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Hebrews 4 Ministries

"For the word of God is alive and active."
Hebrews 4:12
Daily Devotions for the week
Why does the name of Jesus offend so many if it were not the name by which all men will be saved? Why does the Bible attract so many accusers who wish to dissect and disprove the miracles it contains if not for the lies of Satan it destroys? If Christianity were simply an archaic mythology, atheists would not be so offended by our faith. Consider the implications of the world’s hatred for our God. If He did not exist, why would they care? If He was not the one to call the planets into being, why would they rally and fight so hard to discredit our belief? If we were simply misguided sheep stumbling around in the fog of our delusion, would they not simply pass us by and carry on their way? Consider the “Flat Earth People”. There is a group of men and women in this world who refuse to believe that the earth is in fact round. They claim the space program a hoax and satellite images a mirage and the result of skilled photo manipulations. While many scoff and outright laugh at their stubborn refusal to see the truth, ‘world religions’ like atheism and Darwinism have not risen up with the sole purpose of proving them wrong. Laws have not been made to punish such ill-informed people. Riots do not form to picket and protest their misguided belief. Why? Because there is no truth in their claim. Their beliefs do not threaten the unseen demonic principalities of this world. Christianity does because Christianity is not a delusion or product of ignorance. Jesus is the Son of God. God is the Creator of the Universe and the Holy Spirit is our Counselor and Comforter on this earth. There is power in the truth. There is power in faith, and that power threatens the darkness. When the world rages at the truth that sets men free from the bondage of sin and lies, it only proves our faith more and more. If darkness did not fight against our faith, our faith would not be reflecting the light that ends the darkness’ reign. Wow to us if our religion does not offend the forces of darkness. Shout out the words of Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ because it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.” (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
There is freedom in Christ. We hold to this truth like a lifeline in the storms of this world. Verses like John 8:36 lighten our heart with joy when we read, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” But, do we understand the freedom Christ offers? Have we twisted his words to fit our selfish and sinful desires? What are we free from? Are we free from responsibility, consequences, obligations? We cannot simply read one verse and understand the entire heart of Jesus’ message. If we read a few verses before this verse, we read where John 8:34 says, “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.’” Jesus set us free from being slaves to sin. This freedom, this glorious and life-giving freedom, is not a license to feed our cardinal and sinful desires. 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20 reminds us that we are no longer slaves to sin, but we belong to God. It says, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price.” and Romans 6:22 further clarifies it by saying, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” The Bible tells us very clearly that we either belong to the darkness, or we belong to the light. Until Jesus set us free, we were bound to obey the desires of the sin that controlled our lives. Sin, like a suffocating addiction, pulls us, entices us and molds our decisions in order to pleasure that sinful temptation. Jesus paid the price to buy us from sin’s cold grasp. His blood set us free to be children of God. Now, we belong to God. As His children, we obey His commands. We deny the tendencies of our hearts to run after sinful pleasures. We are free from sin. Not, free to sin. That is the difference. Sin no longer dictates our choices. We will still be tempted in all the usual ways. The difference is that we now have the power, through Christ in us and through the Holy Spirit who resides in our hearts, to resist temptation and pursue righteousness. There is beautiful freedom in Christ, but it is not the freedom to serve ourselves. Rather, we have been given the freedom to deny our sinful tendencies and rise above their corruption. Jesus set us free from the snare of sin that pulled us further and further down into the pit of death. Now, we belong to God, and He carries us above the pain and into eternal and glorious life. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) In the study of the Bible, we need to pay attention to the use of the word “all” which is “pas” in the original Greek. When we see the word “all”, it doesn’t mean all and everything that exists, but specific things in the context of the verses it was used. Let’s see an example: Romans 8:32: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
The “all things” is definitely within the context and not all things that exists. We will soon find that out, but also observe that he used the phrase “all things” in
verse 28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” The all things that work together for good would also be the things that have been freely given to us in Christ. So what are these things? “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Verses 29-30) The things are foreknowledge, predestination, being called, justified, and glorified (in the resurrection). These are what believers have been freely given. So, the all things working together doesn’t speak of everything whether good or bad that occurs in a believer’s life, but these specific things we have mentioned. You are blessed. God loves you. Yes, you! (Written by Daniel Emmanuel.)
Mathew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” It is necessary to explain why peace is needed before one can understand the job of a peacemaker. Sin separated us from a Holy God. However, Romans 5:1 reminds us that the work of Jesus Christ on the cross made reconciliation with God possible. The blood of Jesus allows us to be at peace with God the Father. Since I have been reconciled to the Father and I am at peace with Him, I am now called to bring that same peace to others (2 Corinthians 5:18). Simply put, being a peacemaker means that I bring the good news of salvation to a dying and confused world. Peacemakers are reconcilers. They pray with great fervency for revival to break out in the land and for the hearts of people to be turned to God.
Peacemakers will often offend those who are in sin because they speak the truth of God’s word. That truth is sharp and powerful and goes straight to the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Those who choose to continue in sin will never receive the peacemakers. However, rejected truth is still true!
There is so much chaos going on in the world and the root of it all is sin. Well-meaning individuals employ different strategies to accomplish world peace. However, world peace can NEVER happen through human plans, it can only be accomplished through the blood of Jesus. Good actions and legislations cannot bring lasting peace, only an acceptance of the finished work of Christ on the cross can do that. Rejecting Jesus is rejecting peace. After all, He is called the Prince of Peace in Isaiah 9:6.
Oh, that the church will arise and embrace the call to be peacemakers! (Written by Anika Jones.)
Stand firm in all that you do for the Lord. Don’t give up when it looks like nothing you are doing is making any difference. You are an important part of God’s plan for this world, your country, your city, your neighborhood, and your family. You… just you… just the way you are – with all your quirks, struggles, talents and limitations. You were placed in this place and this time for a mighty purpose. Do not tire of doing good in the face of the darkness that tries relentlessly to swallow our world. 1 Corinthians 15:58 encourages us by saying, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” When we stand for God, we stand as a shield to the hopeless. We stand as an anchor to the weak. We stand as a net for the falling. When we stand, we change our world. You may never know who important your stand is until the day you stand on Heaven’s golden streets. On that day, you look around you and see the faces of people who walked by your life. People who noticed your stand for Christ and stood beside you. On that day, you will hear the stories of the ones your faith inspired. On that day, you will understand that “your labor in the Lord is not in vain”. Hold fast to your faith and stand firm upon the message of Christ’s love. The darkness cannot silence the message of God. Though it rages, it cannot erase one letter from the Gospel. Though sin threatens to consume our world, when we stand for Christ, we stop the tirade of evil from swallowing everything in its path. Only you can be who God designed you to be. Stand tall. Stand firm and stand with love and open arms for the ones around you. Be Jesus on this earth until He returns and takes us home. You may not see the harvest you are a part of, but one day heaven will embrace the fruit of your work. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
 
