IF WE BELIEVE…

Hebrews – God’s Action in Jesus
 
“Trust me! If you wear the jacket you won’t get cold waiting on the bus.” “If you don’t do your homework, you won’t know what is going on during the lesson. You will be lost in the discussion.” “If you don’t go to bed now you will be more tired in the morning.” “If you wear that others are going to see things you do not want to reveal.” “If you drive like that you will have an accident.” “If you …. The list of “if you” goes on and on as we teach our kids how to live in this world. Our desires as parents are for them to be the best and do the best.
 
Do we spend as much time on their belief in God? God has some of the same desires as we do as our Father. IF WE listen closely we hear Him say, “Trust Me. If you believe and obey, you will find rest at the end of this journey.” “Trust Me, if you believe in my Son, you will live with Me now and forever!” “Trust Me, no matter what, I will abide with you, live in you and never leave you.”
 
Hebrews 4 passionIF we believe….Take a moment and let that sink in.
 
Our next passage tells us about believing and behaving with obedience to God and the promises that accompany our belief. The Hebrews messed up centuries earlier in their relationship with God. But there is a way back to an intimate relationship with God, The Father. “Today, please listen…”
 
Hebrews 4, The Message
When the Promises Are Mixed with Faith
4 1-3 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith. Remember that God said,
 
Exasperated, I vowed,
“They’ll never get where they’re going,
never be able to sit down and rest.”
 
3-7 God made that vow, even though he’d finished his part before the foundation of the world. Somewhere it’s written, “God rested the seventh day, having completed his work,” but in this other text he says, “They’ll never be able to sit down and rest.” So this promise has not yet been fulfilled. Those earlier ones never did get to the place of rest because they were disobedient. God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today, just as he did in David’s psalm, centuries later than the original invitation:
 
Today, please listen,
don’t turn a deaf ear . . .
 
8-11 And so this is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.
 
12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.
 
THINK about it…
 
*God’s promises pull us to God’s goal for us…a wonderful, intimate, forever relationship through Jesus Christ, His Son.
 
*God promise of arrival and rest is still there for those who believe. At the end of our journey, “we’ll surely rest with God.”
 
*Don’t give us now! “God means what he says.” Trust Me. We trust His Word to tell us about Him, to believe what His Word says, and to obey and live the journey well. “What He says goes.”
 
*”We can’t get away from it–no matter what.”
 
Hebrews 4 today*Today, listen, trust, believe and obey. Today is the day. Just like the GPS recalculates our direction when we make a wrong turn, God will redirect us back to him…IF we believe.
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for loving us so much that you think about us, know us by name, abide with us when we believe, trust and obey. You love us still when we take a wrong turn and you show us through Jesus, the way back to you. Continue to transform me, working in and through me to be all you intended for me to be and then do.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.
 
The Cross Has the Final Word
 
The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
Sorrow may come in the darkest night
But the cross has the final word
 
There’s nothing stronger, nothing higher
There’s nothing greater than the name of Jesus
All the honor, all the power
All the glory to the name of Jesus
 
The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
Evil may put up its strongest fight
But the cross has the final word
 
There’s nothing stronger, nothing higher
Nothing greater than the name of Jesus
All the honor, all the power
All the glory to the name of Jesus
 
The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
The Savior has come with the morning light
The cross has the final word
 

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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