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Day Five – “Through Jesus…”

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Hebrews 13:1-16

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?”

7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

This reads a little bit like Leviticus 19, saying essentially, “Be this way, and don’t be another way, because of Who God is.”  But in the middle of it is this, Hebrews 13 says we now have an altar from which those in Leviticus were unable to eat.  It is our Lord Jesus, who suffered “to make the people holy through his own blood.”  Therefore, through Jesus, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

Let’s thank God that we have the blood of the Lord Jesus, which makes us His holy people.  Let’s pray that the name of Jesus and the praise of God will continually be on our lips and in our hearts.  Pray and receive this in your own life, and then pray for a few in our church who are on your heart.  Let’s sing today - throughout the day - praising Him with our lips in song.

Day Four – “Being Transformed Into His Image”

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Day Three – “Praise Be To God…”

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Day Two – “A Heart the Loves and Obeys Him.”

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Day One – “Be Holy, Because I, the Lord Your God, Am Holy.”

Monday, June 16th, 2014