Hebrews 7:18-19 A Better Hope

The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:18-19

Laws are something that is bitter-sweet for most people. The majority of people like the laws, because it shows them what is right and what is wrong. It gives them a guideline by which they expect others to live.

At the same time, many people hate the laws, because it also can restrict them from what they can and cannot do. Laws bind people up more than releases them from bondage.

The author of Hebrews points out the the old law was worthless in that it could not make a person perfect. Since it was worthless and failing, a better hope was introduced to allow man to get close to God.

Most people in the church like to know what God’s laws are. It gives them guidance as to how to live their lives. They want a checklist of what to do or not to do, so that they can see where they are succeeding or not succeeding in following God.

The challenge comes that with the more one knows the laws of God, the more he realizes that he cannot fulfill every one of them in his own power. He is constantly battling with failure to obey God’s laws and thus looks bad (in his eyes) before God.

God knew that this would happen, so He sent Jesus to provide the way to Him. Attempting to follow the law would produce failure, so Jesus came to fulfill the law and provide the much needed salvation and freedom from sin.

Following Jesus will allow the believer to take his focus off of sin and put it upon God.

You are probably struggling with sin as most believers are. You sin, repent, and then sin again are frustrated with yourself. Instead of focusing on following God’s law, focus on following Jesus and the way He lived. Do what He did and is doing, so that you will not have time to sin.

Live in the forgiveness that Jesus provides. Allow yourself to be guided by the Holy Spirit that Jesus sent to strengthen and help you.

As you rely upon what Jesus did for you, you will be able to draw closer to God, and flee further from sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will rely upon God’s grace for your life; that you will focus your life on following Jesus; that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; and that you will produce fruit in keeping with God’s commands.

Hebrews 5:8 Obedience Through Suffering

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered Hebrews 5:8

Learning is something that everyone needs to do. People have to learn how to do many different things. It starts as a baby and continues for the rest of one’s life.

The process of learning is sometimes very easy and other times very difficult. Many times it is often a process of trial and error.

In order to learn, one must be willing to discipline himself to hold to a certain way of doing something. It takes one to put aside old ways and doing something new or different.

The author of Hebrews Jesus as the Son of God, yet, points out that He had to learn obedience. This obedience was learned by suffering.

No one really wants to suffer. Suffering often portrays a bad connotation and people often avoid it. In the process of learning something new, there is always an element of suffering or pain. The suffering is giving up old ways, putting aside fun to learn, and staying motivated when it looks rough.

Every believer is supposed to be in complete, perfect obedience of God. Learning to do this is a process of going through difficult times…suffering. It is putting of self and focusing upon what God wants, rather than what self wants.

The more one can put aside selfish desires and do what God wants, the more he learns to be obedient towards God. He begins to realize that everything God has for him to do is for his benefit and to build His kingdom.

Since God is infinite, there is never an end to learning to be more obedient towards God. There will always be something new to learn and trust God in. God will always bring a believer to new levels.

When struggles come your way or you need to give up something, realize it is a training ground for your faith in God. Do not lose faith and give up on God when struggles come, but grow in your faith and obedience towards God.

Allow God to build you into the man or woman of faith that mirrors the image of God. Discipline yourself to say no to your own selfish desires and yes towards what God has for you.

The suffering that you are going through is only light and momentary in light of the eternal life that is to come and the lessons being learned.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will learn to obey God in every area of life; that you will allow God to teach you obedience; that you will trust God in everything; and that learn as Jesus learned.

Galatians 6:15 All That Really Matters

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Galatians 6:15

Every person has an idea what is most important in every situation. Each person’s idea of what is most important can be very different. The focal point is what is different.

Some will focus on wealth, while others will focus on position or title. Some will focus on self, while others will focus upon family or others.

Depending upon a person’s point of view, will depend upon what the person is willing to say is most important.

After discussing about laws and what to obey, Paul says that neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything. The whole point is a new creation.

Everywhere a person goes there are lots of different regulations or laws governing what a person can and cannot do. There is guidance as to how things are to be done or not to be done. Following the laws often shows the person is a good person.

