Tag Archive for: Hebrews

Drawing Near to God

Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:7-8)

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Let’s break down the four elements of this passage:  (1) Submitting to God (2) Resisting the devil (3) Drawing near to God; and all of this is made possible through number (4) cleansing our hearts and making our way right with the Lord.  It’s time to dive in deeper to all that God has for us.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God.”

Some people do not like to hear the word submit.  They want control over their own lives because somehow they think they can do better than God can.  I know I can’t.  I see the beginning of this passage and I recognize my complete need to surrender my life before the Lord.  He is the One with the answers, the One who knows the plans He has for my life, and He alone will be my strength through all things I face.  It is my true delight to simply surrender to the One who gives me life.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

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Just Give Me Jesus

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

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Someone Worth Dying For

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

Strength through Scripture ~ Part 1

For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

This last week I received an email that broke my heart.  I heard from someone who is really going through a tough time.  I know that she is not the only one.  I’ve come across quite a few people this last week who are hurting, angry at circumstances, and broken.  I’ve learned that I can’t change circumstances.  I can’t make things better.  But I know the One who can provide strength through these difficult times.

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By Faith Alone

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

What does faith look like?  Perhaps it looks a little like this…

It took faith for Noah to build an ark for the rain that would come.  Something he hadn’t seen before.

It took faith for Abraham to leave his homeland and obediently walk to the land God had called him to.

It took faith for Joseph to believe in his dreams.

It took faith for Moses to trust that God would set His people free.

It took faith for the Israelites to cross the Red Sea.

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