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Hebrews 4 Ministries

"For the word of God is alive and active."
Hebrews 4:12
Daily Devotions for the week
Giving can come in many shapes and forms. You can give something up, you can give your time, and you can even give your life. However, giving can be more than just handing someone a Christmas present.
When you give you also receive. You can receive love, thankfulness, and divine appreciation, even if it sometimes does not show. However, when it truly means something, you don’t just give because you are forced to. You should give because you want to. This is what makes giving so special: when it comes from your heart.
For example, a man named Jim Elliot gave his life for love. When he was a missionary in the Equator jungle, he was witnessing to a tribe called the Aucas. They were not friendly and killed everyone who came into their territory. Jim thought they were ready for him and his fellow missionaries to meet them but, they were not. When they came at him with spears raised, he had a choice: pull out his gun and kill them or die. However, Jim and the other missionaries had promised to never kill another person. So, Jim chose to keep his gun in the holster. He chose to give his life so others could live. He gave his life for love. He gave up his temporary life for an eternal one. Later on, his wife and their daughter also chose to give when they showed the Aucas forgiveness and continued Jim’s work in witnessing to them. Many members of the tribe became believers. Jim and his family stood up for what they believed in, love, and did not back down. He gave his life and received a much better one in heaven. These kinds of stories make me think “what would I sacrifice my life for? What would I give up so I or someone else may receive something greater?”
I would sacrifice my life for my faith. I would give my life, or something I have, for someone else. I have a general love for people so it is hard sometimes when I am challenged with giving something up. I may love this one object but, my friend needs it more. You don’t have to do something big and fantastic to sacrifice something in your life. It can be as small as sacrificing some of your soda, letting someone have some of your lunch, or giving someone a ride home from school. Even just being kind and giving a friendly smile can change a person’s day.
When you give, you sacrifice part of your life or in some cases your life itself. Some people don’t have the courage to stand up for what they believe in. I am telling you this: don’t be afraid! Don’t give up! God is in control. Present all your worries and fears to Him. He’s got you in the palm of His hand. Fight for what you believe in, and don’t back down. “You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” -Amy Carmichael  (Written by Emily Koppenhaver.)
  
Many, if not most people today, are on a spiritual journey of some kind. They may not know what it is
that they are looking for. But, if and when they find it, they will know that they have.  The error of many
today is that they are looking for something or someone to fill that unique place within them that only a
relationship with Christ can fill.
Some people go from one denomination to another and one religion to another in their quest for
spiritual fulfillment. Others may pursue that objective through the many works they do in the name of
the Lord.
But Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt.
11:28). He is speaking to a specific group of people—those who labor and are overburdened.  Spiritual
fulfillment cannot come from a denomination or a religion. Neither will it come through local church
affiliation or working in the church. It can come only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
He invites all to come to Him.
Are you the one Jesus is talking to? Are you tired? Are you heavily laden from failed efforts of trying to
find spiritual contentment and rest for your soul? Jesus says, come to Him. He will give you rest. (Written by Frank King.)
  
When we pray, let us actually believe the miracles we ask for wait at our door. What good is it if we pray without believing? What joy can be had from a hope that never reaches our heart? James 5:16 tells us, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Pray is more than something we resort to when life throws us trouble. It is powerful and effective. It should be our first defense and never an afterthought. When we pray, let us remember that NOTHING is beyond the power of God. “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) When Peter was sent to prison on the whim of an evil king who though his imprisonment would bring him favor with his subjects, the church began to pray. They huddled together in the house of Mary the mother of John. As they prayed, the Lord moved. He sent an angel to free Peter from prison… the very thing the believers were praying for. Upon his deliverance, Peter when to Mary’s house and knocked at the door. When the servant girl told the people praying that Peter was at the door knocking, they replied (Acts 12:15-16), “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.” Was this not exactly what they had been praying for? Why were they so surprised? Jesus told us in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” It’s time we started believing God will do what we cry out to Him for. God is never far from a heart that is devoted to Him. When we pray, let us pray for His will and then believe it will be done. When we say “Amen” believe that God is moving – even if we can’t see it. Nothing can stop God’s will from unfolding in our lives… NOTHING. It’s time we pray like we mean it and start looking for those mountains in our lives to move! (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
  

  
I love to talk. There is no denying that. I’m that person who breaks the awkward silence in the room and strike up conversation with strangers.  I love to make people feel more at ease by talking to them.  While this is sometimes a good thing, I am learning that there are times in which I just need to be quiet. Be quiet when my advice, as good as it may be, is not wanted. Be quiet when I am tempted to prove how much knowledge I have and be a ‘know it all.’ Be quiet when anger is stirring within me and my harsh words will only add fuel to the fire. Be quiet when I am tempted to prove my point by out-talking the other person, so I can win the argument. Be quiet when I am in God’s presence and give Him a chance to speak to me. Yes, I am finding great value in knowing when to be quiet.  How about you?  Proverbs 10:19 “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” Proverbs 17:28 “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.” James 1:19 “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (Written by Anika Jones.)
  
We can become so busy with our goals and plans that we miss the silent signs pointing to God’s plan. Let us take a step back. Let us block out the noise and distractions and come quietly to the throne of God. The loudest voice is not always the one that is right. 1 Kings 19:12 tells us of Elijah waiting for the Lord. It says, “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” God wasn’t in the earthquake. He wasn’t in the fire. He came to His servant with a gentle whisper. God calls to us in the middle of this crazy life, not with a microphone, not with a band playing or neon lights flashing. He comes and gently knocks on the door of our heart and whispers, “Let me in.” Will you answer? Will you notice? Shut out the distractions and listen with a quiet heart. Embrace the whispers of worship, and find your Savior waiting in the still, small voice beckoning you home. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)  
  
  
Start. Just start already. I cannot tell you how many ideas died in my head because I talked myself out of starting. I am amazed at how much energy I used to kill a dream before it was even born. Fear and self-doubt are serial killers, killers of dreams & purpose. They trip us up before we even get to the starting line, that is, if we let them. I must be done with the excuses and all the why not's. I am done with thinking of all the ways I could possibly fail. I am done having tea parties with doubt and procrastination. I am so over it! I am making the choice to walk by faith and not by sight. Faith is the fuel that gives me the ability to START! God has placed so much on my heart and by His grace, I am going to START because I have purpose to fulfill. How about you? Do you have a difficult time starting? (Written by Anika Jones.)
  

Hebrews 4 Ministries

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