Hebrews 4:14 Hold On Tight

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Hebrews 4:14

All over the world people have some traditions or beliefs that they hold on to. No one can convince them of anything different.

Most people, however, do not hold very tightly to what they believe. Every few days they are changing what they believe is truth. Or they change what they believe, based upon who they are around. Things change on a regular basis, to blend in with everyone else, rather than stand out as different.

The author had just described Jesus as a great high priest. Now he says that in light of that information, one must hold on firmly to the faith they are proclaiming.

Believers have a belief that is different from anything else in the world. It causes them to stand out. It will cause division between them and the rest of the world.

Since there is this division, many believers give up on their faith, in order to fit in with the world and be liked by the world. Others will claim to hold on to their faith in Jesus, but also accept every other belief that is out there as also acceptable.

There is only one way to heaven, one Savior, one God, one truth and one true faith. Believers must realize this and not allow the world to influence them into thinking that there is more than one true faith.

Every believer must hold onto their faith as though holding on to a rope that means life or death to them. It is the most important thing in their life, their belief in Jesus. If they don’t hold onto the faith, then everything is meaningless.

As a believer, you hold a faith that is absolute and sure. It is the firmest truth in existence on this earth. Do not allow the deception and the lies of this world to deceive you into thinking that there are other alternative ways to God.

There is only one way to God, one truth, one Lord, one Savior. Hold on to the faith you have and keep proclaiming it for all of the world to hear and know it. While there may be troubles and hardships now, in the end you will have eternal life with no more troubles.

Hold on fast to the faith you profess.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth of God; that God will open your eyes to the deceptions of this world; that God will keep you from being swayed by lies; and that you will boldly proclaim what you believe in Jesus.

Titus 1:16 What Do Your Actions Show?

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1:16

People will often claim many different things. They will have claims on what they believe or don’t believe. However, actions often show what they truly believe.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe something, but it is much more difficult to prove that believe by actions. Actions will always expose what is in the heart of a person. It often overrides what is being claimed.

As Paul talks to Timothy, he points out a group of people that claim to know God, but really deny Him by their actions. Everything they do is wrong.

In every church the majority of people will openly proclaim that they believe in God. At the same time, many of those same people will live sinful lives just as openly as they claim in church to believe in God.

They will disobey God’s commands without regret. They will participate in sinful activities of the world without repentance. They refuse to repent and live holy lives unto God and before the world.

It is common to hear of unbelievers refusing to go to church because of the hypocrisy in the the church. While it is true that every believer still sins, one should be repentant and strive to change, not purposefully continue to live in a sinful way.

When one chooses to purposefully live in sin, they are unfit for doing anything good and are detestable in the eyes of God.

God has called every believer to live a holy, pure life before Him and the world. Living the life God has called one to live will show up in his actions that everyone can see. Holy actions will show that one actually does know who God is.

If someone was to watch your life and see your actions, what will those actions tell about your knowledge of God? Every action that you do reveals what is in your heart and who you know and are following.

Actions that are pure and holy reveal that you do actually know and follow God. Actions that are sinful and of this world, reveal that you really don’t know God and are not actually following God.

Each day your actions should match what you believe and who you know and follow. What are they saying today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live the holy life God has called you to live; that you will obey God’s commands for your life; and that the world will know by your actions that you know God.

2 Timothy 4:7 Keep Going Until You Finish

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

Physical races are common all over the world. People run or race cars in races in order to win a prize. In order for someone to be good enough to win the first prize, he must work at it and keep running. He must fight against his body crying out for him to stop.

In the same way, there are also many other races that people have to run in life. However, when things get difficult, people give up the fight and stop running the race. They allow others to win the race.

Paul is evidently nearing the end of his life as he tells Timothy that he has fought the good fight and is finishing the race. He never gave up on the faith.

The greatest fight a person can fight is for the fight of his soul and the souls of other people. Living on this earth for God is a race against death and sin. The world does not want anyone to succeed in following God, because it goes against everything they believe.

The world will do whatever it can to stop a believer from following God. For the believer there is a race against time to keep in the race and to finish it. The finish line is when a believer dies.

