Oct 30 OVERFLOWING WITH GRATITUDE!
THANK YOU FOR PATIENT ENDURANCE.
A Verse to Remember:
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thess 5:18
Gospel Story: Luke 11:5-13 Patient Endurance in Prayer.
Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 10:26-39
Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. 28 For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. 30 For we know the one who said,“I will take revenge.I will pay them back.” He also said,“The Lord will judge his own people.”
31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.32 Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. 35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.37 “For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. 38 And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”[ 39 But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.
The author is quick to make sure we don’t see the Gospel as freedom to sin. His whole emphasis on God’s judgement and how it will certainly be worse if we continue in sin after receiving Christ. But then again the author is clear that “we are not “like those who turn from God to their own destruction”. instead he presents the gift of “patient endurance”.
Have you ever thought of “patient endurance” as miracle working faith. Well it is. There are “better things that last forever” … “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord”. Patient endurance is our key to God’s reward manifesting itself in our lives. Once you have accepted all that Jesus has done for you, what more do you need? Hebrews tells us, “patient endurance is what you need now so that will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised!!” Alleluia and Amen!
Remember, Hebrews 6:15, “Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise”. In the words of James, “let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.” (1:4). Yes God, I am grateful for patient endurance. Let it do its work in me…. in us!!!