Monday, March 12, 2007

Hebrews 12


How do we live the life God is calling us to? How do we stretch our hearts beyond their limits? It's no easy task. Yet that is what God asks us to do. There are so many of you reading this who are running a spiritual and emotional marathon. DON'T GIVE UP! You can do this. When you look back you will know that you are CHANGED- a new creation. Your old life will seem like a sad little shadow of the glory God has brought you into. Please don't make the mistake of thinking you know what you want or need. God knows us far better than we could ever know ourselves. He has better things for us than we can fathom.
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Hebrews 12
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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.* He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God's throne in heaven. Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don't become weary and give up.
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After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
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And have you entirely forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you, his children? He said,
"My child, don't ignore it when the Lord disciplines you,
and don't be discouraged when he corrects you.
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For the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes those he accepts as his children."*
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As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children.
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Who ever heard of a child who was never disciplined? If God doesn't discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children after all. Since we respect our earthly fathers who disciplined us, should we not all the more cheerfully submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father and live forever*?
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For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God's discipline is always right and good for us because it means we will share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening-it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
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So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.
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With Love, Angel

4 comments:

Natalie said...

Thanks for the lift! I love when you say not to make the mistake of thinking we know what we want or need because God knows us far better than we could ever know ourselves. So very true. He knows us, He knows the path of our lives and His timing is perfect.

A comment on your last post...thought that was so funny about painting your table several times, because I have seriously done the same thing with ours! It is black right now, but desperately needs a facelift!

Crystal said...

ooooh I needed this! You are just amazing --I needed this--do you ever sometimes just crave the Word but there are not enough hours in the day right now--I need all day to spend with our Lord but I just don't have that kind of time and I don't think I will until they are 18!!!! But I am lovin every minute of being a mom you know!!!

This picture if just heart wrenching I mean heart wrenching is that Zoe's birthmom? It brought me to tears

Jane-Jane said...

love your posts!

Nichole...aka Mia's Mommy said...

LOVED the post, to mimic others, and that picture just broke my heart.. I too am wondering who that is with Zoe, and wanted to say...she is GORGEOUS whoever she is.

I just want to Hugs Zoe and make her stop crying.
Nichole