Sunday, August 11, 2013

Hebrews (Bible in 90 Days)

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Have you ever felt like you were struggling with your faith in Christ? Hebrews was written with the purpose to prove to the Jews that Christ was both sufficient and superior. He fulfilled the laws, conquered sin and shattered all barriers between the people and God, which provided the opportunity for eternal life with the Father.

During this time of persecution after Christ's death and resurrection, many Jews turned from or refused Christianity because Judaism was what they knew and what they were comfortable with. Even now, we have this same struggle with the world. Being of the world, for many of us, is all we know and what we feel comfortable with. Even for those who grow up in a Christian environment, the world has its ways to lull you into complacency.

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Living for Christ is hard. You have to be nice to people who aren't nice to you, you have to step our of your comfort zone before you can even begin to change. You have to sacrifice your time and efforts to spend time with God and help others. Why would we do all of this anyway? Because it is worth it. And because Christ died so that we may have the freedom to live a life of peace and joy.

Hebrews 1:3 -- "The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven."

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Hebrews gives us hope because Christ is with us, even while we suffer. He can guard and guide us, not only because he is God, but also because he was man.

Hebrews 2:18 -- "Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested."

There is so much amazing encouragement in Hebrews. One of the highlights of the book is the "Faith Chapter," which is chapter 11.

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Hebrews 11:6 -- "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him."

Chapter 11 lists off many of the great men and women of faith throughout the entire Bible. From Abel to Noah to Abraham and Sarah to Moses to David and many more. Though even all of those great names, you are still as important because the story isn't finished until God closes the whole book.

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Hebrews 11:40 -- "For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us."

God's Kingdom is here, right now, and we are a part of it. Christ is in us and walking among us guarding and guiding us through all of our trials and triumphs.
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