For Reading and Meditation: Isaiah 40:21-31
T he man-centered focus that is creeping into today's Church must be resisted at all costs. Such matters as disciplining children, marital problems and establishing proper priorities should be addressed also, but we must be careful that "market forces" do not mold our theology. People may want to know about these...
Bible Verses: Isaiah 40:21-312 Corinthians 4:13-18Hebrews 3:1Hebrews 12:2Psalms 141:8
For Reading and Meditation: Genesis 1:1-12
We focus on what without doubt is the most noble and loftiest of themes - the nature and character of God. I have noticed that Christians, generally speaking, seem to be preoccupied with knowing more about themselves rather than knowing more about God. Ask any Christian bookshop manager: "What are the best-selling...
Bible Verses: Genesis 1:1-12John 1:1-5Colossians 1:15-20Hebrews 12:2Revelation 1:8
For Reading and Meditation: Hebrews 12:1-13
We ended yesterday by saying that some things in life, such as the desire to have money, can be legitimate concerns but they must be looked upon as desires and never become goals. Permit me to differentiate between the two. A goal is a purpose to which a person is unalterably committed and something for which he or...
Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:1-13Psalms 37:1-11Psalms 21:2Psalms 73:25Proverbs 10:24
For Reading and Meditation: Romans 13:7-14
We continue considering on the fact that the Beatitudes are the finest prescription for mental and spiritual health that has ever been given. It is helpful to keep in mind at this stage in our meditations that the Beatitudes are be-attitudes, not do-attitudes; the doing comes out of the being. Some ministers and...
Bible Verses: Romans 13:7-141 Peter 2:21Matthew 11:29John 13:15Hebrews 12:2
For Reading and Meditation: Galatians 6:1-18
Whenever I hear a person saying that all religions are the same, my mind runs immediately to the cross. If what is found here is true (and I believe it is), and represents the meaning of life, then clearly all religions are not the same. No authentic note of divine self-sacrifice comes from other faiths. The cross...
Bible Verses: Galatians 6:1-18Philippians 3:1-18Colossians 2:14Hebrews 12:2
All Christians have faith, but some of us have but little faith. He who gave us what we have can increase it; and He will if we apply to Him, plead with Him, and wait upon Him.
We need more faith, to enable us to escape the many dangers that are in our path; to do and suffer the Lord's will with patience; to hold fast the faithful word which we have been taught; to grow in grace and holiness; to exercise forgiving love towards those who have grieved, offended, or injured us; and to...
Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:2
It is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus." All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or...
The words chastening, chasteneth, chastisement and chastened occur seven times in the first 11 verses of Hebrews 12:1-29. As a result it is easy for the casual reader to get a wrong impression. He might easily picture God as an angry Father who is forever whipping His children. This misconception arises from thinking of chastening as nothing but punishment.
It is a great relief to learn that chastening in the New Testament has a much...
Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:7Hebrews 12:1-29Hebrews 12:11
Jesus was setting out for Jerusalem on His last journey. Did He not know that He was going straight into danger? He was safe in Perea; why did He not stay there? Why did He leave this shelter - and go straight into the den of lions at Jerusalem? He knew all that awaited Him - but He did not shrink from it; He resolutely set His face to go, because it was the way marked out for Him. The...
Bible Verses: Matthew 20:17-34Hebrews 12:2Matthew 5:8Matthew 20:28
Looking to Jesus.... (Hebrews 12:2 ESV)
There is a real touch of Paul in this Letter to
the Hebrews – "Looking off unto Jesus." Whoever actually wrote this Letter, the
shadow of Paul is over it. His influence is everywhere. And certainly he was
called upon to look off unto Jesus. Now that is a very vital lesson for us to
learn. We have to do that again and again...
Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:2John 15:16
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