Thursday November 15 "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. " Hebrews 13:15
Instead of bringing animals to offer as our praise to God, all that God asks is for us to praise Him with our lips. Openly praise Him - at home and in public. The Jews offered their praise at certain times and on certain days. God tells us how often we should praise Him with our lips - continually! Remember in English picking out the key words of a sentence or paragraph? - continually, lips, openly
Wednesday November 14 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:1-2
What is it that is in the way of your direct eyesight with Jesus? What is it that is slowing you down in your Christian walk when you should be running? What sin is there that is causing a division between you and God? Sounds like a preacher stepping on toes - and in this case, yelling "ouch" along with you! But that is what the writer is really asking us. Get rid of the obstacles, and running full speed to Jesus!
Tuesday November 13 "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. " Hebrews 11:1 One of the things that pleases God is that we have faith in Him, although we have not physically seen Him. But we have experienced Him in a lot of ways, in a lot of circumstances. We have prayed and He has answered. We have seen Him lead us. We have felt Him guide us. And because of that we can have confidence that He will continue to do so, without us physically seeing Him. We know He exists, that He is our Lord, our God, our Christ... such is our confidence and assurance.
Monday November 12 " Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23 Our hope for the future is based on God's promises and Jesus' reassurance of them. And the reason we can hold on to that is because God is faithful. As the Hebrew writer said in an earlier chapter, "It is impossible for God to lie." So hold on to that hope you have, that faith you have without veering off the path, because it is absolutely true!
Friday November 9 "so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him." Hebrews 9:28
Don't forget - Jesus is coming back - and it may be before we leave earth - and He will take those waiting on Him to salvation! In our busy world, we sometimes don't remember this fact. Be ready and waiting!
Thursday November 8 "I will be their God, and they will be my people." Hebrews 8:10
God is explaining in this chapter why the Old Covenant did not work - mainly due to the disobedience of the Israelites, and the greatness of His New Covenant. This is written to the Jews, but God extended it to all people. That's why we Gentiles (non-Jews) can celebrate the fact that we as followers of His Son as Lord of our lives are now a part of His people - His family. What a privilege that we do not deserve. As a Gentile, God is now also my God, and I am His people. This chapter was important to the Jews - but as equally important to us. It is a privilege given to us to have God as our God, and to be His son or daughter - something we should not take lightly.
Wednesday November 7 "Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them." Hebrews 7:25
I do a lot for my family - not bragging, but its just a fact. A large portion of my day consists of doing things for family. You could very truthfully say that I live for doing things for them. Not a bad characteristic when we see that its the same thing Jesus does for His family. He lives to intercede for us. If that doesn't make you want to draw nearer to Him, it should. Draw close to the ultimate High Priest who is interceding for you daily.
Tuesday November 6 "Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity" Hebrews 6:1
As Christians, true believers, having Jesus as Lord, we should be studying to gain even deeper knowledge of Jesus, of God, of the Holy Spirit - and applying those things we learn to our lives. We shouldn't be in elementary school - we should be in post-graduate learning! We should never quit spiritual school - we need to gain our doctorate of spiritual life degree! Don't stop learning and growing!
Monday November 5 "But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." Hebrews 5:14
Sometimes its not easy in our society to detect good from evil. When things are accepted by the society in which we live, it makes it more difficult. Morals and acceptance have changed. The mature Christian has studied the Word, and views the world according to God's view. That is the only true way to detect good from evil.