Hebrews 4 Ministries
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Hebrews 4:12
Daily Devotions for the week
The next time you fear that God is not big enough to take care of your problems, remember Exodus. Remember 40 years traveling and never running out of what they needed. We are told that they wandered, not in the plush savanna or the fertile field, but the wilderness and the desert. A few years ago, my husband and I took our boys camping. We excitedly packed everything we thought we would need for our trip. We knew we were going to be camping along a lake with plenty of fish, so, we thought surely we would have food provided from the bounty of this lake. We packed a few staples that would go well with fish, a few marshmallows for roasting, and some eggs for breakfast. After two days of camping by this lake, neither my husband nor I had caught a single fish. After two days of living on eggs and marshmallows, we were ready to go home. Our little family of four could not last in the “wilderness” two days. And yet, Numbers 1:46 tells us the total number of military age fighting men in the group wandering in the desert was 603,550. Add in men who were too young or too old to fight, women, children, and the entire tribe of Levi, and you easily have over 2 million hungry mouths to feed. And yet, they not only survived but flourished. Their numbers grew during the 40 years that they wandered. They were healthy, fit, and ready to take their promised land. That is the God we serve. We serve a God who can sustain 2 million people in a barren wasteland. We serve a God who can make mana fall from the sky, birds descend in great hordes, and water spring from rocks. We serve a God worthy of our trust. The same God that multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 people on a hillside can help you make it to your next paycheck, have the courage to face your fears, stand up in the face of opposition, not grow weary of doing good, and walk the path He created just for you. Have courage and walk with confidence. The God you follow will never let you down. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
Have you ever considered how important your attitude is? We can do many wonderful things for the Lord, but, if our attitude is less than loving, we hamper the work that God can do through our lives. Paul goes so far as to tell us that anything that we do that is not motivated by love, is as useless as “a resounding gong or a clanging symbol” (1 Corinthians 13:1). Our motives often speak louder than our words. People can see through our hypocrisy and it leaves them cold and disenchanted with the faith we claim to embrace. Throughout Scriptures, we are told to love. We’re given the command to love our God, our neighbors, our brothers and sisters, and even our enemies. Even though we are constantly reminded of the importance of love, we still fall short of truly caring far too often. Too many people pass off polite appreciation as love, but only love reflects God’s character. After all, how can we show the world the God the Apostle John described simply as “love” (1 John 4:8) if we are walking in indifference? 1 Peter 4:8 – 10 commands us, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” May our motives always be driven by the love we have received through Christ. We cannot simply walk through this life focused on our own agenda. Instead, let us open our eyes, our hearts, and our lives to the people around us. Be motivated by love so the world sees God in the shadow of our kindness. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
“It is difficult to conquer prejudices, and dangerous not to conquer them.” (Matthew Henry) in our world today, racial differences play a key part in politics. Wars have been fought because of our differences, and beautiful friendships forfeited all because of the prejudice we hold in our hearts. To ignore them is to our detriment. If we carry these prejudices and yet deny their existence, we leave no chance for healing and restoration. Therefore, we must take a very long look in the mirror of our heart. As Christians, prejudice and racism should find no place in our lives. Galatians 3:26 – 29 tells us, “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” In Romans 10:12 – 13, we’re given further clarification when Paul writes, “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’.” It’s funny to me how some people can dismiss the worthiness of one of God’s children. It’s sad that we are so desperate to be superior, we feel we can only claim that right by destroying someone else. However, according to scripture, there is no difference through the eyes of God. We have all been adopted as His children. A good father will tell you honestly that he has no favorites among his children. Now, he might have a better relationship with one child than the other, but he would not wish harm on one to benefit another. To say that God places prejudice on the color of our skin or the nationality of our birth belittles the depth of His love. Since we are the reflection of God, shouldn’t we love with the same type of love? It may be difficult to conquer prejudices; but then, God’s power shines brightest through our weakness. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
