Christian Devotional – October 10, 2018

Change. Whether you like it or not, it is a fact of life for most things. However, one thing never changes. Read Hebrews chapter 13.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 NASB

Jesus Christ never changes. He is always there and is always the same, no matter what the situation or circumstances. He provides the foundation we need to navigate all the rest of the change that swirls around us every single day. Are we resting in Him and His stability today?

Christian Devotional – October 6, 2018

People are watching you.  Yes this includes your neighbors, your friends, and your coworkers, but there are also others who are watching and witnessing how you respond in obedience to Christ. Read Hebrews chapter 13.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:1 NASB

There is a cloud of witnesses that is watching. And what are they watching for? They are looking for us to lay aside everything that might get in our way of walking in obedience. They are there to help hold us accountable to all that God has for us. Are we running the race that God has set before us with boldness, confidence, and integrity? Others are watching.

Christian Devotional – October 4, 2018

The Hall of Faith.  What does it take to have faith in God? What would it take to be listed among the heroes in Hebrews chapter 11? Read through this amazing chapter.

And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
Hebrews 11:39 NASB

Part of faith is understanding that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He said He will do. All of these people understood that God’s promise to them was amazing and that He would fulfill that promise in the right time, even if it meant they were not alive to see it. Are we confident in God’s plan to follow through on what he says he will? This faith in what God WILL do, instead of what God had already done is how they demonstrated their focus and devotion to God. Are we showing the same focus and devotion to God? Do we truly have faith in Him?

Christian Devotional – October 2, 2018

Stop working so hard! That may seem a strange thing to say, but often we are busy working hard to try to earns God’s love and favor. Even those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord spend too much time “working” to please Him. See what it says in Hebrews chapter 10.

For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.
Hebrews 10:1 NASB

All those rules that the Jewish people had were only a shadow of what God desires to do in our lives. Those laws couldn’t save us. They were put in place to help us realize that we can never be good enough and need saving. Do we accept God’s gift and do we allow Him to live through us? Only He can live the life that is pleasing to Him.

Christian Devotional – October 1, 2018

Christ came before, and He’s coming again. As we read the Bible, we understand that Christ came the first time to pay the price for our sins, but the second time He is coming in victory. See Hebrews 9.

so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
Hebrews 9:28 NASB

The second time He comes won’t be about sin, instead it will be in victory. Have we accepted His sacrifice from the first time so that we are ready for the salvation He brings with the second time He comes?

Christian Devotional – September 28, 2018

Jesus Christ is our high priest. He works on our behalf for us to truly know and understand all that he has for us. Are we listening to Him? See Hebrews chapter 8.

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
Hebrews 8:1 NASB

Jesus works on our behalf. He has taken His seat at the right hand of God and He is our high priest forever, as we learned yesterday. Do we trust Him in all that He does and is doing?

Christian Devotional – September 27, 2018

What difference does it make if Jesus lives forever? Actually, it makes a huge difference. As Jesus is the one who died for our sins and rose again victorious, it makes a great deal of difference that He is still living. See what it says in Hebrews chapter 7.

but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 7:24‭-‬25 NASB

Because Jesus is the one who died on our behalf and who intercedes for us, the fact the he still lives to continue to do that is crucial. He has a permanent priesthood because He will never die or cease to do that which He has already done. We can trust in Jesus because He always lives to stand in the gap between us with our sin and a Holy God.

Christian Devotional – September 26, 2018

God does not forget us. Some days, it can certainly feel like it. Going through difficulties and hard times can sometimes result in feeling that God has forgotten us, but see what it says in Hebrews 6.

For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
Hebrews 6:10 NASB

It would be unjust if God forgot us and what we have done for Him. God is not unjust and He will continue to reward us for the work that we have done out of love for Him. God sees us and God knows what we are going through. Will we continue to trust Him, knowing that He has not forgotten us?

Christian Devotional – September 24, 2018

How do we learn to be obedient?  As a child, when we are disobedient, we get in trouble and have punishments. Those can range from more chores to timeout to anything in between. See what Hebrews 5 says about Jesus and obedience.

Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
Hebrews 5:8 NASB

Jesus learned obedience through suffering. He came to understand and obey because of the things that he suffered in His life.  If Jesus learned obedience through suffering, how do we expect to learn except through suffering as well. God knows what he is allowing us to go through in our lives, and it is often so that we will have a better understanding of who he is, which will result in us loving him more and obeying him more freely. Are we seeking to learn him more and obey him more? Are we learning the lessons that God has for us in the situations that he brings us through in our lives?

Christian Devotional – September 23, 2018

God’s Word is powerful. It is the spoken word of God and we must recognize what it can do in us and through us. Read Hebrews chapter 4.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NASB

It is active, living, and it can absolutely pierce through all the “stuff” in our lives that gets in our way or distracts us from God. Do we spend time in God’s Word? Do we measure up our life next to the expectations that His Word sets? Like a surgeon’s knife, God’s Word can carve away the pieces of our lives that are not following Him.