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Living And Powerful

LIVING AND POWERFUL The Word of God is living and powerful… —Hebrews 4:12a Seeds are alive. Because of the unique DNA embedded within seeds, each one is capable of reproducing itself, whether it be from a tree, a vine, or a plant. In Luke 8, when Jesus gave the parable of a man who sowed seed on four different types of soil, He said, “Now the seed is the Word of God.” This means that when you take in the Word of God, it plants itself in your heart and begins to transform you. **God’s Word begins to change you—from…

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The Deceitfulness of Sin

THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. —Hebrews 3: 13 Sin is deceitful—wickedly deceitful. On the surface, sin looks to be pleasurable, but the Bible warns us that, “There is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 16: 25). Sin justifies itself. You have heard those justifications. “Times have changed; everyone is doing it.” “I’m only human.” “Just one time can’t hurt you.” “I can’t help it, God made me this way.” **Being…

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Entering God’s Rest

ENTERING GOD’S REST So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest.” —Hebrews 3: 11 The writer of Hebrews is quoting from Psalm 95 concerning the day when the people failed to enter the Promised Land, failed to experience the peace and abundance God wanted to give them. God has promised us rest. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11: 28). When you receive Jesus as your Savior, one of the first experiences you have is deep peace. Having surrendered, you are no…

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Drifting

DRIFTING Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. —Hebrews 2: 1 Hebrews was written to warn those Jews drifting back into Judaism that the old ways were not the answer, because now we have God’s final revelation through His Son. The word “therefore” refers back to the previous chapter which discussed how in times past, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets. The writer then said that in these last days God spoke through a more direct revelation—He spoke through His Son, Jesus. So we must heed the…

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The Message

THE MESSAGE God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son… —Hebrews 1: 1-2 God has been speaking to man from the beginning of time. He speaks through nature, through His prophets, through His Word, through visions, and through dreams. He speaks through the still small, inner voice. Sometimes He speaks in an audible voice. God is still speaking to us; the problem is that we do not always listen. In the Bible, we see that man distorted God’s…

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Charge It To Me

CHARGE IT TO ME But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. —Philemon 18 The book of Philemon is actually a letter Paul wrote to intercede on behalf of Onesimus, a runaway slave. Evidently, when he left, Onesimus stole some money from Philemon who lived in Colossi. Using the money, he made his way to Rome—no doubt hoping to be lost in the crowd. But Onesimus was arrested and placed into prison, where he met Paul the apostle. Paul began to witness to him of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and Onesimus was…

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Justified

JUSTIFIED That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. —Titus 3: 7 Through mercy God forgives you of your sins. But by grace He justifies you, and that means He has dismissed the charges against you. He has wiped the slate clean. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8: 1). Because you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord, as God looks at you today He sees you as absolutely innocent. So where justice is getting what we deserve, and mercy is…

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The Blessed Hope

THE BLESSED HOPE Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…—Titus 2: 13 The believer’s hope is eternal life with God. For us, death is not the end; it is simply a metamorphosis. It is merely a change of body. But if your hope isn’t in Jesus Christ for eternal life, then as Paul said, you are “without Christ… having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2: 12). **If you don’t have Christ, then you don’t have God… and you don’t have hope. We believers hope not only for…

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Profession vs. Practice

PROFESSION VS. PRACTICE They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.—Titus 1: 16 A lot of people think that because they say, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep,” then that means they know God. But that is a false sense of security if you are not living the way you should be. As Jesus said, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6: 46). Which do you think God is…

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