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Hebrews 6:1 sums up my feelings right now. “So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.” I am so sick of weak sermons, weak application of faith, surface level prayer. By the way, I’m talking about myself. Hebrews 1:9 says, “You love what is right and hate what is wrong.” I don’t always do this and I hate it.

Instead I should write Romans 7:15-20 “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”

However, I do not want to solely blame satan. I make a choice daily. Unfortunately, I drift away sometimes (Hebrews 2:1). But what can I do to correct this?

Answer:

1. Cling to him and never stop trusting (Hebrews 4:14)

2. Enter his place of rest (Hebrews 4:3)

3. Make sure that our own hearts are not evil and unbelieving (Hebrews 3:12)

4. Warn each other daily (Hebrews 3:13)

5. Keep up our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ (Hebrews 3:6)

6. Listen carefully to the truth (Hebrews 2:1)

7. Allow the Word to expose us for what we are (Hebrews 4:12)

8. Learn obedience from the things we suffer (Hebrews 5:8)

9. Train yourself [with spiritual disciplines] (Hebrews 5:14)

10. Rely on God’s promise and oath (Hebrews 6:18)

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“One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.” -Psalm 62:11-12

This verse has been a witness to me this past month. I have felt so alone, so confused, broken, weak, unloving, and worse….unloveable…yet through all this, the God of the universe offers His strength and love to me.

There is not much that needs to be said. Take five mins and read that verse over and again. Listen to this Jon Foreman song called, ‘Your Love Is Strong‘ as well (I recommend listening to it while reading the verse). They go hand in hand pretty well.

Praying for you my brothers.

Oops. I forgot to blog last Sunday so I’m hitting it twice this weekend.

Three Verses. One Message.

Psalm 17:1b “Give ear to my prayer – it does not rise from deceitful lips.

Psalm 18:23-24 “I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin. The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness.”

Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight.”

Listen, God judges accordingly which means that he sees through our deceit and lies to others and ourselves. He knows us. He knows where my heart is when I’m praying and when I’m interacting with others. He sees the real me even when I don’t. My prayer is to see myself the way God does, take a good look and correct the deficiencies.

Cheers.

Repeatedly, the psalmist says “show me your ways (ps. 25:4); confide in those who fear him (ps. 25:14); and hear my voice (ps. 27:7). He and I both want God to hear us. We both want to be his apprentice which means following his every step, hanging on his every word, being covered in the dust of his sandals (I read Rob Bell too). How cool would it be to be in that close of communion with God. This blog continues to prod  me in that direction. God, The Word, and the fellowship…A great story of human frailty and heroism.