35 I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:32-35
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
We are moving forward in the Book of Hebrews and I pray you will join me in reading Hebrews 5. I am asking the LORD to open His Word to our hearts and our hearts to His Word. Thank you for joining me!
Qualifications for High Priesthood
5 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. 3 Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. 4 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.
A Priest Forever
5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”
6 As He also says in another place:
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”;
7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
The Precious Word of God! Thank You, Jesus!
May you be blessed today!
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. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
These verses are so refreshing, so encouraging, and so very hopeful. They are like a breath of fresh air in the midst of so much turmoil and pain. There is hope…promised hope guaranteed by God Himself.
The hope of a High Priest who is able to identify with our weaknesses and struggles, who has been tempted in every respect as we are and yet without sin. Do you see it?
The blessing, the benefit of holding fast to our confession and confidence (3:6)? There is a Throne of Grace and our Loving Savior sits on that Throne to minister mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. You just have to excuse me because this is a “Shout-now, Hallelujah!”
Tell me who is it that does not mercy (not giving us what we deserve) and grace (giving us what we don’t deserve) as we work out our salvation in fear and trembling? As true believers, we are given the great privilege of running to Jesus without fear of rejection or judgment but with confidence in His compassion for His own. He says bring it all right here, every weight, every sin, every trial, every hurt, every need, every care…cast it all right here for I care for you (1 Peter 5:12). Be still and know that I Am God (Psalm 46:10)!
It is a promise not to reject or chastise us but to pour out grace upon grace (John 1:16). “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace (John 1:16).” God is able. Nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 18:27). He has promised to meet our need, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).”
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in His love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13
I am praising the Lord today for His Word…that The Living Word of God is able to cut right through the mess in my heart to defeat the enemy and I can walk in the victory in Jesus died to give me. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10″.
And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. John 17:3 AMPC
So thankful that the Word of God is not dead but lives and has the power to change the heart, to turn the heart of stone into the heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). This truth is so important because as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” The LORD is the One who knows every man’s heart and His Word is able to change it. The Word is able to penetrate the heart of man more than any two edged, sharp sword…deep into the innermost being and it exposes the heart of man.
The Word judges the thoughts, attitudes, motive, and intent of a man. This is why I often pray from Psalm 139, search me and know my heart…lay it bare. Show me the ‘Pat’ You know. Let there me no evil unbelief in my heart. Let me not cherish sin. Give me a clean heart that loves You with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength…that I might serve You and display Your glory!
Only the Word of God teamed with the Spirit of God can “pierce even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow” to reveal to man the true inner workings of his soul and spirit. There is no hiding or room for getting it twisted, verse 13 assures us that God sees us all, every heart, through and through, nothing is “hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” The LORD is the Great Reveal-er and is no respecter of persons. No one will be excluded.
What a blessing it is that God loves us so much that He deals with our hearts in this way. “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:10-12}.”
The Word of God leads us in the way of repentance, renewal, and refreshment as our loving Father washes us by His Word and causes us to walk in obedient faith and claim His promises. The Day of accounting is coming, what a joy to know that because of the Living and Powerful Word of God that transforms and keeps hearts, it is possible for us to hear the LORD say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master (Matthew 25:21).”
So looking forward to that Day when we will bow before the Almighty, Holy, and Righteous God and proclaim
“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the glory,
because of Your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1
Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today’s focus is “diligence.” Hebrews 4 encourages us, “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest.” I pray that today’s Scriptures and images will encourage us to practice diligence in every aspect of our lives to the glory of God and our blessing and benefit.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
But diligence is man’s precious possession. Proverbs 12:27
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless… 2 Peter 3:14
He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich. Proverbs 10:4
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord…Romans 12:10-11
“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest.”