And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. Hebrews 9:27-28 NASB
In this Holy Week commemorating Jesus’s death and resurrection, where is your mind focused? We already know that Jesus rose from the dead but those watching Jesus go to the cross and be buried, were they eagerly waiting for His return to the living? What victory for those who saw Him resurrected.
🌹”to those who eagerly await Him.” Are you eagerly awaiting the arrival of King Jesus? His return?!
Therefore, we must fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. Hebrews 4:1 NASB
Evaluation of the importance of God and His word in your life is vital.
And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— 2 Corinthians 6:1 NASB
(Recommended that you read all of 2 Corinthians 6).
For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also did; but the word they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united with those who listened with faith. Hebrews 4:2 NASB
The word working in you confirms your faith and unites you with the like-minded believer of God’s word. Don’t sell yourself short by missing out on the daily feeding of God’s word. It opens doors to experiences with God beyond anything you can imagine.
For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of mere men, but as what it really is, the word of God, which also is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NASB
🌹 Therefore, let us read God’s word daily so we don’t fall short of God’s rest nor take His grace in vain, being united with other believers by the same faith.
And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece. Luke 9:2-3 NASB
Do you trust the Lord God to provide for your every need?
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you. Matthew 6:33 NASB
Satisfy us in the morning with Your graciousness, That we may sing for joy and rejoice all our days. Psalms 90:14 NASB
Do you have an established time each day when you set aside time to spend with your Creator, Father, Savior? Oh to spend time in the early morning, experiencing His graciousness through prayer and His word. Sets the tone and focus for the entire day.
With our focus on God we enjoy His leading. . .
Send out Your light and Your truth, they shall lead me; They shall bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places. Psalms 43:3 NASB
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly person for Himself; The Lord hears when I call to Him. Psalms 4:3 NASB
My soul longed and even yearned for the courtyards of the Lord ; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalms 84:2 NASB
There is a river whose streams make the city of God happy, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. Psalms 46:4-5 NASB
🌹Sing for joy in the Lord, you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. Psalms 33:1 NASB
And He humbled you and let you go hungry, and fed you with the manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, in order to make you understand that man shall not live on bread alone, but man shall live on everything that comes out of the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3 NASB
🌹Are you feasting or starving? Living or dying?
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalms 119:103 NASB
(God speaking to Moses) “Leave Me alone, that I may destroy them (the Israelites, God’s own chosen people) and wipe out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you (Moses) a nation mightier and greater than they.” Then I (Moses) fell down before the Lord like the first time, for forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin whichyou (Israelites) had committed by doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. The Lord was also angry enough with Aaron to destroy him; so I also prayed for Aaron at the same time. Deuteronomy 9:14, 18, 20
Oh that we would seek to have a heart for the lost and wayward. So much that we would willingly sacrifice our comfort – food, drink, sleep, and interceed (pray) on their behalf before the Lord. OR That we would revere our Holy God so much we would care about His name and reputation.
“So I fell down before the Lord for the forty days and nights, which I did because the Lord said He would destroy you. And I prayed to the Lord and said, ‘Lord God, do not destroy Your people, Your inheritance, whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand! Otherwise, the people of the land from which You brought us will say, “Since the Lord was not able to bring them into the land which He had promised them, and since He hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness!” Deuteronomy 9:25-26, 28 NASB
🌹In the name of and for God’s sake are you praying for the lost in your nation to the glory of God?
“Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God by failing to keep His commandments, His ordinances, and His statutes which I am commanding you today; otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, and you build good houses and live in them, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; Deuteronomy 8:11-12, 14 NASB
Sometimes, . . . many times, contentment in the things of this world can draw our focus away from God. The God who is the supplier of our needs.
How do we keep from becoming proud? Be in the word of God daily. Talk (pray) to God continually throughout the day. Obey Him. And praise Him with a thankful heart for the blessings He gives.
🌹Don’t forget the freedom you were given in Jesus.
Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His faithfulness to a thousand generations for those who love Him and keep His commandments; Deuteronomy 7:9 NASB
but showing favor (faithfulness) to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Deuteronomy 5:10 NASB
🌹 Does the knowledge of the faithful God move your heart to love and obedience to Him?
Then the Lord spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form— there was only a voice. Deuteronomy 4:12 NASB
We may not see the Lord God but His voice still speaks today. The God of the Old Testament is the same God of today. He does not change. He speaks to mankind.
You said, ‘Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire; we have seen today that God speaks with mankind, yet he lives. Deuteronomy 5:24 NASB
Like the nations that the Lord eliminates from you, so you shall perish, because you would not listen to the voice of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 8:20 NASB
How do we hear the voice of God? I know He is able, still today, to speak through a burning bush, but today. . . He gave us His Word in written form; the gift of prayer to converse with Him; His Holy Spirit who speaks to our heart; His church for counsel and confirmation and circumstances in our lives (God is in control) to speak to us.
🌹Can you hear and are you listening to the voice of God?
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.