In the book of Nehemiah, we hear the story of the exiled Israelites returning to Jerusalem to repair the temple and build the city walls. Chapter 3 tells us that each man repaired the section of wall that was directly across from their house. Every man worked, and every family began with the area close to where they lived. What a great example for how we are to work within the body of Christ. God makes no mistakes where He places us, and He expects us to begin our work for His kingdom in our own backyards. This means that all of us play a part in the work of the body of Christ. Charles Spurgeon spoke very pointedly on the importance of the work of the church being the work of all the people which make up the church. He asked whether or not there was an “I” in the work “we” of the church were doing. Have you placed your name in the roster of those working for the Lord? He went on to say, “When Jerusalem was built, every man began nearest his own house. That is where you must begin to build or do something. Do not let us tell a lie about it. If we do not have some share in the building, if we neither handle the trowel nor the spear, let us not talk about our church… God never makes useless things; He has no cupriferous workmanship. I care not what you are; you have some what to do.” We all have a part to play. If you haven’t begun, look no further than your own front yard. Look no further than your family, your coworkers, your neighbors, and your friends. None of us were created to simply be a pretty face in God’s kingdom. We have a job to do. Let’s put the “I” back in “we” and do what we can do with what God has given us. Pray that God opens your eyes to the opportunities He places in front of you. None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something for God’s kingdom. Never begrudge doing what you were created to do. The simplest gift may just be the one that changes the world. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
As wonderful as it sounds, God never promises us carefree and painless lives. In fact, trials and tribulations are spoken of in scripture as being something by which God strengthens our faith. God allows these things in our lives are for a purpose. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, Paul writes, “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassing great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” If we were perfect, what need of a Savior would we have? On the contrary, none of us have perfect lives though many of us have wonderful ones. If we never faced an obstacle, if we never struggled, how would we fully understand the strength of the arms holding us? James MacDonald once said, “We all have a thorn. We all have something that God has allowed into our lives that Satan meant for our destruction, but that God has turned around to help us grow and change.” Instead of complaining about the things in our life that are not perfect, that are hard, or even painful, let us remember God’s promise. His grace is enough to get us through anything that we face. The more we learn to lean and depend on God, the stronger our dependence on Him grows. The stronger our dependence grows, the deeper our faith becomes. The deeper of a faith we possess, the greater strength we find that we have. Pain and struggles give us room to grow. God allows them so that we understand the importance of depending on Him in every aspect of our lives. Growth is never easy and is often uncomfortable, but we were never meant to stay the same. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
In 1 Corinthians 6:18 – 20, Paul wrote, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” Do not be mistaken, it isn’t sex that the Apostle tells us to flee but sexual sin. Sex is not a dirty thing that we should run away from. It is a beautiful gift meant to be enjoyed between a husband and a wife. Unfortunately, our society has perverted this beautiful gift into something that defiles our body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. I love the picture that Paul gives us to flee from sexual immorality. Even though it presses against us on every side, we must turn and run from the temptation. Social media, television, and even the societies we live in, tell us that we are free to explore anything our bodies wish to explore. We are lied to and told that this exploration will actually benefit us and set us free. But the Bible is very clear on the danger of sexual sin. That which God meant to be shared between a husband and a wife should never be diluted by opening it up to various partners and experiences outside of the will of God. We have been bought with the most precious price of all: the blood of Jesus. We no longer belong to our fleshly desires and impulses. We belong, body and soul, to God. So let us honor God with every aspect of our lives. Let us flee the temptations this world so willingly offers. Remember, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, the gift of the Holy Spirit immediately followed. Upon His indwelling of us, we were given the seeds to the fruit by which the Holy Spirit is recognized. Galatians 5:22 – 23 tells us that these Fruits of the Spirit include self-control. We may not always feel like we have the self-control to flee the onslaught of temptations, but the Holy Spirit will lend us His strengths. Resist society’s offer of a lie that defiles the temple of God in you. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)

Hebrews 4 Ministries

"For the word of God is alive and active."​
Hebrews 4:12