Brick #75 – Hebrews 3

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Lots to unpack in this great chapter as the author continues to build his case that Jesus is far far superior to anything we can imagine. He has already talked about His superiority to the prophets, to angels, to sin, to suffering, and to temptation – in this chapter he makes the case that Jesus is even superior to Moses. Now to a Jewish audience, even a Christian Jewish audience, these are almost fighting words because of the respect and honor that the Jews held for Moses. But the fact is… Jesus is better!

One of the doctrinal questions that the author begins to address is this: Is it possible to lose your salvation once you have been granted salvation? The letter to the Hebrews, more than any other letter in the New Testament, raises this question. Notice in chapter 3 a few comments that the author makes:

  • verse 6 – we are His house IF indeed we hold fast our confidence...
  • verse 12 – Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
  • verse 14 – For we have come to share in Christ, IF indeed we hold our original confidence
  • verse 19 – so we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief

The doctrine that we in Baptist circles cling to is stated this way: Once saved, always saved. But is it biblical? Historically, the doctrine is known as “Perseverance of the saints.” Perseverance of the saints basically means this: those who persevere to the end are indeed the true and genuine saints of God. This is what the author to Hebrews vehemently believes. His concern for his readers, during a time when when their faith was being rigorously tested, was to make to make sure that they indeed believed what they said that they believed.

The tests that we encounter in this life will do this. They will shake our faith to the core and help us recognize if our faith is merely “lip service” or does it reflect a heart that clings to and relies solely on Jesus for life and salvation. I certainly know many people who at one time claimed the name “Christian” but who are now no where to be found in circles of faith. And you do too. When the trials of life came their way they reverted to their default way of handling things – by dependence on self and the things of this world. If you are truly saved then your default way of dealing with life has been changed so that your first response is to turn to the Lord, not your last.

So is the doctrine “once saved, always saved” a biblical doctrine. Absolutely! The question that the author to the Hebrews raises, and that we must ask ourself is this: Are we genuinely saved? 2 Corinthians 13:7 says this…

“Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail to meet the test.”

May this brick cause you to rely more and more on Jesus as the days of testing increase – or if there are any question marks in your mind to examine yourself to to see if you are in the faith.

 

 

 

 

 

Brick #74 – Hebrews 2

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There is a lot to ponder in this awesome chapter. I am going to put my pondering this week in the form of questions and hope that they will intrigue you to dig deeper into these extraordinary verses.

Verse 1: What does the word “therefore” refer to in this context?

Verse 1: What are some practical things you can do to “pay much closer attention” to God’s Word? What symptoms of spiritual A.D.D. do you experience?

Verse 1: Has spiritual “drift” occurred lately in your life? What do you need to do to get back on track”?

Verse 3: What role does “neglect” play in spiritual drift? What are some things you have neglected to do that you know you should be doing?

Verse 3: Can you list 10 reasons why we enjoy a “GREAT salvation”?

Verse 6: Why did the author use the word “somewhere”? Didi he not remember where the following verses are from?

Verses 6-8: What do these verses have to do with the “Septuagint”?

Verse 8: Can you think of a bigger understatement than “At present we not yet see everything in subjection to Him”?

Verse 9: What is the “substitutionary atonement”? How does it correlate with “he might taste death for everyone.”

Verses 14-18: Why was the incarnation necessary? Could God not have saved us some other way?

Verse 15: In what ways do people who are not physically enslaved experience “lifelong slavery”? What kinds of things are people enslaved to?

Verse 17: What is propitiation and what does it have to do with the wrath of God? If you get a chance check out Romans 3:23-25. You are probably familiar with 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Verse 24-25 are part of the same sentence. Awesome!

Verse 18: Why is this verse a good one to remember when we deal with the trials and temptations of life?

In his commentary on Hebrews, Albert Mohler closes out his exposition of chapter 2 with these words:


 

 

 

Brick #73 – Hebrews 1

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(For the next 13 weeks I will be pondering my way through the Book of Hebrews… Brick by Brick.)

As I pondered my way through this great first chapter of Hebrews there were several things that caught my attention. The first thing was something that was NOT there. In all of the other letters in the New Testament there is a “salutation” – a greeting that identifies who wrote the letter and who it is to. Hebrews does not have this. Therefore there is some uncertainty as to who the author of this letter is. Many people think it was Paul. But other candidates include Luke, Barnabas, and Apollos. We just do not know for sure, but what we do know is that the author had a deep concern for the people he was writing to and wanted to encourage them in the midst of the problems they were facing and the persecution that they were experiencing.

