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Hebrews 4 Ministries

"For the word of God is alive and active."
Hebrews 4:12
Daily Devotions for the week
I cannot tell you how many times I hear the words, “You don’t have a real job.” People tell me this as if it were an excuse and a reason for me to be able to do their every whim. I’ve heard it from people with good intentions as well as malicious ones. In truth, I do not have a “regular” job. I do not go to an office. I do not punch a time clock. I do; however, work. I work for the Lord. I work many, many hours in service to my king. There are many who see this as idle; however. There are many who dismiss worship and religious sacrifice as pastimes, hobbies, or things we relegate to early Sunday morning. But, does God see them that way?  Matthew Henry once wrote, “The malice of Satan has often represented the service and worship of God, as fit employment only for those who have nothing else to do, and the business only the idle; whereas, it is the duty of those who are most busy in the world.”  Do not allow others to discourage you from setting everything else aside and spending time with the Lord. The world may not understand. Our friends and family may not understand. Still, it is our duty as a Christian to worship, pray, and continue to learn from God‘s word.  Don’t allow the world’s expectations to distract you from that duty.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.“ The most important job we will ever do cannot be measured by a paycheck. The most important job we were ever fulfil is the one God writes on our heart.  So, don’t be afraid to break from tradition. Don’t be afraid to decline an offer in order to have time to spend with your God. Make worship a priority. We all have many jobs to do in this life, but there is only one with eternal consequences.  Don’t allow the pressures of society to keep you from working for the Lord. (Written by Keegan Harkins.) 

September 11th holds special meaning for many of us here in the United States. Most of us remember just what we were doing when we heard the news that our country had been attacked and the Twin Towers were falling. Those of us with family and friends in New York City tried desperately to get ahold of our loved ones while we scanned every image on the television for signs of their wellbeing. I try to help my children understand the importance of that day, but for them it is only a history lesson. Neither of them was born when the smoke filled our skies. None of them knew friends who desperately jumped from falling buildings or gave their lives saving others. Neither of them understands the feeling of seeing people and knowing there is no way they will survive the next few hours. Anyone who has ever experienced war understands it though, and it makes me wonder: Why would God allow such violence to continue on this earth? It is a valid question, one that has been asked many times throughout history. If I am to believe (and I do) God’s word in Romans 8:28, I have to believe God has a reason for even these horrors. Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” What purpose could war and death possibly have? I believe that answer looks very different in different people’s lives. Some find courage previously unknown, others embrace compassion. For me, remembering this day all those years ago stirs my spirit and overflows my heart. When I think of the people, far above the impact of the rouge planes that toppled the skyscrapers, I am reminded of ones who find themselves in the same situation, spiritually. I understand, just a tiny bit, the heavy heart of God. In the same way I watched those doomed souls struggling to escape the inescapable, God watches over this world. So many people wander around in darkness because they have rejected the Way, the Truth, and the Life. They strive and search, never accepting the future rushing upon them, and all the while, God watches. He reaches out to offer them salvation, love and forgiveness, but many – far too many – refuse. As you hear stories of war and devastation, remember the Lord. Remember that He watches and waits for His children to turn back to Him. Let these stories fan your courage into a righteous flame. No one knows how long we have left on this earth. More importantly, no one can fathom the length of eternity. Many are searching in the dark. Be the light that leads them home. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
Come and find the place where hopes lay.
See how fragile the box of dreams appears.
Though it trembles,
Yet will it stay.
 
Come and hear the moment when God calls it forth.
See it grow with His loving touch.
Though for a moment, we may have doubted.
Yet in His hands, our faith finds worth.
 
