Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Did Not Benefit Them

Hebrews 4:1-3 (ESV Strong's)

1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,

“As I swore in my wrath,

‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.

One aspect of fearing the Lord is the fear of not reaching Him. Once we see the light and blessings that lie ahead, we should be eager and intent on making that journey. The Holy Spirit will lead the way, just as Christ has shown us the way. Both are sent to us to bring us to the Father. 

The experience of the Israelites in the wilderness serves as example that faith is needed to complete the journey. Beginning the journey is an awesome and wonderful thing. Finishing the journey is the awesome and wonderful thing that is beyond our imagination. 

The key to our salvation is faith. It is placing our faith in Christ and keeping that faith. It was predetermined before the foundation of the world that we would come to Him by having faith in His power and grace. That we would choose Him. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

On The Top Of The Mountain

Numbers 20:24-28 (ESV Strong's)

24 “Let Aaron be gathered to his people, for he shall not enter the land that I have given to the people of Israel, because you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah. 25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son and bring them up to Mount Hor. 26 And strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron shall be gathered to his people and shall die there.” 27 Moses did as the Lord commanded. And they went up Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. 28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.

Not every mountaintop experience with the Lord turns out well. Our obedience and trust in Him will determine how we will be judged. 

Hebrews 10:31 (ESV Strong's)

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Monday, September 16, 2019

The Sovereign Choice

1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV Strong's)

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

To love God is the sovereign choice of mankind. The sovereign God has given us that choice. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Falling Away

Hebrews 3:12-19 (ESV Strong's)

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.

It seems that we can believe, yet lose our way due to unbelief. Sin ranges from the blatant rebellion that lies within us all to a subtle deception that appears innocent in the beginning but whose fruit becomes bitter yet needful. Our confidence and faith comes from the Lord, but we must do our part in receiving and nurturing the gifts of Christ. 

The Israelites who witnessed the wonder and power of Almighty God soon forgot what they had seen and would fall in their wilderness journey to rise no more. They would never receive the promised land that was their inheritance because they lost sight of who they were and where they were going. 

The same temptations are common to all mankind and we can become distracted and hardened by the deceitfulness of sin so that we fall short of our destination and destiny. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Astray In Their Heart

Hebrews 3:7-11 (ESV Strong's)

T7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,

on the day of testing in the wilderness,

9 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.’”

Our time on earth is a time of testing. Will we find ourselves? Will we find God and follow Him? Will we find life in life? This is the journey of each person in the wilderness of the world. If we overcome the world as Jesus did, we will find His rest. 

The world is filled with good and bad, and the knowledge of good and evil. God is our reference and measure to know the difference. To forgo God is to wander astray on this earth, for He is the only way to find His rest, which is only found in our hearts and is the world to overcome. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

God’s House

Hebrews 3:1-6 (ESV Strong's)

1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Those who have answered His call and are in Jesus have become the house of God. He is the builder and cornerstone of the dwelling place of God, which is the body of Christ. 

Moses built the tabernacle of the tent of meeting according to the pattern given to Him from heaven. He was faithful in God’s house as a servant. It was but a shadow of that which was to come. 

Jesus builds the living temple filled with His everlasting life of those who are faithful in God’s house as His sons. He is the heavenly tabernacle manifest on the earth. 

The least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than all who dwell on the earth. It is a heavenly calling and a work of God. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Your Portion

Numbers 18:20 (NASB Strong's)

Then the Lord said to Aaron, “You shall have no inheritance in their land nor own any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the sons of Israel.

We in the Bride of Christ are a royal priesthood whose inheritance is the Lord, for we are sons of the living God.