So who were the recipients? The title of the letter is a huge clue. They were Hebrew Christians. Jews who had become believers – who had put their faith in the long-awaited Messiah that had been promised throughout the Older Testament – Jesus.

A few other things that grabbed my attention:

“God spoke” (v.1) – The Hebrews had been used to hearing God speak through the prophets but after Malachi He was silent for 400 years. Just imagine what that would have been like for a people used to hearing God’s voice. But then… God spoke loud and clear and compellingly through the voice of His incarnate Word when Jesus appeared at the beginning of the 1st century. And He still speaks loud and clear and compellingly through the voice of His written Word… the Scriptures. The author is adamant throughout this book that we “not refuse Him who is speaking.” (Hebrews 12:25) Many people live today as if God is silent. I do not want to be one of those people.

“Much Superior to Angels” (v.4) – The author begins building his case as to why Jesus is much superior and “more excellent” (v.4)  than anything. He spends half a chapter here documenting why this is true regarding angels. Why does he pick on angels? Well, it turns out that there had developed during the last centuries of the B.C. era a fascination of and a worship for angels. This is what happens when people do not listen to or hear God’s Word. They supplant worship for the one true God with whatever suits their fascination. It is called idol worship. Anything that takes the rightful place of God is idolatry. In the Hebrews case it was angels. But what about in our case? Where does our fascination lie? What are our cultural idols? Money. Sports. Food. Fame. Sex. These are a few that get a lot of votes in our day. What is it that is very alluring to you that you have to fight against lest it take the place of God in your life?

The author of Hebrews wants us to understand that Jesus is much superior and more excellent than any of these things. And as he will say in the first verse of chapter 2, “we must pay MUCH CLOSER ATTENTION to what we have heard, lest we drift away.” 

So that is my encourage to you as we begin our pondering through Hebrews: Stay in the Word. Read it. Ponder it. Pay attention to it. Obey it.

And may this brick cause you to think about what might be superior to God in your own life and to make a course correction so that you do not slowly drift away.

 

 

 

Brick #72 – Ephesians 6:10-20

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Verse 11 of this awesome passage is a succinct summary of what Paul talks about in these 11 verses:

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Paul’s concern for the Ephesian believers (and us) is that we stand firm in our faith. This is a concern because he has seen too many people fall by the spiritual wayside. I share his concern. And as I reflect on 35 years of ministry, many of them with students, I often wonder “where are they now?”

There are a few things in this passage that Paul wants believers to understand so that they will never be counted among the “where are they now”:

1) We are involved in a cosmic battle – We must never forget that we are at war and the battleground is our soul. Even though our enemy is invisible he is nonetheless real and nonetheless ruthless. The tendency among believers is to forget about Satan. This is very dangerous because our forgetting enables him to infiltrate our world without worrying about repercussions. It’s as if we give him a free pass to do what he wants.

2) Satan has a strategy to defeat us – It is a strategy that was field-tested in the Garden of Eden. And because it proved successful it has been used again and again. You would think that we would not be so easily duped after all this time, but alas, this is not so. Here are a few of his oft used tactics:

  • He creates doubt in the minds of believers. This is what he did in Genesis 3:1 with Eve – “Did God actually say…”
  • He distorts the Truth of God’s Word. Compare Genesis 2:17 with Genesis 3:3. Satan added something that God did not say. Sometimes he adds things and sometimes he subtracts things. In either case it is a distortion of truth.
  • He discourages the saints of God. Often he will plant the question “Why God” in our minds when circumstances are not going the way that we would hope.
  • He is a destroyer. He destroys relationships. He destroys churches. He destroys health. And he is clever enough so that we do not even suspect that he might be the culprit or the cause.

Once our eyes are opened to his strategy then we can begin to fight the real enemy. But too often we lash out at those closest to us when we are hurt or confused or despairing… and Satan just watches and malevolently grins.

3) We have been given everything we need to fight the good fight – Paul refers to the weapons of our warfare as the armor of God. He calls us to wield our weapons. All too often though, we leave our weapons unused, making us extremely susceptible to whatever Satan wants to do. The weapons we have been given are more than enough to defeat the enemy. So I will remind you, as I have been reminded:

  • Remind yourself of truth and reject the lies of the evil one (v.14)
  • Recognize that you are one of God’s righteous ones – made righteous because of the righteousness of Jesus. (v.14)
  • Rehearse the gospel daily – delighting in all that the Lord has done for you. (v.15)
  • Respond to everything in faith – expressing to God your confidence that He is in control. (v.16)
  • Read, ponder, and memorize the Word of God. (v.17)
  • React prayerfully in all circumstances. (v.18)

Just because these weapons don’t seem like spiritual machine guns or atomic weaponry do not make the mistake of devaluing them. They are powerful tools in our arsenal that will effectively neutralize the enemy.

