I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
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
Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! As we have focused on Hebrews, my heart has been touched by the Holy Spirit’s revealing Jesus as the Superior One…Superior to any ‘g’od we may choose to worship. My heart has been pressed all the more with the need for every person to know Jesus in an intimate, personal, devoted relationship. Today’s post are just a few Tozer quotes and most importantly, Scriptures that I hope will bring Selah moments, pause and ponder. Be blessed today in the Presence of the Lord!
But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 2:9
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.15 As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice,do not harden your heartsas you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:12-19
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20
And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. (Mark 8:34–35)
“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me. “I, even I, am the Lord, And there is no savior besides Me. “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, And there was no strange god among you; So you are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And I am God. “Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?” Isaiah 43:10-13
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21
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.
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
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.”
2 Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish:
2 I called to the Lord in my distress, and He answered me. I cried out for help in the belly of Sheol; You heard my voice. 3 You threw me into the depths, into the heart of the seas, and the current overcame me. All Your breakers and Your billows swept over me. 4 But I said: I have been banished from Your sight, yet I will look once more toward Your holy temple. 5 The waters engulfed me up to the neck; the watery depths overcame me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 I sank to the foundations of the mountains; the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever! But You raised my life from the Pit, Lord my God! 7 As my life was fading away, I remembered Yahweh. My prayer came to You, to Your holy temple. 8 Those who cling to worthless idols forsake faithful love, 9 but as for me, I will sacrifice to You with a voice of thanksgiving. I will fulfill what I have vowed. Salvation is from the Lord!
10 Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
“…since a promise remains of entering His rest…” Hebrews 4
Blessings today! We are moving forward in the Book of Hebrews and I pray you will join me in reading Hebrews 4. I am asking the LORD to open His Word to our hearts and our hearts to His Word. I can on speak for one person and that is myself but I would not be an instrument of God’s glory if I did not share the great joy and peace I have in knowing that He is the Sovereign and that there is rest in Him. In the midst of the turmoil and chaos of this world, rest is available. I give testimony of His goodness and faithfulness to allow my soul to find rest in Him alone.
May Hebrews 4 be a blessings to your soul and we will begin to discuss on tomorrow.
4 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
“So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’”
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
The Word Discovers Our Condition
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 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.
Our Compassionate High Priest
14 Seeing then that 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 cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.