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Hebrews 4 Ministries

"For the word of God is alive and active."
Hebrews 4:12
Daily Devotions for the week
Jesus’ death and shed blood on the cross makes our salvation possible. In Mathew 27:50-51, we see the tearing of the temple veil when Jesus died, symbolic of our ability to now have free access to God. In Hebrews 10:19-23 we are invited to come boldly before the throne of God’s grace, unlike under the old covenant. I have learned to make good of my free access that I now have to God. While godly counsel is good and recommended, we must not neglect going to God ourselves. We can be spiritually lazy and neglect spending time with God in prayer, and instead depend on others to pray for us and tell us what He is saying. It would be crazy if my children NEVER came and spoke to me and depended on a third party to hear what I had to say. This would greatly diminish the quality of our relationship and deeply hurt me. We can be guilty of doing this very thing to our heavenly Father. We can get caught up in hunting down prophetic words from others instead of planting ourselves in the presence of God to hear from Him directly. Confused? Go directly to God. Hurting? Go directly to God. Scared? Go directly to God. Need Healing? Go directly to God. Need forgiveness? Go directly to God. As we reflect with hearts of thanksgiving on the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross, let us be intentional about taking full advantage and go directly to Him.
Hebrews 4:16 says, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Hebrews 10:9-22 says, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” (Written by Anika Jones.)
Do our lives show signs of our faith? Is there evidence of the change that came when we gave our life to Jesus? Some things spring up in our lives because of the grace of God. There are many gifts that the Lord blesses us with because He simply loves us. The Bible tells us that God gives us peace that passes understanding. We are told that our joy comes from the Lord as well as many other wonderful characteristics that come about simply because of God living inside of us. The rest, however, depends on us. We have the ability to live our lives replicating the characteristics of our God (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control according to Galatians 5:23). The Bible calls these our ‘fruit’, meaning that it is what our lives display and produce. When we are born again and renewed by the power of salvation and the Holy Spirit, all these characteristics are planted in our souls. We have the ability to display and produce each of them, but the choice is ours. We can choose to neglect these seeds and bare no fruit, or we can practice them and train ourselves in walking our lives by them. If we cultivate these ‘fruits’, we will show the world the character of God. Matthew 3:8 records John the Baptist warning the religious leaders of his day to “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” None of these godly characteristics are beyond our reach. They are the very things that describe the Holy Spirit who resides in us. It may not be easy. It may not be fun or convenient, but we have the ability to produce ‘good fruit’. The choice is ours to make. Will you join with me in committing to practice the characteristics of a repentant and changed life? (Written by Keegan Harkins.) 
  

Let us never grow too accustomed to the gospel that we no longer find ourselves inspired and moved by the message. Jesus is more than just a man who lived two thousand years ago. He is more than a teacher, more than a prophet, more than a story to be told at holidays or Sunday mornings. Jesus sits on the throne of heaven, at God’s right hand. When his father looked down at humanity and saw how lost we were in our sins. Jesus didn’t hesitate to obey God’s command to leave the comfort of Heaven for the turmoil and pain of this world. Psalm 91:11-12, speaking of Jesus and repeated by Satan as Jesus was tempted in the wilderness before starting his earthly ministry, says, “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” At any point, Jesus could have commanded angels to defend him. All power in Heaven and Earth rests in Jesus’ hand. Image that. When the soldiers beat him, love kept him standing there. When they nailed him to the cross, it was not the nails that held him. It was love. He came for a reason. Love. He didn’t come to just preach the good news. He didn’t come to merely show us the way we are supposed to live. He came knowing his coming would lead to the cross. His love for the very ones who shouted “Crucify him” enabled him to finish the task his father had sent him on.  This weekend, I watched a video of children who had never heard the gospel hearing it for the first time. The look on their faces when they understood the depth of God’s love for them was so dramatic. You could see the power of the gospel written in their tears. Let us never forget that. We can grow cold after years of hearing the gospel, but don’t let yourself. Don’t let the gospel become just a story you have heard over and over. Remember the power and the freedom you felt when the truth of God’s love first spoke to your heart. His love for you has not changed. You are still worth stepping down from his throne and enduring the cross. It is for you that he stayed on that cross. Never forget the freedom you have because of the depth of God’s love. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
“And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me
out this day from the face of the earth: and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a
vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.”
(Genesis 4:13-14)
When I was younger, every time I heard the story of Cain, the emphasis was always on the fact that
because he killed his brother, God pronounced a curse on him (Genesis 4:11-12). But we will miss an
important lesson on the nature of God—that He is Good, if we only focus on that. The response of God
to Cain’s statement in our text showed the true character of God. How did God respond? Did He say,
“Yes, you deserve it”? Let’s see!
Genesis 4:15
“And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him
sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”
Hallelujah! That’s our God. He is good. He is rich in mercy. He is patient and kind. If we will turn to Him,
He will in no wise cast us away. Cain a murderer? And God said that anyone who kills him vengeance
would be taken on such an individual sevenfold. Well, for nobody to be subject to the vengeance, the
text goes on to say, “…And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”
Hallelujah! God is good!
Still, the goodness doesn’t end there! If you read on in verses 16 and 17, you will observe how God was
still good to him. So Friend, you may be in a place where you feel like you are too far from God. But I
have good news today that if you will return, God’s arms are wide open to receive you. They have
always been! He is actually waiting for your response. Respond today and see that God is good and His
mercy endures forever. You are blessed. God loves you. Yes, you! (Written by Daniel Emmanuel.)
Some people get it all wrong about Christ. They make statements like, “I need to get myself together so I
can come to the Lord.” But Jesus came to save sinners and not the righteous. The premise of the gospel
is that when a person comes to Christ, his or her life is a mess. If the gospel is only for “good people,” we
are all hopelessly lost.
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” These are the words of Paul the
apostle in his first epistle to Timothy (1 Timothy 1:15). I am so glad that was and is Jesus' mission.
Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the cross for us. In doing so, He has made provisions for
all to come to Him. Whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. This is the
message we must proclaim everywhere we go.
I am amazed at how such a simple message of repentance and faith in Christ can radically change lives.
Not because of the eloquence of those who share the message, but because Jesus came to save sinners.
He works with us when we reach out to the lost. He changes the lives of sinners for an eternity. He did it
for Paul who was chief of the sinners. Many of us are witnesses that He still does that today. (Written by Frank King.)
We are one church… No matter where we live… No matter what nationality we are or what color our skin is. We are one family. It’s time we act like it. It’s time we break down the walls that divide our family and come together as one – one body of Christ. I may not look like you. I may not sound like you, but I love you because you are my brother and my sister. I may not know all the details of your life, but I will pray for you. I need to know that you will be there for me because that is what family does. We need to support one another. We need to be the safety net and the railing that keeps one another from slipping off the path of God. Do we think of our neighbors this way? Do we care if their walk with Christ remains strong or do we continue on our way with our eyes only on ourselves? “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7) Our love must be deeper than a word. It must be deeper than a smile. We must love one another as brothers and sisters who are invested in each other’s lives. Let us stop loving only skin deep. Let us stop pretending to care about the people we pass by. We are one church. We are one family. We may look different. We may worship different, but we are one. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35) (Written by Keegan Harkins.)

Hebrews 4 Ministries

"For the word of God is alive and active."
Hebrews 4:12