Posts Tagged ‘hebrews’

Life on the Edge of a Cliff

May 25

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, do you ever feel like you are living life on the edge of a cliff, never being certain when you are going to get pushed over into disaster? If so, take courage in knowing your Lord and Savior understands. In fact, He understands intimately because at one point some men took him by force to the edge of a cliff with the intention of throwing Him over. Yet by the grace of God, He was able to slip away right through the angry crowd.

Know also that your heavenly Father can rescue you in your time of need. Whatever crisis you may be facing, He is right there to hold onto to you so that you will not plunge to ruin.

Dearest girlfriends, let us always be brave when we are facing life on the edge of a cliff—trusting our heavenly Father to deliver us.

When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed him and took him to the edge of the hill on which the city was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, but he slipped away through the crowd and left them. ~ Luke 4:28-30 NLT
 
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV
 
… For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions. ~ Daniel 6:26-27 NIV
 
Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked. ~ Jeremiah 20:13 NIV
 
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, … ~ 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NIV
  
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; … He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. ~ Psalm 18:16-19 NIV

When In Doubt… Rely On the Black & White

Feb 17

by Victoria Robinson

There are times in all our lives when we cannot seem to understand God’s direction. To solve this mystery we must rely on the truth of His written Word. The answers are all there in black and white. Clearly He is using these circumstances in your life to bring you deeper into His Word. Embrace what He is doing and dig as deep as you possibly can into the black and white truths He has so graciously given us.

You may want to make a list in black and white by writing down your questions and His answers according to His Word. An excellent resource for searching His Word is: biblegateway.com. You can search using words or topics. This free website provides plenty of great material to assist your search for black and white answers to your perplexing questions.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that when we cannot understand our heavenly Father’s direction, we will dig deeply into His Word and allow the black and white truths to navigate us to safety.

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. ~ Psalm 119:133 NIV
 
May my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word. ~ Psalm 119:169 NIV
 
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. ~ John 17:17 NIV
 
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12 NIV
 
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. ~ Psalm 119:105 NIV
 
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. ~ Psalm 119:35 NIV

Playing Games

Feb 15

by Victoria Robinson

One of the ploys of the enemy of our souls is to get us to play games. More specifically spiritual games. In other words, to live a life not motivated by a sincere heart. It can become so easy to play games by putting on a holy facade out of fear others will see who we really are. My favorite people are those who just allow you to see them as they really are—no games!

The most dangerous game you can play is to pretend to be something you are not in front of your heavenly Father, who by the way, knows your true heart regardless of your outer behavior.

The wisdom of this world tells us we need to play the game of keeping up appearances, while the wisdom of God guides us to live a life of honesty and sincerity. Dearest girlfriends, let us live honest and sincere lives that reflect our heavenly Father’s wonderful character.

We can be proud of our clear conscience. We have always lived honestly and sincerely, especially when we were with you. And we were guided by God’s wonderful kindness instead of by the wisdom of this world. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:12 CEV
 
Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth. ~ Hebrews 4:13 CEV

Living an Undeserved Life

Jan 30

by Victoria Robinson

An undeserved life cuts both ways. On the one hand sometimes we get what we do not deserve, such as God’s generous mercy. All of us who have received the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ have received the ultimate undeserved mercy there is. Though sometimes we get what we do not deserve as in the case of Joseph who was sold into slavery and then imprisoned. The mercy is easy to accept while undeserved hardship is not.

Though it is sad to say, no life is entirely free of undeserved hardships. What is most important is how we handle these situations. Girlfriends,  I wish I could say these hardships are never ordained by our heavenly Father, but that is not the truth. Our unjust sufferings are just one way our heavenly Father helps us to follow in His Son’s steps. Jesus suffered unjustly so that you and I could spend eternity in a place called heaven. That, sweet girlfriends, is how we should look at undeserved hardships. In other words, like Jesus, we should focus not on the pain, but on the beauty of our heavenly Father’s greater plan and the comfort our suffering will bring others. As in the case of Joseph, his entire family was rescued from starvation. Yes, I know, even his wicked brothers who meant to harm him. Yet in his godliness Joseph told his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

Dearest girlfriends, as difficult as it is let us embrace the undeserved life we are living, both in the good times and bad.

