Devotional Thought for Today- 9/26/20

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:30-31

AMP and RVR 1960

In context, Hebrews 10:26-39 may have many “titles” in your Bibles such as; Christ or Judgment or The Just Live by Faith. But what the real THEME of this passage is the Book of Hebrews most direct and serious waring against Apostasy

Some have claimed that this verse v.30 proves that if one backslides far enough they can loose their salvation. This can only be interpreted so if one takes this out of context and without the Whole Counsel of God.

In John 6:36-38 Jesus himself makes it very clear He will never cast out anyone whom the Father sends to Him. Yet just like the unfaithful and rebellious nation of Israel had to wander in the wilderness as punishment so too there are consequences to a faith that lacks depth. 

The writer quotes Deuteronomy 32:35–36 … vengeance is mine… again in context Israel sin causing God to punish them, again making it abundantly clear God is the same; yesterday, today and for eternity and in His righteousness He shall judge His called out ones (His true believers) even the terribly backslidden. 

Pray God will restore you to His righteousness today. 



Sunday’s Sermon Series

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Hosea 14:5-9

I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily;

he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon;

 6  his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive,

and his fragrance like Lebanon.

 7  They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow;

they shall flourish like the grain; they shall blossom like the vine;

their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

 8  O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?

It is I who answer and look after you.

I am like an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit.

 9  Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;

whoever is discerning, let him know them;

for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them,

but transgressors stumble in them. (ESV) 

Yo seré a Israel como rocío; él florecerá como lirio, y extenderá sus raíces como el Líbano.

Se extenderán sus ramas, y será su gloria como la del olivo, y perfumará como el Líbano.

Volverán y se sentarán bajo su sombra; serán vivificados como trigo, y florecerán como la vid; su olor será como de vino del Líbano.

Efraín dirá: ¿Qué más tendré ya con los ídolos? Yo lo oiré, y miraré; yo seré a él como la haya verde; de mí será hallado tu fruto.

¿Quién es sabio para que entienda esto, y prudente para que lo sepa? Porque los caminos de Jehová son rectos, y los justos andarán por ellos; mas los rebeldes caerán en ellos. (RVR 1960)

This morning one of my devotionals had verse 9b as a reading for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them, as I thought about the meaning of this, I came to the conclusion I have reached many times before when reading scripture; God’s ways are always righteous and correct only those living out God’s ways in their daily lives are upright (righteous) in God’s eyes. Those who are opposed to God those living in and loving the ways of the world stumble over (find the ways of God) a stumbling block to their lifestyle. – Mike

I found this series by Joel Beeke on Backsliding that I hope you will enjoy: 

Runners Recovering by Grace

(1) Reviving grace; (2) Sovereign grace; (3) Applied grace. 

Text Hosea 14:5-9 –  Sermon #4 in Series

Others in Series: 

Recognizing Injured Runners Text Hosea 11:7a Sermon #1 in Series 

Runners Returning by Faith Text Hosea 14:1-3 Sermon #2 in Series 

Runners Receiving God’s Medicines Text Hosea 14:4 Sermon #3 in Series 

Runners Enduring in the Race Text Hebrews 12:1-2 Sermon #5 in Series 

Wisdom From the Psalms

March 24

Psalms 31:9
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

Beverly felt guilty that she had not been to church for so long. Somehow things had gotten so hectic, and church had just kind of slipped away. Her husband worked six days a week, and she worked Saturday nights, so Sunday became the only day they really had together. The more she thought about missing church, the more guilt she felt, and the more guilt she felt, the harder it was to go back. She was thrilled and surprised when the pastor came past and told her how much they had been missed. When she tried to offer an excuse, he told her that he wasn’t there to scold, just to show concern.

We too often let guilt determine what our actions will be, rather than living as forgiven people. The Lord is more than willing to shower His children with mercy and grace. All we need do is ask with a penitent heart. The Lord will forgive us all that we ask.
Prayer: Thank You for Your gracious forgiving love, Lord. I am nothing without Your loving kindness. Hear me when I call out to You, Father, and be with me. Amen.

A Prayer for a Friend Doubting the Faith

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Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt. (Jude 21– 22)

Dear Jesus, the liar and thief is at it again, and a good friend has a bull’s-eye painted on his chest. The one who maliciously asked, “Did God really say . . . ?” (Gen. 3: 1) continues his unrelenting assault, seeking to twist, undermine, and sabotage the only Word that gives life. I long for the day when our already-defeated foe becomes our fully eradicated enemy. Hasten the day, Lord . . . hasten that day.

Jesus, as you know, this is a friend who’s {helped many people find peace in you}{new to the Faith*}{experiencing serious personal issues*}{backslidden*}, but right now he’s not really sure what he believes. He’s beyond anger. There’s a scary void in his eyes. He feels abandoned by you and cruelly punished. This could be burnout, but it feels like more.

I ache for him, Jesus. I groan for my friend and grapple for his heart. Help me love him well. Give me patience to stay present in his chaos. Help me wade through what feels like a smoke screen of theological questions to get to the real issues of his heart. What’s really going on inside of him, Jesus? Give me discernment. Give me good answers for honest questions, but give me great mercy for his real needs, whatever they are.

And please keep him from medicating in destructive ways. Pain makes us vulnerable, and isolation intensifies our demand for relief. He’s pulling away from those of us he’s walked with for years. That’s what concerns me the most. Jesus, I’ll keep pursuing and praying, but I put much more stock in your prayers than mine. You never stop interceding for us (Rom. 8: 34); you ever live to pray for us (Heb. 7: 25). I cannot imagine your prayers failing. Restore the joy of your salvation in my friend. Bring him home to your heart. As you prayed for the protection of your disciples, I’m confident of your prayers for my friend (John 17: 15). I pray with peace, in your tender and tireless name. Amen.

{*} are my additions, maybe you can think of more?

Edited from: Smith, Scotty. Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (p. 55). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.