May this brick help you to go into battle with confidence knowing that you you indeed will overcome the evil one.

 

 

Brick #71 – Romans 12:1-2

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I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Back on October 25 of this year I preached a message on verse 1 of this passage. You can find it HERE. So I will focus my pondering today on verse 2.

As believers, I think we can agree that we do NOT want to be conformed to this world – or as one paraphrase says, “Don’t let the world squeeze you into it’s mold.” And we don’t want to stay the same way that we are. The only other option is to change. Or rather to be changed. To be transformed. Or to use the Greek word that you will recognize, “be metamorphosized.”

Paul tells us at the end of the verse that when we are transformed we will be able to discern God’s will. And who doesn’t want to know what God’s will is? Most of us are regularly asking the question, “Lord, what do You want me to do.” Paul is telling us how to figure out the answer to this question, which is… drumroll please… “by the renewal of your mind.” Two questions immediately come to my mind:

Why do we need our minds renewed? The answer is fairly simple. GIGO. That is computer speak for Garbage In Garbage Out. For years our minds have been programmed by the world. By the music we listen to and videos we watch. By the TV shows and movies we look at. By the books that we read. By what we are taught in school. By social media platforms. Little by little, day by day our minds have subtly been taught to believe certain things. Most of the time we have not even questioned the influence that all these things have had on us. And consequently, we have unconsciously come to believe things about God, about ourselves, about people in general, and about the world that may or may not be true. It’s time to challenge the world’s perspective that has infiltrated our minds. It’s time to have our minds renewed. So…

How do we renew our minds? Again, the answer is fairly simple. TITO. That is “Shay speak” for Truth In Truth Out. Instead of allowing the world to inform our minds we need to allow the Word to inform our minds. So here are a few very practical things that you can do to make sure that your mind is daily being renewed. All of these are things you have heard many times – but sometimes we try to make things too complicated and we ignore the simple answers:

  • Read the Word daily – give the Truth of Scripture access to your mind
  • Ponder the Word – Don’t just read Scripture, take some time and think about what it is saying.
  • Apply the Word – Make sure that you are putting the commands of God into practice. If God says to do something, do it. If God says not to do something, don’t do it.
  • Memorize the Word – Find a passage of Scripture that you really like and take the time to commit it to memory.
  • Talk about the Word – As you go about your day find someone that you can have a conversation with about what you have been reading.
  • Listen to the Word – Make sure that you are in church and hearing the Word being preached and the Word being taught.
  • Sing the Word – Tune into a good Christian radio station or use the Pandora or Spotify Apps to sing and worship the Word of God.
  • Exalt the Word – John 1 tells us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen His glory….” Jesus is the incarnate Word of God. Honor Him. Praise Him. Magnify His name. Exalt Him.

May the Lord use this brick to remind you to get back to the basics and to be intentional about renewing your mind.

Brick #70 – 1 Peter 2:9-12

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

The implications of what the Lord has done for us are staggering. Here is a rehearsal of what Peter says that God has done and a few things to ponder…

  • He brought us out of darkness: Remind yourself what it was like prior to coming to faith in Christ.
  • He brought us into the light: What difference has Jesus made in your life?
  • He chose us – Just let that sink in. He chose YOU when you were not the pick of the litter.
  • He made you royalty – You are a child of the King of Kings
  • He has called you to be a priest – As a priest, how will you bless the people you come in contact with today?
  • He has made you holy – ALL those sins that have separated you from God – He remembers no more.
  • You belong to Him as a treasured possession – He lovingly looks at you and says. “You are MINE.”
  • He has given you a faith family to be a part of – the people of God.
  • He has lavished His mercies upon you – even when you did not deserve them.
  • He has commissioned you as a sojourner – never forget that this world is NOT your home.
  • He has enlisted you as a soldier of the cross – never forget that you are in a war.

And WHY has He done all these things? So that you might proclaim His excellencies (v.9) and so that you might bring honor and glory to His great Name. (v.12)

May this brick be a reminder of who you are, whose you are, and all that the Lord has done for you.