In the church, there have been many laws established. Most of which are man-made laws to make people look good. Many of these laws do not really have any effect upon a person’s heart with God.

The real sign of whether one believes in God and follows Jesus or not is seen in being a new creation. The follower of Jesus must be someone who has become a new person.

He must be willing to give up his old ways of sin and live his life as Jesus lived His. If one does not become a new creation, his following or not following the law does not really mean anything at all.

The new creation will love and serve God and others from the heart, not out of obligation or law. God’s law will be written upon his heart, not just the mind.

As you go through life, you must ask yourself why you obey the laws that you do. If your heart is not right before God and things are done with the right motive, all your obedience to the law means nothing and is worthless.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to come upon you and change you from the inside out. Allow God to make you into a new creation that loves and serves God from the heart and not out of duty.

Are you the living dead in the law? Or are you a new creation in Christ Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a new creation in Christ Jesus; that you will love and serve God from the heart; that you will do everything out of love for God; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and change you.

Romans 16:19 Wise And Innocent

Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. Romans 16:19 People like to know about nearly everything. It does not matter what the subject is about, many people desire to know more. Knowledge makes a person appear as wise and in the know.

One type of knowledge that people desire to know is the garbage in other people’s lives. It is the bad news that sells and gets the most coverage in the media world. It is evil things that sell the most in the movie world.

Paul commended the people for their obedience, but gives them a warning. He wants them to be wise in what is good, but very innocent in what is evil.

Many believers are known to desire to know about false religions. They study the false religions and ways of the world. This is done in order that they may know what the world is thinking, believing and doing.

The problem comes in that many have fallen for the beliefs of the world. They choose to do the same evil as the world does, because it looks good as they study it. They are deceived.

If every believer was to focus his attention on God and what God wants, he will not be deceived into doing evil in any way. He will not have time to choose to sin.

Knowing what is evil does not really help a person in any way. Knowing evil does not draw a person towards God, but rather away from God.

As a believer strives to know God and His ways, he will be able to turn away from sin more and more. He will draw closer to God and become more like Jesus, rather than more like the evil world.

Everyday you have a choice as to what you will focus your attention on. Do not allow yourself to be drawn into looking at what is evil. You do not need to study evil in order to know what is good or to help someone else.

Study God’s word and present His word to this fallen world. The people do not need anything more or less than God’s word.

As Paul said, be wise in what is good–God, and innocent in what is evil–sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will focus your life on knowing God more; that God will turn your attention away from what is sinful; that you will speak God’s words to the people; and that you will live as Jesus lived.

John14:21 Obedience Equals Love

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. John 14:21

Everyone who is in leadership expects to be obeyed. However, this obedience is often to be done out of duty and respect, having nothing to do with love.

Inside a family the command to be obedient will sometimes be expected out of love, although most often it is still out of respect and pure demand. Most expect obedience out of dictatorial position that one must just obey because of the position.

Jesus had been talking about obeying Him and God. He stated that the one who really loves Him is the one who will obey Him.

Obedience is often seen as a demand or requirement, but rarely seen as a act of true love. Loving God means that one will not want to ever hurt or do anything wrong to Him.

When a person realizes the true love that God has for him, perfect love that will never do harm, he will desire to never hurt God in any way. This means he will never want to do anything, in anyway against God. This is where love and obedience meet together.

The believer who loves God, will thus obey God, not out of fear or duty, but out of love. His love will show up in revealing his trust in God to obey His every command. God gives commands, not to lord it over a person, but out of love to build that person up into the best he can be.

The amount one obeys God reveals how much he truly loves God. The more obedience, the more love. The less obedience, the less love.

As a believer, you most likely express that you love God. Now you must ask yourself how much do you love God and how do you show that love.

Do not be like the world and just say you love, but show it by your obedience. Love God in word and in action. Know that God will never command you to do something that is not the best for you. His love and commands to you are perfect for building you and His kingdom up.

Do you really love God or is your words just words?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love to you; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will obey all of God’s commands; and that you will show your love to God in obeying Him.