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A Sure Thing

A Sure Thing

13 July 2010

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 15-18; Hebrews 10

Scripture:

35 So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! 36 But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. (Hebrews 10:35-36 MSG)

The Jewish Christ-followers had taken a beating. Many of them had been thrown in prison, beaten, and tortured for their faith. They had seen loved ones murdered simply because they believed in Jesus Christ. They had lost their jobs, their possessions, and their homes for their commitment to Christ. After some time of suffering pain and loss, after nights of prayer and days of watching for God to answer, some of them began to doubt. They needed someone to remind them that what was true then is true now. “Don’t give up! It’s worth it!”

At some point in every Christ-follower’s life, you start to wonder, “Was I right to take such a stand? Was it worth it? Is it really true? Does God really care?”

This is a really good reminder for me today, “It’s still a sure thing!” We must remember that what was true in the excitement of sins forgiven, new life in Christ, hope for eternity, is still true in the darkness of doubt, the discouragement of delay, and the anxiety of unanswered prayers.

19 So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. 22 So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. 23 Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. 24 Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, 25 not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:19-25 MSG)

Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going! Let’s be inventive and passionate at encouraging others who grow weak or weary! It’s still a sure thing!

Prayer:

Father, Help me to hang on, to keep a firm grip, to stick it out. And help me to be able to encourage others not to give up. I know it’s still a sure thing. Amen.

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