… For it pleased God in his kindness to choose me and call me, even before I was born! What undeserved mercy! ~ Galatians 1:15 NLT
 
For I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon. ~ Genesis 40:15 NIV
 
And so we keep on praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of the life to which he called you. And we pray that God, by his power, will fulfill all your good intentions and faithful deeds. Then everyone will give honor to the name of our Lord Jesus because of you, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the undeserved favor of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. ~ 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NLT
 
And if they are saved by God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s wonderful kindness would not be what it really is—free and undeserved. ~ Romans 11:6 NLT
 
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. ~ Psalm 103:8-10 NIV
 
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 NIV
  
For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. ~ 1 Peter 2:19-23 NIV
 
His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. ~ Genesis 50:18-21 NIV
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But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. ~ Hebrews 2:9 NIV

Oops … I Sinned!

Jan 13

by Victoria Robinson

Is it possible to sin accidentally? Without wrong intention, how can something be considered sin? Yet, in the book of Leviticus we see several examples of accidental sin and the requirement to confess, present a blood offering, and thus be forgiven. Thankfully because of the gracious sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s blood offering on the cross, we no longer have to sacrifice animals to pay for our sins.

So whether sin is committed accidentally or knowingly, it is important to confess, ask forgiveness, and make restitution when necessary. The final step in the process is to accept forgiveness which sometimes means forgiving ourselves. Rest assured there is not one sin anyone can commit, outside of rejecting the Savior, where forgiveness is not available.

Dearest girlfriends, let us take all sin seriously, whether we have an “oops sin” or whether we have intentional sin. Praise God for His wonderous forgiveness!

You are guilty and unfit to worship me, if you accidentally touch the dead body of any kind of unclean animal. You are guilty if you find out that you have accidentally touched any waste that comes from a human body. … As soon as you discover that you have committed any of these sins, you must confess what you have done. Then you must bring a female sheep or goat to me as the price for your sin. A priest will sacrifice the animal, and you will be forgiven. ~ Leviticus 5:2-3,5-6 CEV

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. … Christ … has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. ~ Hebrews 9:22,26-28 NIV

 Watch out that no one becomes involved in sexual sin or becomes careless about God as Esau did: he traded his rights as the oldest son for a single meal. And afterwards, when he wanted those rights back again, it was too late, even though he wept bitter tears of repentance. So remember, and be careful. ~ Hebrews 12:16-17 TLB

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. ~ 1 John 1:7-9 NIV

Hiding in the Shadows

Nov 23

by Victoria Robinson

Do you find yourself hiding in the shadows when you approach your heavenly Father? When we are enshrouded in our sin, we tend to not come before the throne of God bravely. This is how we find the infamous Adam and Eve after they had committed sin.

Our sin places us in a shameful place. We do not want to look our heavenly Father in the face. I grew up with a grandfather who dearly loved me. However, he did portray a harsh exterior at times. I remember breaking a piece of antique marble at his house. I was gripped with fear, not because I had any concern of physical harm, instead a fear based on not wanting to be rejected by him because of my misstep. I shall never forget how after I confessed what had taken place, he lovingly held me as I sobbed. He showed me the kindness I did not deserve. This is a picture of our heavenly Father’s unconditional love for us. All we need to do is come to Him with a transparency of our sin and allow Him to embrace us lovingly.

The foolishness of hiding our sins from God is brought to light in the book of Jeremiah. Our heavenly Father tells us He is closely watching us, sees all our sins, and that we cannot hope to hide from Him.

We should come bravely to Him knowing He has already told us that He understands our weaknesses. He is waiting at all times for His children to crawl up in His lap and share their missteps. Dearest girlfriends, please stop hiding in the shadow of iniquity, but come bravely before the throne of our merciful God.

Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help. Hebrews 4:15-16 CEV
  
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” ~ Genesis 3:8-10 NIV
 
For I am closely watching you, and I see every sin. You cannot hope to hide from me. ~ Jeremiah 16:17 TLB
 
Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. ~ Isaiah 55:6-7 NLT