Bible Ballistics: BBs #723 Thank YOU Jesus???
Just a note to end the week on a positive note of encouragement (and yes, I know it’s not Friday, but this will be the last post for the week) lifting our eyes upward—to Jesus, where they need to be!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run
that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus
of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God.
3 For consider him
that endured such contradiction
lest ye be wearied
and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3
As we face challenges each day, may we remember that God calls us to walk in faith, knowing that HE is ever faithful to those who believe in HIM, and follow HIM faithfully. Just as Hebrews 11 tells us:
“Now faith is
the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen…
…. 5 By faith Enoch
was translated that he should not see death;
and was not found,
because God had translated him:
for before his translation
he had this testimony,
that he pleased God.
6 But without faith
it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder
of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:1 & 5-6
This is why it is so important to be in The Word of God—to know who HE is, and what HE says. It is my hope and total confidence; and I want to always share that confidence with you. Not confidence in my ability or judgment, but in God’s eternal sovereignty, knowing that HE never changes, and that HE is ever working for our good, and HIS Word is true!
the same yesterday,
and to day,
and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8
And in HIS “sameness” of total holiness, righteousness and truth, we can know that our God is at work in and through us! Oh, how I praise HIM for HIS faithful work in our lives in all things; all to conform us to the “image of His son”!
“But if we hope for that we see not,
then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for
as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession
with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts
knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
because he maketh intercession
for the saints
according to the will of God.
28 And we know that
all things work together for good
to them that love God,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow,
he also did predestinate
to be conformed
to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren.” Romans 8:25-29
Because God is ever working in we—you and me—who are following Jesus, we can confidently come into HIS presence for aid, hope, and answers from The One who took on flesh, lived, died and was raised for the payment of our sin, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted
like as we are,
yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help
in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
HE is always ready to grant us grace, wisdom and hope.
“If any of you lack wisdom,
let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally,
and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith,
For he that wavereth
is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind
and tossed.” James 1:5-6
I pray that we will each be encouraged to keep “looking unto Jesus” rather than self, others, and especially not the world’s ideas for solutions. Satan is still the “father of lies” who only wants to destroy us. Look up friends, to Jesus, not around at the “lions”! We are victors not “lion food”! Stand fast in JESUS!
“Humble yourselves therefore
under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion,
seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:6-8