June 21, Memory Verse

Hebrews 12_3

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Hebrews 12:3 Don’t Grow Weary

“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3

Every believer has times of challenges. Many of those challenges cannot be linked to a single person, but are just the challenges of life. Some of these challenges are vehicle break-downs, bills due, sickness and injuries. These are difficulties that cannot be blamed on a single person.

The other types of challenges that believers will face is opposition of non-believers. These can come in a very wide variety of ways. Although not common in America, it can come in direct violence to a person. A non-believer physically harms a believer for what they believe in.

The more common way is in words and side actions. It is very common to hear someone make derogatory remarks about someone who believes in Jesus. Watch television or movies and see how often Christians are made fun of and cut down for what they believe.

Another way that can happen but is hard to directly see or prove is overlooking a promotion at a work place. There are non-believing bosses who take actions against a believer because of his belief.

This can also happen in other areas where the believer is over-looked for something or dismissed because of his beliefs. In public meetings, there have been times where a believer is totally dismissed just because of their belief.

Regardless of how the attacks come it can hurt a person. You will feel the pain. At times these attacks will be one right after the other, wearing you down. The author of Hebrews states that you must think about Jesus and what He went through.

Jesus was accused of following the devil, breaking the Sabbath, and even blasphemy. None of these things were true. In the end, He had to suffer the pain of being crucified for something He did not do. Yet, through it all Jesus remained faithful to God and trusted in Him.

Keep Jesus in mind while you are going through attacks. If He can hang in there through what He went through and did not give up. Do not grow weary or lose heart. God can and will give you the strength to keep going if you keep your eyes and faith on Him.

I pray today that God will strengthen you in all challenges you face; that you will not grow weary of following Jesus; that you will not lose heart in the promises God has made; and that you will be a witness for Jesus in everything.

Hebrews 12:3 Don’t Grow Weary

“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3

The one to be considered here is Jesus. Throughout His ministry many had ridiculed Him and tried to harm Him. Ultimately He was sent to the cross. When Jesus stood before Pilate, He did not say anything in His defense. He was quiet and defenseless. While getting beat with a whip, and punched, and spit upon Jesus did not retaliate nor give up. Jesus went to the cross without a fight, not even a word was said. And while on the cross, Jesus even prayed for the forgiveness of the people who put Him there.

Today you may be going through some hardship and are wondering where God is at in all of it. Life just seems to be throwing you only rotten eggs and nothing good is happening. You know that God said He would take care of all of your needs, yet none of your needs seem to be met. In fact, the needs seem to get greater and great all the time. You may feel like you are at the end of the rope and are drowning in failure and loss.

You are urged to consider what Jesus went through. To consider is to think about, ponder about, and take into account. Look at what Jesus had gone through in the process of going to the cross. Most people have not gone through even a small portion of the suffering Jesus had to go through. In America most people struggle with what to wear that day and which food to eat later in the day. As Americans we go through very little harsh persecution. Yet we go through smaller struggles in life and often wonder where God is at.

Today you need to look to Jesus when things are looking terrible for you. Remember what He had to go through just to save you when you did not want Him and was one of them who put Him on the cross. Do not get weary! Do not lose heart! Focus on the finish line, not the pain of here and now. At the end of the line we will have perfect life in heaven for all eternity. It will be worth it all! Jesus endured the cross because He knew it would be worth it. So far God has not brought you even close to having to endure the cross. Do not give up! It will be worth it!

I pray that today God will encourage your heart; that God will give you strength to keep running the race; that God will give you strength to endure all opposition and ridicule; that God will give you a vision of heaven and how it will be worth it all; and that God will help you to never get discouraged and give up.