Come and feel the strength of God's power.
See the transformation begin.
All of us who trust need never fear.
There will always be room in God's mighty tower.
(Written by Keegan Harkins.)
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” (Acts 17:24) Paul, in addressing the Greeks, made the statement in our text. This is something to ponder, “God does not dwell in temples made with hands.” Notice Paul didn’t say God no longer dwells in temples made with hands. He said clearly that God doesn’t. He never has and never will! Why would he be so sure? Look at this statement from the verse, “God that made the world and all things therein...”. Did you see that? God who made the world won’t NEED a manmade building to have His abode. God doesn’t need temples made with hands to have a dwelling place, He made the world and all therein! Hallelujah! This doesn’t just apply to Ancient Greek temples or other temples alone, but to Jewish temples also. God never dwelt in Solomon’s temple. That’s why we are not to attach extra importance to worship venues. No church building, however grand it may be can in itself be special. No building is special. But the most humbling truth is that God Who made the world and all therein has chosen to dwell in the believer. He has chosen to dwell in you and I! Think about that: God in all His greatness chose to live in us who believe in Him. Glory! That’s why Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” God has chosen to dwell in the believer through His Spirit. (See Ephesians 2:21-22). This is the reality of the man in Christ (not gender specific). God dwells in him. God lives on his inside. Wherever he is, God is. When the believer goes to a church building, God is there because he is there and vice versa. Friend, if you believe in Jesus, you carry the presence of God wherever you go. You are the house of God. This is something to believe. This is something to cherish and acknowledge every day. So you get up in the morning and begin to proclaim, Oh Lord, thank You for choosing to live in Him. Thank You for taking habitation in me by your Spirit. Be conscious of this always. You are blessed. God loves you. Yes, you! (Written by Daniel Emmanuel.)
The word discipline doesn’t fill us with joy and excitement. In fact, it kind of does the opposite. When we think of discipline, we often think of an unpleasant experience. Because the word discipline is directly connected to some type of failure, mistake, or rebellion, it isn’t really something we long to experience. The Bible puts a different spin on the word discipline though. Psalm 94:12 says, “Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord, the man you teach from your law.” When I was a child and received discipline, I don’t remember feeling blessed. Even as an adult, when I experienced times of discipline at the Lord’s hand, I rarely feel blessed in the moment. When I step back from the moment; however, I begin to see just how blessed I truly am in those situations. And undisciplined child becomes an on employable adult. An undisciplined adult soon finds themselves in situations with disastrous consequences. Discipline serves a purpose. The book of Hebrews tells us that when God disciplines us, He is treating us as sons and daughters. Chapter 12, verse eleven, Explains, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Discipline provides us with an opportunity to grow. It trains us in righteousness. Just as parents discipline their child to keep them from going astray and to mold their character for their own good, God disciplines His child for their benefit. Let us never resist the training of our souls and the development of our character. Instead, let us submit to God’s authority and allow Him to lead us and shape us into a reflection of His design. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
Our faith begins in our heart. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” Imagine the difference that makes in our lives. When Christ is the core of our personality, he shows up in every part of who we are. When we hide God in our heart, our heart will begin to overflow with righteousness, and love, peace, and hope. You see, Christ has to be Lord in our heart and not just on our lips. He must control the driving force of our life. God wants our everything. He wants our heart. He doesn’t want lip service. He doesn’t want a follower that follows his own path. Instead, He wants sons and daughters who obediently chase after His will. There are so many things clamoring to be the ruler of our lives, but the choice is completely up to us. What will you choose? Would you choose to allow money to be your driving force? Perhaps, you will choose relationships and social status. Are you bold enough to choose Christ as Lord at the cost of your own comfort and desires? Whatever choice we make, we must be prepared to face the consequences. Every choice in our life, comes at a cost. When we choose to make Christ the Lord of our life, we choose to walk away from the things this world has to offer. When we choose to pursue the momentary pleasures of this world, we likewise choose to walk away from the internal grace of our Father in Heaven. Whom and what we chase after controls the direction of our life, and it all begins in our heart. Our mouth can say we follow God, but it is in our heart that the truth is discovered. On the final day, when you stand before God’s throne and He looks into your heart, will he find his own reflection? (Written by Keegan Harkins.)

Hebrews 4 Ministries

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