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
Although, we may not have seen what we have been trusting God for since the year, month or week began, we know with all certainty that He is working behind the scene for our good. Therefore, we rejoice in the Lord, and again we rejoice thereby staying open to receiving of His good treasures. Beloved, rejoicing is a powerful choice to make, especially when things are not working and yielding results. The enemy knows and understands this power and will fight us to give up on it. Real joy is tried when the account balance reads zero, when it seems like health is failing, plans and great dreams not falling through, disappointment here and there, hopes dashed away, and everything seems bleak and gloomy. Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord always! Joy is not dependent on happenings, nope. Happiness is. Happiness often shows up and answers a roll call once there's a real reason in view. It's not certain. Its way is too circumstantial in nature. But, there's a higher realm where circumstances and situations don't dictate our inner state of being or positive disposition to life. Why not? Because we know that this too shall pass!
The subtle enemy will always play us a replay of the business that is not thriving, relationship that is yet to happen, the one that has happened that is not like the relationship goals, IG pictures we see and covet, oops. My dear, “the grass is greener on the other side” is not always true. It might just be rubber! He paints the grades that's nose diving and health that is failing as worthy of being mourned and cried over. That's his way, he is super good with it. But we know that his target is to puncture our joy and cause depression to set in. We say NO WAY! HUSH MR D!
Joy is that fruit produced in every Believer in Christ. It is that one force that fuels us with strength to overcome every hurdle on our journey through life. “And Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit.” (Luke 10:21).
Praying and singing in the Spirit is one way to activate the Joy of the Holy Ghost. The flesh is too weak for joy dear. Keep the spirit switched on! Get your eyes off the situations and get them affixed on the joy of your salvation—Jesus. Get the spirit in charge and burst forth with singing, making melody in your heart to the Lord despite it all. The joy of the Holy Ghost is simply overwhelming. Get up from the whining and get into the wine of joy, Beloved! Beloved, it doesn't matter what you're going through at the moment. You can choose to have joy in the God of your salvation even though it's counterintuitive choice to make. I trust that God will surely come through for you. Oh yes! He always does come through for us. Beloved, it's working but it takes joy to behold it. Sadness and sorrow have a terrible sight! See it in the eyes of joy. Rejoice Beloved and again I say Rejoice! I rejoice! Always! Glory!!!! (Written by Oluchi White.)

Hebrews 4 Ministries

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