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Day Five: “Faith, Hope and Love”

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Hebrews 10:19-26 - Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

The ‘therefore’ at the beginning of this passage is referring to the sufficiency of Christ’s life, and his death on the cross, we have a brand new relationship with God. That is our beginning point. As we fix our eyes on Jesus we begin there, and not with the old but in this new enduring way. We have a whole new race and a whole new and living way opened for us to run this race now. Because of Christ’s enduring love, we run in the presence of God. Here in this passage, there are three practical ways that lead to long lasting faith and that help us remain in the ‘patient endurance’ that comes from Christ.

1) “Draw near to God in faith.” Our God loves us, and He marked out this race for us. And He knows that we can faithfully run and experience the grace to keep one foot in front of the other. As we draw near to God we will also see more clearly how we are to endure through the situation or moment. We are less likely to race after temporary solutions or empty resolutions to try and ‘get through’ because we are experiencing the powerful reality and Presence of God. Draw near to Him and the race will be clearer, and the run stronger and steady in Him.

2) Hold unswervingly to the hope we have in Christ…He is faithful. What do we hope for? Endurance still holds on to hope, but not a wishful thinking. The hope we have in Christ grounds us in His kingdom reality, His way of love, and His power to resolve and bring about His purpose and plan. It is a hope that will not lead to disappointment. Unswervingly here means, that which does not bend or that which is straight. We hold onto the Christian hope, which is grounded in the person and work of Christ, without being moved by changing circumstances. It is the long obedience, it’s that day in and day out holding onto God’s promises, knowing His greatness, and trusting that He is doing immeasurably more than all we need or could imagine in our lives.

3) And lastly: Encourage one another in love. Our endurance is not just a private affair, it is weaved into the church, weaved into our brothers and sisters who are running the same race, living the same calling, and enduring in the same loving ways. Therefore enduring is also being together with God’s people, engaging life with them and embracing all that God has for us. Tough situations that require enduring faith can bury us; but love, choosing to intentionally love our brothers and sisters can free us from ourselves. Just as Christ’s love, the enduring love displayed on the cross saved us, that same love among each other rescues, strengthens and sustains the enduring faith in us. And we can press on with the church, with one another into the greater things that God has planned for us.

In 1 Corinthians 13:13 it says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.” And enduring church is one that remains, and keeps remaining for the glory of God through faith, hope and love. With these three we will run the race marked out for us together…and we will finish the race together for God’s glory. Let’s pray that there will be an increase of this ‘togetherness.’  And let’s pray that we will draw near to God together in faith and in all situations, hope together in His promises and faithfulness, and love each other as He has loved us. ‘O Lord, make us one for your glory. Help us run together as the display of your love, a love that runs red because of the blood of Jesus, who loved us and gave His life for us.’

Day Four: “Pursue Endurance”

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Day Three: “This Hope Will Not Lead to Disappointment”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Day Two: “The Patient Endurance from Christ”

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Day One: “Let Us Run…”

Monday, June 15th, 2015