The day of Rest

Well, this blog has been up for several days, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

I’m starting to see how this deal is going to work, I think I’ll have devotions Monday through Friday, something different on Saturday (not quite sure what yet, but praying about it), and then NOTHING on Sunday!

“Why?” you ask.  “Wait, isn’t it Sunday…and I’m reading this post” you say. Well call this one the exception.  I really just want to encourage you to be in fellowship today (Sunday that is).

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NLT)

In Hebrews 10, the writer encourages us to do three things:

  1. Hold tightly to the hope in God.  There is no promise that God has not kept (double negative…I know), and he’s not about to start now, with you. One way you can hold tightly to the hope in him is to get into Church and be lifted up in sound Biblical teaching!
  2. Motivate others to acts of love and good works. I don’t think the writer is telling us to convince others to be loving and do good works. Rather, he says to motivate others. One great way to motivate others is to lead by example. There is just something about serving others for the Lord that encourages and strengthens you, and motivates others to do the same. Of course, if you’re sitting on your couch at home it’s a little tough to do this, so the solution to that is to get into a Biblically sound Church!
  3. Do Not neglect to meet together, but encourage each other. I’ve heard people say, “I can be a Christian without a Church”, Yes, you can believe in God without going to church; Yes, you can be saved without going to church; But Jesus say’s “By their fruit you will know them”.  What kind of apple tree does not produce apples? Dead apple trees!  What kind of Christians do nothing for God? Dead Christians! I know this is a tough message to hear, but it is so relevant in a world where we think that we can do everything on our own.  This is not lost on the writer of Hebrews, we need to be in fellowship with other believers.  Now, I understand there are bed ridden people out there, there are people who cannot get out of the house, so for those believers, I pray that you are plugged into ministries that you can watch on TV, or online (Solid, Bible Teaching Ministries, none of this cotton candy christianity *Thanks Matt  🙂 ).  For the rest of us…Get Into Church.

The writer of Hebrews calls us to these three things, and we should be dedicated to following that direction…not for ourselves, but for the edification of the entire body of Christ!  Find a good, solid, Bible teaching church that is not going to tickle your ears and is more concerned with your salvation than your feelings (anyone willing to put aside your salvation to make you feel better is a wolf in sheep’s clothing).

I will not be posting on Sunday’s, instead I encourage you to be filled with the Spirit through the teaching at your church, serve others, lift up your family, and spend some time in rest!

God Bless You All-

Ben

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