Accountibility–Hebrews 3 Part 2

We are all frail human beings.  There is not one person, who while under attack, is not apt to fail. The enemy knows that.  That is why he roams like a lion to and fro around the earth seeking whom he may devour.  So, the trick becomes placing ourselves in situations where we are protected and accountable.  It is so easy to lose focus for a small period of time.  Stress, trials, depression or simply busy schedules can cause us to take our eyes off of eternity.  When we do, the enemy pounces and seeks to neutralize us or better yet destroy us. 

Knowing that, we need to watch each other’s back.  We need to pray, to encourage and ask the difficult questions to each other.  As we build accountability into our lives, we also build strength in the family.  We dispel the lies that we are alone.  We defeat the argument that we have to be strong and do this on our own.  We humble ourselves before our Lord and admit we need him and each other.  Finally, we defeat the enemies plan to separate us from the group to destroy us.  We need the Lord and we need each other.  Do not fear accountability, it can be your best friend…Literally!

God Bless You

Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters.[f] Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 15 Remember what it says:

“Today when you hear his voice,
    don’t harden your hearts
    as Israel did when they rebelled

Our Glorious Lord–Hebrews 3 Part 1

It is difficult to completely grasp the amazing truth about Jesus.  Our minds can sort of comprehend that he is God, became flesh and then died for our sin.  As a result, we humble ourselves and accept the gift of life he offers.  But, if we could only begin to understand that–as God he created the universe.  He made us and did so for the purpose of loving us and spending days and nights fellowshipping with us.  But we denounced the relationship, and we drove a gap between us that only he could fill. 

That is what makes him so awesome. He did not make the mess–but he completely emptied himself of all his Godly powers and traits and became the author and perfector of our faith.  He not only gave his life, but he taught us how to live life.  In return, he only asked that we follow him and trust him.  It is a wonderful offer.  But, it becomes ohso much more wonderful when you realize what it cost him to make the offer.

God Bless You

And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and[a] are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger[b] and High Priest. 2 For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire[c] house.

3 But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. 4 For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.

5 Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. 6 But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.

Mission Him Possible–Hebrews 2 part 3

Man had taken a perfectly good creation and made a mess of it.  God’s intention was to be in fellowship with us and provide a wonderful life for us.  Then sin entered the world and through time destroyed everything God built.  God knew there would only be one way to fix it—he had to restore what had been destroyed.  He knew that he had to do it as a human and had to give up all advantages. Enter Jesus! God came as a human and defeated Satan as a human to restore the relationship he had with humans. 

When we live our lives, it is important to remember that God understands the things we face.  He faced them as well.  He knows temptation, rejection, trials and all other life circumstance.  He loves us and simply wants for us to enjoy an eternity with him.  He was willing to strip himself of an eternity of advantages so that we could return to fellowship with him.  That is true love and devotion.  All he asks is that we follow him so that he can provide freedom and peace in our lives. 

Thank You Lord for your sacrifice and your provision.

God Bless You

14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had[g] the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

16 We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters,[h] so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. 18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.

Why Does God Think of Us–Hebrews 2 Part 2

Why does God even bother? When he created us he did so to have fellowship with him. He gave us free choice and created us in his image–his selflessness, his love and his ability to think, reason and choose to move past instinct.  God made us a little lower than the angels–but gave us authority over all things.  It was his desire for us to remain close to him and dependent on him.

Sadly, we naturally choose to be independent of him.  We want the power he provides, but, not the fellowship or his leadership.  We simply feel we can do it better than him. Since Adam and Eve–we choose knowledge and power over life and peace. That is why God sent Jesus to restore the relationship he created us have.  His one desire was, is and always will be to have fellowship with us–he wants to talk as a welcome friend, not a fearful subject.  If we simply submit to him as Lord–he gives us authority over everything else.  That seems a fair trade–to me.

God Bless You

“What are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    or a son of man[a] that you should care for him?
Yet you made them only a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.[b]
You gave them authority over all things.”[c]

Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority. What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. 10 God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.

Don’t Drift–Hebrews 2 Part 1

COMI__Lost_at_Sea_by_ancretNothing stays put! Our faith no more remains stable than the very stars and galaxies our Lord sets out for us to watch and remember him by.  There is drifting in the oceans, glaciers, and as my dentist tells me–even teeth!(LOL).  Point is, we have to invest in our faith daily.  We have to decide that it is a component of discipline that we cannot neglect.  Otherwise, we will fall prey to the attacks of our enemy that changed the lives of such passionate followers as Noah, David, Solomon, Uzziah, Moses and many others.  They started out with a passion, but, as they grew older–they drifted into complacent mediocrity.

One of the Bible’s great stories is that of Caleb, Joshua’s buddy. In, Joshua 14, he makes a request, “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old!… Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”

Passion is not controlled by age. We choose to serve, to trust and to act according to his will and purpose.  Life wears us out. But, If we truly believe–then our age and life experience are only markers and teachers to assist us in finishing the Journey and keeping the faith.  We have to try harder to stay passionate–but, we also have volumes of answered prayers to substantiate God’s strength and provision.  Help me, Lord to be like Caleb!

God Bless You

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Jesus–Greater than the Angels–Hebrews 1 Part 2

There is no doubt that Jesus is Lord of all. But often, those that do not know God lump him in with other spiritual beings.  They consider Jesus like any other angel…Well, that simply is not the truth.  Jesus is God! he is not a spirit, he is not an angel, He is God.  Men try to politely cast him as a great prophet, a great teacher or some sort of deluded “do-gooder”–But whether men try to minimize his deity or classify him as just another angel, he simply is wholly and uniquely God.

Knowing that, we need to honor him as God and follow him as our Lord.   He loves us and simply wants this journey to prepare us for an eternity with him. But, we cannot mistake his love, grace and mercy for signs of weakness or denouncing his authority.  He is Lord first and Savior second.  As such, we must follow him and submit to his lordship in order to know and receive his saving grace and mercy. It was never about “Praying the Prayer”.  It was always about submitting to him your will and your life.

God Bless You

For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus:

“You are my Son.
    Today I have become your Father.[a]

God also said,

“I will be his Father,
    and he will be my Son.”[b]

And when he brought his supreme[c] Son into the world, God said,[d]

“Let all of God’s angels worship him.”[e]

Regarding the angels, he says,

“He sends his angels like the winds,
    his servants like flames of fire.”[f]

But to the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
    You rule with a scepter of justice.
You love justice and hate evil.
    Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you,
    pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”

How Great Thou Art–Hebrews 1 Part 1

 How truly Great is the Lord Jesus Christ…He is the greatest of all.  God created the universe through him. He made himself nothing and became a simple human being–and while, in that body, he suffered and experienced all that the rest of us have experienced, he remained perfect and committed to restoring to us what the enemy had stolen and we had thrown away.  Then God exalted him to the highest place–Gave him a name above EVERY name. (Philippians 2:6-11)

We do not follow and worship just anyone–we follow the one true Lord and master that loves us and gives himself for us. He has proven himself great, and he has proven himself committed to our eternal restoration.  He was selfless beyond measure and seeks us personally.  He simply asks us to trust him and follow him.  Then he will restore us for eternity and guide us, protect us and provide for our needs.  Seems like a fair deal to me!

God Bless You

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.