 

Brick #69 – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

This succinct verse is one of many such admonitions that Paul gives at the end of his letter to the Thessalonians. It’s as if he has lots more to say but little time to say it so he just records any last minute thoughts that pop into his head.

This verse raises one very practical question: How do you pray without ceasing? Is it even possible to do what Paul is asking?

Me thinks the answer is yes, of course.  But it means that we need to get rid of our traditional way of thinking about prayer. Praying without ceasing has nothing to do with the posture of our body and everything to do with the posture of our heart. Traditionally we bow our heads and close our eyes as we pray. This is what we are taught to do when we are kids. This is what is modeled for us by our parents and pastors and Sunday School teachers. What we really need to learn how to do is not so much to bow our heads but to bow our hearts as we come before God’s throne of grace. Here are a  few postures of the heart that need to become ingrained in us if we are going to learn how to pray without ceasing.

1) A Heart Posture of Dependence – This may be the hardest posture for us to learn because as Americans we value independence so much. The American way is to do it ourselves and not depend on anyone else. So when it comes to complete surrender and dependence on God there is much that needs to be unlearned. Perhaps a good way to start a conversation with God is by saying at the very beginning, “Lord, I need you,” as a reminder to ourselves as much as anything. 

2) A Heart Posture of Obedience – There is a tendency for us to pick and choose what we want to obey or not obey. A posture of obedience says that we will obey what God’s Word says EVEN IF it doesn’t suit our fancy and EVEN IF it cramps our preferred lifestyle.

3) A Heart Posture of Gratefulness – We are looking at 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The very next verse which is a part of the same sentence says this, “…give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ALL circumstances! A heart that is able to say “thank you” to God even when circumstances would suggest doing the opposite is especially pleasing to the Lord and is an audacious expression of faith in the goodness of God.

4) A Heart Posture of Expectancy – It was William Carey who said, “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” A posture of expectancy gets the order right. Pray FIRST, then act boldly anticipating that God is already at work. It is not uncommon for us to act first and then pray that God will boldly bless OUR actions. This is a posture of presumption and often results in unfounded disappointment with God.

May this brick motivate you to practice these four postures of the heart as you seek to “pray without ceasing.”

 

Brick #68 – Philippians 4:4

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“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice.”

So just how do we do what Paul is telling us to do? How do we “rejoice in the Lord always”? Does this mean that we can never be sad or depressed or grieve? I don’t think it means this at all. After all, we are human and we are emotional beings. But I think we can agree that finding our joy always in the Lord is a good thing. So again, how do we do that when so much of what we experience everyday is set up to rob us of whatever joy we do have?

Here are a few Scripture verses and a few comments that might help as you seek to “rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice.”

Reset your mindset. James 1:2 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…” We need to train our minds to consider the trials and difficulties that come our way as growth opportunities and not roadblocks to our success.

Think eschatologically. Hebrews 12:2  says, “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” If we can keep the end of our pilgrimage in mind then the journey becomes much less arduous and much more adventurous.

Listen for the singing voice of God. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Have you ever heard God singing over you? Find a quiet place and attune your heart to the heavens.

Sing when you don’t feel like singing. Psalm 5 which is a song starts off “Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning.” And it ends like this, “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.”  Oft times a good song is what is needed to rejuvenate and nourish the soul. Do you have a song like that?

Confess and repent. Psalm 51:12  says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”  Sin had cost David his joy. Heartfelt confession and genuine repentance was the way to get it back. The question we have to ask ourselves is this: Do we enjoy sin more that we enjoy God?

Remind yourself of who God is. Psalm 33:21 says, “For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.” The names of God are in effect reminders to us of the promises of God. Jehovah Shalom – God is our Peace. Jehovah Jireh – God is our Provider. Jehovah Rapha – God is our Healer. We often forget who our God is and it saddens our heart rather than gladdening our heart.

Delight yourself in God’s Word. Psalm 19:8 says, “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” And Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”  Do we hunger for the Word of God in the same way that we look forward to our next meal? And have you asked yourself the question, “why not?”

May this brick help you to diagnose why you might not find your joy in the Lord and then give you some help in restoring the joy of your salvation.

 

Brick #67 – Matthew 16:24-28

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Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

This week my pondering will be a little different. I want to share one quote and one story that I came across this week that I think are helpful in thinking about these verses.

