Journal 189

Hebrews 13:20-21: “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

I am going through multiple books/epistles in the Bible, which includes the book of Numbers. I feel like I am going through the wilderness similar to what the Israelites went through. Today my pastor, Tim Conway, preached and the fear of God was emphasized: “Now when the people complained, it displeased the LORD; for the LORD heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the LORD burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.” (Numbers 11:1).

I needed to not only the fear of God to renew my mind but also the gracious promises. I do not remember if Tim referenced a passage in Hebrews 13, and I do not remember what I was thinking when I turned to that chapter. There had to be a connection with what the preacher was saying and what Hebrews 13 had to say.

My bible is marked in such a way that if I turn to a particular verse I will notice the surrounding verses with a glance. The Lord gave me such precious truths to cling to. Firstly, Hebrews 13:5-6 says, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?'”

Then I noticed Hebrews 13:20-21. What a glorious passage to bring to the throne of grace through prayer to the Heavenly Father! Christ was raised from the dead! I am owned by the Great Shepherd. What can my enemies do to me as I journey through the valley of shadow and death? If Philippians 4:19 is as real to me as it ought to be, there will never be complaining.

Lastly, Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”

 

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