ĚYour hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn Your commands.Ě Psalm 119:73
When we recognize and become convinced that it is God who has made us and it is He who gives us understanding of His plans through His Word (Psalm 119:73), and when that knowledge travels the 18 inches from our brain to our heart, then we will refuse, like Moses, to go anywhere or do anything without GodĚs presence (Exodus 33:13). It is only when we choose to be so totally abandoned to God that we experience GodĚs rest for our souls (Exodus 33:14). It is only when we are totally convinced of His great love and plan for our lives that we will wait on GodĚs every Word, because we know His judgments are righteous and He is faithful; even when He afflicts us, for comfort and compassion are found in His Word (Psalm 119:74-77)!
Are you eating His Word? And are you allowing it to digest in your soul as you ponder itĚs truths? Are you exercising those truths in your life? His Word brings liberty and comfort, it demands obedience, and shows His goodness and compassion. Are you obedient to GodĚs Word, not out of obligation, but willing to trust Him with every detail of your life because you can no longer bear to hurt the One who loves you the most? Have you learned that it is in His presence that rest is found, and bears fruit? Abide in Him so you can grow and be more like Him, and watch Him produce remaining fruit in your life (John 15:4-10).
Yes, it is true that in this world, we are surrounded by the arrogant who try to subvert us with lies. But, it is also true that when we ponder His precepts and worship Him, we prevail and walk victoriously in His Spirit (Psalm 119:78). Do you know the total reason you exist is to magnify God with your life (Psalm 119:79)? May your heart be blameless in GodĚs statutes, so you will not be ashamed (Psalm 119:80).
Points to Ponder and Pray
73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn Your commands.
74 Those who fear You will see me and rejoice, for I put my hope in Your word.
75 I know, LORD, that Your judgments are just and that You have afflicted me fairly.
76 May Your faithful love comfort me, as You promised Your servant.
77 May Your compassion come to me so that I may live, for Your instruction is my delight.
78 Let the arrogant be put to shame for slandering me with lies; I will meditate on Your precepts.
79 Let those who fear You, those who know Your decrees, turn to me.
80 May my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes so that I will not be put to shame.
The writer of Hebrews moves from rich foundational doctrine to encourage us in practical application. Using the examples of past heroes who were faithful in difficult time, that Great Crowd of Witnesses, he encourages us to complete the marathon race we have begun (Hebrews 12:1). The advice is sound! Ask God to help you to:
What keeps us going in the race?
- Throw off every sin, for it will trip us up, making us fall.
- Run the race with endurance. Keep on running the race...don't give up! Depend on Him!
No doubt, running a marathon is hard work and takes discipline.
- Our first step is to look to Jesus for help. He is our example. Not only can we trust His training, because He wrote the Book, and knows what is the best for us as the founder and perfector of our faith. But, He also ran the race when He humbled Himself by clothing Himself in the limited form of man, and chose affliction for our sake.
- We tend to run from affliction, or persecution, like the Hebrews did. Ask yourself, would you rather choose affliction now or be ashamed when you are ushered into His presence again? Jesus endured the hardship set before Him, and is now seated at the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2-4). LetĚs look to Him and follow His example.
One of the weakest wounds where Christians allow satan to gain an infectious stronghold, often to their peril, is by allowing bitterness to fester from a past hurt. Be careful.
- Because of His love for us, Jesus disciplines us to succeed (Hebrews 12:5-10). And when trained by it, discipline yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11).
- Peace and holiness go hand in hand. Therefore, donĚt lightly regard His disciple, but make your path straight, so what is lame (your weak areas) will not be out of joint, but will be healed, so you can run the race with endurance (Hebrews 12:12-13).
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Maranatha. He is coming soon and is bringing His reward with Him.
Are you ready? Is your family ready?
- Bitterness is a silent killer, often developing into a deep tumor of sin, which, if left untreated, cripples the Christian.
- When hurt, remember to ask God to help you turn your focus away from those who hurt you.
- Intentionally focus on Him by searching the Scriptures to see what God really says about what is hurting you, then apply His Word as a balm to heal your wounds. For example, what does He say about rejection? What does He say about your financial situation if you lost a job? What does He say about worry and anxiety?
- Become riveted to Him through His Word rather than focus on hurtful words someone says, or rehearse the event that caused you harm. Do not let the root of bitterness rob you of finding your fulfillment in Christ (John 10:10).
- Guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life (Proverbs 4:23). It is God who gives us rest for our weary soul, when we turn and learn from Him ( Matthew 11:28-30). Worship him!