The Quote…

John MacArthur writes: This passage sets forth the heart of Christian discipleship and it strikes a death blow to the self-centered false gospels that are so popular in contemporary Christianity. It leaves no room for the gospel of getting, in which God is considered a type of utilitarian genie who jumps to provide a believer’s every whim. It closes the door to the gospel of health and wealth, which asserts that if a believer is not healthy and prosperous he has simply not exercised his divine rights or else does not have enough faith to claim his blessings. It undermines the gospel of self-esteem, self-love, and high self-image, which appeals to man’s natural narcissism and prostitutes the spirit of humble brokenness and repentance that marks the gospel of the cross.

The Story…

Jim Elliot was a promising student at Wheaton College in Illinois. He was a champion wrestler, honor student, amateur poet, and was warmly admired by students at Wheaton. He dated and married the prettiest girl at the school. He was truly the “big man” on campus.

In his studies, he read the words of Matthew 16:24-28 and took them seriously. During his senior year, he wrote in his journal these now famous words: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

God called him to take the gospel to an unreached tribe, the Auca Indians in Ecuador. Elliot wrote, “Glad to get the opportunity to preach the gospel of the matchless grace of our God to stoical, pagan Indians. I only hope that He will let me preach to those who have never heard that name Jesus. What else is better in this life? I have heard of nothing better. ‘Lord, send me!'”

Unfortunately, he and his four associates were killed by the warriors before they could share with them. Jim gave up what he could not keep. He gave up his earthly life to gain what he could not lose: eternal life.

Due to the publicity generated by the martyrdom of the missionaries, thousands of other young men and women committed to missions to take their place. Beyond that, the widows of the martyred missionaries went back to that tribe and led those warriors to Christ.

Years later, a young man traveling in Ecuador flew in a small plane over the country. The pilot knew of Jim Elliot’s ministry.

“When we fly over the place where Jim Elliot and the others died, show me,” the man said to the pilot.

“I can’t take you there,” replied the pilot.

“Why not?”

“Because Jim Elliot did not die in Ecuador.”

Perplexed, the young man remarked, “Yes, I know Jim Elliot died here in Ecuador.”

“Jim Elliot’s body died in South America,” the pilot said, “but Jim Elliot died while a college student at Wheaton College several years before when he yielded his life to God no matter the consequences.”

May this brick help you to think about what it really means to die to self and to live for Christ; to deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Jesus.

Brick #66 – Colossians 3:15-17

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15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

The question that comes to my mind as I ponder these verses is this: How do you do it? How do you let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts? It is certainly one of those things that is easier said than done. So here are a few practical things that I gleam from this passage that might help you to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” 

Verse 15

1) Identify what actually IS ruling and reigning in your heart. Is it worry that has usurped the throne? Fear? Anger? Hatred?Unforgiveness? Be honest with yourself. Take a personal inventory of what occupies and calls the shots in your life. What drives you to action or non-action as the case might be?

2) In order to know the peace of Christ you have to know Christ the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). If you do not yet know Him then now is a good time to change that. If you do know Him then perhaps you need to spend time getting to know Him better. This is where the first disciples found themselves in Mark 4:35-41. They thought they knew Him but then real life helped them understand that they really didn’t know Him well at all.

Verse 16

3) Romans 12:2 tells us , “Do not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The way that our minds are renewed is by the Word of God. We have allowed worldliness to set up shop where the Lord should rightfully reign – so it is no wonder that so many people have so little peace in their lives. When God’s Word RICHLY dwells in us then fear has no claim to the throne because God “has not given us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7). When God’s Word RICHLY dwells in us then worry has no claim to the throne because “the Lord is at hand” and we can make all our requests known to Him. (Philippians 4:5-6). When God’s Word RICHLY dwells in us then unforgiveness has no claim to the throne because we can “forgive one another as God in Christ forgave us.”  (Ephesians 4:32).

Verse 17

4) If you want to experience peace then be reconciled to God. Typically we are not reconciled with God when we have done something that hurts the heart of God – when we have disobeyed His Word. If we will do EVERYTHING in the name of the Lord Jesus then we won’t have keep repairing a fractured relationship with our heavenly Father. If you need to reconcile with God then His Word tells us to confess, repent, and let the Spirit of God lead you to live a God-honoring life.

5) Three times in these three verses Paul exhorts us to be thankful. I’m thinking that might be a clue to experiencing peace in our hearts. If we are grateful for what we do have instead of whining about what we don’t have… peace! If we are grateful for the people God has put in our lives instead finding ways to resent or find fault… peace! If we are grateful for the cards we have been dealt in this life then we don’t have to languish in a life of entitlement and we can courageously take steps to move forward … peace!

May this brick help you to enjoy the peace that God offers all His children as it rules and reigns in your heart.

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