Often one of the thoughts that lies just below the surface is that God has forgotten where we are. We feel left out, left behind, and left for dead. But the truth is that God knows right where we are and He has a purpose for each of us.
(Disclaimer: Due to technical difficulty, this recording is an open air recording.) The vast majority of life takes place within our hearts and minds. The emotions, beliefs, stresses, and joys we experience take place 'below the surface.' So what does God have to say about this reality of life?
Does prayer really make a difference? Do we not pray more because we don't think it matters much? But prayer can make all the difference in the world. It ultimately comes down to our trust and confidence in God.
As we wrap up our series in Hebrews we go back to our original question, "How do we live a life that is better than ever?" The author of Hebrews sums it all up for us in chapter thirteen.
In our culture today "Christian" can mean a lot of different things. But when we look back at what a Christian life really looks like, we have to ask ourselves: Am I almost a Christian?
Jesus is better, and because Jesus is better, we should fix our eyes on Him and no one else. As we live the life God has marked out for us, we must choose to lay aside everything that hinders us from living it as best as we can.
What happens in our lives when we look through the eyes of faith? We inevitably must focus our gaze upward. When we fix our gaze on what is unseen, we begin to see that this world is not our home. We are aliens and strangers looking for a city who's architect and builder is God.
What is faith and what is faith not? If it is impossible to please God without faith, then this question is of utmost importance for us. The good news is the author of Hebrews lays it all out for us to follow.
As Christians, we know we need God's grace, we think we understand it, and we love to talk about it. But sometimes we struggle with what it looks like to live in grace. If Jesus has taken care of everything, what's left for us to do? That's the question the author answers in Hebrews 10.
We are given to fall in love with routine and organization in our lives. But when that bleeds into our relationship with God we sometimes think we have to work more in order to earn God's love and forgiveness. But Jesus put all that away by putting our religion in it's place...second place.
Maturity. A word that we want to apply to others but sometimes have a hard time applying to ourselves. The writer of Hebrews is astonished at how immature the listeners were in their spiritual life. So the question is: Are we mature?
Sometimes we don't think that Christ can relate to us. But knowing that Christ is our high priest, that He can relate to us, and we find encouragement in Him.
The word of God is alive and active! As we read the scripture, we find that it is also reading us. We find ourselves right in the crosshairs of God's word. It shows us who God is and who we are in God's plan.