Hebrews 6 : 13 - 20
January 29 , 2017
God made a promise to Abraham saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants. And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” (Vs 14-15) God is faithful to do what He says He will do, and as we grow in our faith, we become more and more aware of God’s faithfulness and assurance. Why do so many doubt God and waiver in their belief, which in turn causes stress, anxiety, discouragement, and frustration in life. How can we become stronger and more steadfast in our relationship with the Lord?
Some days you may feel as if God is distant and far removed from your everyday life. Many struggle and find it difficult to sense His presence. This is often true when your circumstances are challenging and changing at a rapid pace. Many people feel that their lives are spinning out of control and they do not know what to do to bring back some feeling of sense and stability to their hurried lifestyles. To many people God seems far away and yet as Christians, we are called to intimacy in our daily lives and we are to help bring others closer to God in order to experience His love and plan for our lives. We are called to exalt and magnify the Lord Jesus Christ!
Are there times when you feel distant from God?
How can we help ourselves and others who feel this way?
Whenever you sense your relationship with God growing cold, it is wise to examine your heart. Have you been distracted from seeking Him? Do you find yourself more concerned with the details of your life than your relationship with Him? Have you compromised any Biblical principles? Have you walked away from your responsibilities and commitment to the Lord? Have you taken your eyes off the “Author and Finisher” of your faith. You may find yourself unknowingly drifting further and further away from the Lord and the spiritual things that should be so important in a right relationship with Him. The signs of this “lukewarm” infection could be one who is not committed to attend and worship God on a regular basis. One who no longer is willing to volunteer and serve the Lord? One who no longer desires to participate in Christian fellowship through spending time with fellow believers? One who makes no investment in the work of the Kingdom by not giving on a regular basis? One who lives only for self? What can one do to stop the distractions and the drifting?
Stop and ask someone who loves the Lord with all their heart if they see Jesus in your lifestyle? If not ask them to promise to throw a cup of ice water on you to get your attention and tell you to snap out of it!
3 Drawing Near
Like a boat in turbulent waters, it is easy to drift from Him if you are not anchored to the truth of His Word. The Word says that God wants to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, by confirming it with an oath. God made a covenant with Abraham and God wants to make a covenant with you through the Lord Jesus Christ and His grace gift of salvation. The Word says that God loves us, it is impossible for God to lie, and if we take hold of this hope offered to us, we will be greatly encouraged. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.” (Vs 19-20a) We are to return to the Lord by drawing near through seeking His Holy Presence and opening and receiving His Holy Word. Then no matter what happens, you will certainly be strong, steadfast, and immovable. In His presence, we stay anchored and strong!