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Hebrews 4 Ministries

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

These are the daily devotionals posted last week at our Facebook page. (www.Facebook.com/ColoringThroughtheBible)

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     Coloring Through the Bible is a Facebook page that offers daily inspirations and encouragements. I know that not everyone 'colors' in their Bible, but the for those of us who do, the verses that are highlighted hold a special meaning. As we read scripture we color or highlight the verses that speak to us and encourage or challenge us. That is the motivation behind these daily devotionals. I hope that you will be encouraged and challenged as you read. To see all of the devotionals, please click here to visit www.Facebook.com/ColoringThroughtheBible. If you would prefer to receive these as a daily email, please send us an email via our Contact Us page. 
The Bible tells us to, “Be joyful always,” in 1 Thessalonians 5:16. I have to admit, that command doesn’t always come easily. There are plenty of things in this life that steal our joy and leave us sad and depressed. Life isn’t easy, and this world is filled with opportunities to dwell on the negativity surrounding us each day. So then, how can God expect us to “be joyful always”? What about when we are struggling? What about during the darkest and hardest times of our lives? Can we be joyful then? Habakkuk 3:17-18 declares just that. It says, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” You see, joy comes – not from our circumstances but – from our faith, hope and trust in God. Roehrs Franzmann explains it like this, “To hold to Him in faith is to rejoice in Him, to find in Him a joy which is independent even of His good gifts and depends on Him alone: ‘There is nothing upon earth that I desire besides Thee.’ (Psalm 73:25)” We rejoice and are joyful always because we are always in the palm of God’s hand and He always is in control. Find the beauty in the chaos and the blessing in the pain because even our darkest hours have something to rejoice about. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
Mark 4:21 says, “And He said to them ‘Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?’” In the same way, we should put our faith on a stand, not hide it away when in public and then open up during church. We should be open 24 hours a day. Mark 4:22 and 23 say, “For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” So, whether it be at school or at the store, let your ‘light’ shine. (Written by Johnathan Harkins.)

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The thing about faith is that it requires everything we have. It requires our pride, our trust, our determination, and all our belief. Faith doesn’t always hand us the answers. Often it reveals only a sliver of God’s plans. Faith isn’t the solution to our problems. Rather, faith is the key to unlocking our destiny. As long as we struggle to force our will, we will continue to find obstacle after obstacle blocking our way. The more we attempt in vain to prepare for a future we cannot see, the less we find ourselves able to keep up with the changing of time. Faith unlocks our future by reminding us of the power beyond our sight. Faith blindly follows the only one who clearly sees the way, and that is why faith is all we truly need. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)

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One of the things we are swiftly losing in our increasingly introverted society is the gift of hospitality. The more we stare into our cell phones and spend hours lost in the screens of our televisions and computers, the farther we grow from the people around us. Where once neighbors used to drop by for a cup of tea and a friendly visit, now most of us don’t know our neighbor’s names. It is possible to create friendships with people halfway around the world and never step foot out of our homes. Technology is pretty cool. The fact that you are reading these words shows just how easy it has become to connect with people who live far away and may not even speak the same language. As amazing as that is, we cannot afford to lose the ability and desire to welcome people and care for the people we see (or walk past) every day. Hebrews 13:1-2 reminds us, “Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers., for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” The bottom line is brotherly love. Let’s look up from our screens and see the people around us. Let’s be aware of the needs we can become the answer to. As amazing as it is that we can visit with people thousands of miles away with the simple click of a button, we must not lose the desire to visit with the people right next door. Spread some kindness today. Share a smile and maybe a cup of tea. Who knows whom you meet when you do. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
In him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace (Ephesians 1:7, NIV). Our God is rich in mercy. His grace is abundant. His Love is unfailing. Our sin was great, but His Love was greater. Friend, there is no sin too big for Him to forgive. There is no past so dark that He can't create a new beginning. There is nothing you have ever done that the blood of Jesus can't cleanse. The measure of your sin not withstanding, He has chosen to forgive you anyway. He chose you before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4). Now that is a love not to be rejected. That's the beauty of the Cross. Even when we were dead in sin, God loved us and quickened us from that state (Ephesians 2:4-5). Now you are a new creature in Christ and don't have to do wrong (1 John 2:1-2) because sin no longer has dominion over you (Romans 6:14)! But know that God's forgiveness is still available to you if you make a mistake (1 John 1:9). If you have made a mistake, this is not the time to run from God, you are to run to Him and receive forgiveness and continue in your walk with Him without guilt. Also, we now have God's nature in us which gives us the ability to forgive just as He does. So if someone does us wrong, we should be able to forgive quickly from the knowledge of how God has forgiven us. So if you need to receive forgiveness, go to God today. And if you need to give forgiveness, do it today. You are blessed. God loves you. Yes you!!! (Written by Daniel Emmanuel.)
When we look at ourselves through the lens of our failures and shortcomings, we will never see how we could ever be enough for God. When we let our fears make decisions that faith should, we will find ourselves too frightened to try, too timid to walk by faith. Sometimes what God calls us to do doesn’t make sense. We have been hurt and humiliated before, how can we try again? Praise God, He doesn’t see us the way we often look at ourselves. When my children first began to walk, they fell far more then they succeeded. When my oldest tried to ride a bike for the first time, he crashed constantly. He wanted to give up, but I held on instead. Fall after fall, we pick our children up. Try after try, we cheer them on because we know they were designed to run. God is many things, Sovereign Ruler, Judge, Creator, Shield, Salvation, but most importantly, Father. He doesn’t mind that we fall, in fact like an earthly father, He expects His children to fall a few times before figuring it out. But He holds on. He picks us up again. He runs beside us as we start to take off and cheers when we finish the race He designed for us to run. Let’s look at our failures as stepping stones; moments of teaching, training and preparation. Don’t let them hold you down. Your Heavenly Father is right beside you, holding out His hand to pick you up again. Trust Him and try again. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)

Hebrews 4 Ministries

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