Many people have succumbed to the pressures of this world to give up the race and quit the faith. They got weary and chose to stop running and fighting for their souls and the souls of others.

Every believer needs to look at what is at the finish line–eternal life. No one knows exactly where is finish line is, but he must never give up on the race and the fight until he crosses the finish line and wins the prize.

As you are going through life, the world will throw every thing it can at you to stop you from following Jesus. Do not give in to the pressure to stop. Do not give up what you know to be truth from God’s word.

Rely upon God strength to keep running and fighting the good faith for your soul and the souls of others. It won’t be long before you will cross the finish line and you don’t want to be caught short of finishing it well with God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hold on to your faith in God; that you will fight against the temptation to sin against God; that you will keep running the race that God has called you to run; and that you will finish the race God has given you.

Galatians 4:17 People Up To No Good

Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them. Galatians 4:17

Most people want everyone else to be on their side. They do not want to be set apart as different and become isolated.

In order to gain everyone’s approval, they will either change their ways to fit in with everyone else, or they will have extreme zeal to get everyone to change to their ways. More often they are fighting to get everyone else to change. Very few people want to change themselves.

After describing some people who were zealous for following the law of God, but not the Spirit of God, Paul says that those people are zealous to win the believers over. They want to separate them from true believers in God to have zeal for them and their ways.

Throughout the church there are many people who focus upon the legal laws of God. They focus on what they should do or not do and impose those laws upon others legalistically. Focus is put on how to dress, what can be done and not done, how much they pray or read the Bible, what day they go to church and many more laws, rather than the heart of service to God and for God.

Jesus had not come to enforce more legal laws upon the people, but to change the heart to love God and want to serve and obey Him. He had fulfilled the law of God, so that anyone who had faith in Him could be saved.

Stepping back into focusing on the law, destroys what Jesus did on the cross. Every believer must have salvation by faith in Jesus, not by following the law.

There will be some who will tell you what you can and cannot do in order to be saved. Doing or not doing things does not save you. Salvation is only by belief in the work of Jesus.

The works that you do are to be done out of love and thankfulness of what Jesus has already done for you. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the zeal of following the law and separating yourself from a true follow of Jesus.

Be zealous for believing Jesus and following Jesus. Be zealous to obey God because of what He has done.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did for you; that you will serve God out of love for what He has done; that you will be zealous for a relationship with God; and that God will keep you from being led astray.

2 Corinthians 12:21 Grieved Over No Repentance

I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. 2 Corinthians 12:21

It is common for people to have expectations of friends and family when they are separated. They expect certain things to happen or to be when the meet up again after a time of being separated.

Discouragement and disappointment often come when these expectations are not met, and even more so when there is not even an attempt to meet the expectations.

Paul tells the church in Corinth that he is concerned that when he sees them again he may be grieved over them, because some will not have repented of sinful ways.

It is expected that people will slip up and sin. No one is perfect, nor can claim to be. The world has no problems with sin and do not expect any change or sorrow for their sins. It is a part of their life.

The believer, however, has a different expectation put upon him. If he does sin, he is expected to repent of it and turn away from the sin. This was the entire purpose of Jesus coming to the earth, dying upon the cross and raising from the dead.

Even though many claim to believe in Jesus, there are many in the church who refuse to repent of certain sins. They continually go back to those sins, refusing to give them up. Sadly, there are also many who claim that certain sinful acts of sexual immorality are acceptable in the eyes of God. They purposefully live in a sinful way, while claiming to be a believer and follower of Jesus.

The heart of every true believer should be grieved over seeing this type of action.

As you consider yourself a believer, you must examine your life for any unrepentant sin. Seek God’s forgiveness and change your ways to live according to God’s holy and righteous standards. Do not purposefully live in sin.

When you see other believers who are refusing to repent, allow your heart to be grieved as God’s heart is grieved. Seek to restore believers who have chosen to not repent and to live in sin. God loves everyone and wants all to be saved. This includes you and every one you know.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins against God; that God will strengthen you to give up all sin; that your heart will be grieved at seeing others sin against God; and that you will be a witness to God’s love, mercy and forgiveness.