November 22, 2018

What I read today

2 Chronicles 36; Job 16; Obadiah; John 21; Hebrews 10-11

Hebrews is a complicated book.  It jumps all over the place as you read it.  Chapter 10 talks about Jesus sacrifice for our sins.  Then tells us to watch out that we don’t lose our faith and wander away and even goes so far as to say if we willfully sin we can lose our faith.

That’s confusing because many of us struggle with sin.  We fight and lose.  We try to change our ways but wind up right back where we started.

Then chapter 11 talks about faith.  It defines faith.  It tells us we can’t do anything apart from faith.

It can be confusing, can’t it?

In the end, there is a subtle comment in chapter 11 verse 40 that I think tells us what the author is telling us about.  He says that we are being “made perfect.”

It’s easy to read these chapters and think that we must be “perfect.”  Then we can fall into despair because we realize that we are far from perfect.  The answer is that when we come to faith in Jesus, the process of being perfected in our daily lives will be ongoing and lifelong.  The reality is that we will never accomplish that goal in this lifetime.  That’s why Jesus had to come to the earth.  He had to be the one to make us perfect.  It’s his perfect life that we are given when we trust Jesus for our salvation.

November 21, 2018

What I read today

2 Chronicles 35; Job 15; Amos 9; John 20; Hebrews 8-9

Where will you spend eternity?

It’s a question that haunts each one of us.  Hebrews 9 tells us of a Savior who’s very purpose was to provide each and every one of us a way to spend eternity with him.  A savior who sacrificed himself so that mankind would have a way to God.

Are you eagerly waiting for him?

November 20, 2018

What I read today

2 Chronicles 34; Job 13-14; Amos 8; John 19; Hebrews 6-7

Amos 8 vs. 11-12, “The time is surely coming, says the Lord Godwhen I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lordbut they shall not find it.”

So many are searching today. Searching for the mysterious “it”.  We have churches on every corner.  We have multiple TV channels with ministries preaching every hour of the day.  Entire bookstores filled with Christian books and devotionals.  Yet many don’t seem to find what they are looking for.

God hasn’t withdrawn his word from us, but the world has drowned it out with other voices.

If we want to be closer to God, if we want to find meaning in our lives, then we need to return to the place where we can see and hear God’s voice.  We need to return to his word and listen intently at the feet of Jesus.

November 19, 2018

What I read today

2 Chronicles 33; Job 11-12; Amos 7; John 18; Hebrews 4-5

Hebrews 5 vs 11-14 talk about our spiritual growth.

How many times does it happen?  A person comes into a church as a new member.  He shows up regularly.  But as time goes on he begins to miss an occasional Sunday.  Soon he’s missing more often.  Then he’s missing a month at a time.  At the end maybe it’s just Christmas and Easter.

He was so full of fire initially, what happened?

Our spiritual life is like our physical life.  If we deny ourselves food we lose weight.  If we go long enough without food we die.  If we ate only one meal a weak the likelihood is that we wouldn’t last long.

Our spiritual growth is dependent on what we do after Sunday.  Do we spend time in the Bible?  Do we spend time in Prayer?

We need to do these things if we want to grow our faith and love of our Savior.

November 18, 2018

What I read today

2 Chronicles 32; Job 9-10; Amos 6; John 17; Hebrews 2-3

Jesus spends 26 verses telling us a few simple truths.

First is that God loved each of us so much that Jesus came to earth.

Second, that Jesus gave us his very words to guide our lives and our thoughts.

Finally, the world will not accept the message and may not accept those who believe Jesus teachings.