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Hebrews 12:3 ” Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Most of us don’t know what it means to be persecuted for the Gospel…to suffer for our beliefs…enduring hardship for the sake of His name.  Most of us have never persevered under threat of bodily harm…or death, in order to reach others for Jesus.  So why then do we lose heart and become offended so easily when we meet opposition?  Suddenly it’s not fun anymore and we don’t like how we’re being treated…so we quit.  Galatians 6:9 tells us,  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”     Not giving up means surrendering our life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and looking to Him as our example of righteous tenacity.

Psalm 42:5 ” Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

The whole of mankind hoped with eager anticipation…awaiting the promise of the fulfillment of the coming Messiah…only to watch Him die a terrible and horrific death on the Cross.  The day after that shocking event, the human soul was holding its breath…struggling to remember the words of Jesus  while despair tried to crowd out any shred of hope.  Human life hung in the balance between hope and hopelessness that fateful day.  But God is the God of hope, (Romans 15:13) and we have this hope as an anchor. (Hebrews 6:19)  So if today,  you’re facing the impossible, the incurable, the irreversible…put your hope in God and fix your eyes on Him.  For if God can raise Jesus from the dead, He can breathe life into your sick, dying body, revive a struggling marriage, or break the chains of addiction off a loved one.  For as long as there is hope, there’s life.

Hebrews 7:17 ” For it is declared: You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

There are many similarities that have been written about Melchizedek and Jesus Christ.  From Psalm 110:4 it says, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”   This King Melchizedek of Salem (early Jerusalem) was also a High Priest…combining both the kingly and priestly duties and later gaining Jewish respect as an ideal Ruler.  In Hebrews 5:6 it tells us that Jesus is the Great High Priest called of God…but He is also the King of kings and the Lord of lords…and Ruler over all.  Jesus is the supreme King and Priest…ruling with justice and compassion.

Hebrews 11:6 ” And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

When we’ve been betrayed by someone we love and trust…it takes a long time to let down our guard and trust again.  We want to trust, but we draw back in apprehension that we’ll just get hurt again.  It’s kind of like two porcupines dancing…desiring the companionship but afraid of the quills!  But when we put our faith in Jesus…when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us.  And in that coming near God, by prayer and cherished fellowship with Him, we are assured that God will never leave us or forsake us…for we learn He loves us with a never-ending love.

Hebrews 12:14 ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

Holiness or sanctification is the process of making something holy.  After all, holiness is necessary for salvation.  We hear the Gospel,  and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and our belief in the truth of God’s Word, we are saved and reconciled to the Lord.  The very personal journey to holiness is an ever upward spiral of becoming more like Jesus and less like you.

I Corinthians 1:9 ” God, Who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”

God is faithful…keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations. (Deuteronomy 7:9)  He is trustworthy, just, and true, unlike anyone else on this planet. For others will betray you…even those professing their love for you.  But God will never go back on His Word.  He can be trusted…so in turn, we can believe in Him.  And in that confidence,  springs hope. (Hebrews 10:23)

Hebrews 10: 37-38 ” For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.’ “

The writer of Hebrews is paraphrasing  Habakkuk 2:3-4 in this passage.  He’s stressing that our spiritual walk is made up of  constant, focused, decisions to trust and obey the Lord…even when we can’t see change.  He warns us against retreating or drawing back from trials simply out of  fear.  If you’re in the middle of a storm today,  don’t allow fear to rule your life…don’t hesitate when apprehension rises in your throat…rather make a conscious decision to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit and walk by faith.