by Christina Farris
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: Contradictions of the world has to do with people willing to believe lies and not truth. Jesus temptation was seen as the war against Christ current position already declared. As children of God, upon faith in Christ Jesus the war begins, with whose child do we want to be. We are born into a world made for destruction, but in the same instance we are to take care of the world made for destruction. If a builder builds a building they hope it will stand longer then hundred years, but they will not know the day of its destruction, or whether their hope is in vain. God's house is built with truth, and devils house is built with lies. Lies from his own making as well as lies of others. God's house is built on the foundation of Christ the word of God and will not be destroyed The foundation of Christ must be believed that he came in the flesh and was resurrected in the flesh. Christ journey was to walk the road of faith as we ought to, as we believe in God's word in faith despite even the errors of legal and religious leaders. Sometimes lies are not changed, but the lie will eventually be discovered and destroyed with truth.
What is contradicition, but opposition of truth. As human beings we stand either in contradiction of truth or a lie, not even knowing we stood in the wake of a lie at times. Why because in truth we believe people we are to respect and hold dear to us based sometimes on more lies, or truth depending on the person. The respect of our leaders is often misguided by their mistakes. Yet the forgiveness of mistakes is often seen as nothing really could be done, or oops it could of happened to me. The reality or misleading of error. Jesus taught truth throughout his ministry sometimes in parables so only those truly seeking truth understood it. In fact his disciples asked him on more then one occasion tell us the meaning of the parable. His disciples were men seeking truth and understanding of all Jesus said.
The rules of faith are broken down to if we desire to obey the truth then we must strive against sin of believing the lies of the devil. To run the race that set before us, we must do so with patience. Jesus ran his race carrying his torch of truth. The other day as I flipped through social media all the campaign ads are beginning to show, and i almost decided to get rid of all advertisement of political arena. The reason being most are either commanding you to vote one way or another, or proganda with no truth in the ad, except for the fact a person is running for office. Nothing is proven without evidence. Here the evidence in scripture Christ says the anti christ will come doing miracles and one has to remember the limitations of Pharaohs magicians. Yet the reality is we hear about lying wonders and evidence of deception and the confusion comes with how do you know. The truth is the evidence in political field is only when things filter down to the public and if what they suggest and make into law is true and works without a glitch. Yeah sounds more like a dream.
There is a point when one study scripture one must learn to be able to knock down the lies of Satan. If God said this, and Satan comes to test your mind and says will the Bible also says this, then the word of truth must be rightly divide. Once rightly divided it easily followed and obeyed. Peace comes with truth. Peace must come to the believe who wars against the lies and temptation of Satan. Be willing to dig deep into God's word and come to the surface of truth. What truth reveals is either our sin or what we are doing and believing is right.
What is interesting is the temple leaders did not allow the gentile nation into the inner sanctuary. God is for all people, but God has rules in his house. Some follow God's rules only to discover their own unholiness in not searching scripture for truth. It like receiving a credit card advertising for a better line of credit and when the interest rate is seen you know it is only a lie. Unholiness is caused by sin, one is holy because they are saved by Christ, and yet deceptive is if one is still in sin. What is unholiness, the refusal to believe God and obey his word. Our holiness is living in sin and not striving to be free from it. Getting another credit card seldom helps a credit problem, but it may make easier a situation for a time if controlled. Sin continues if not put in check and stopped, Sin continues if you hear not God's word.
However are we in heaven or on earth, and is the laws of earth different then heaven? Are we trying to make earth heaven. Then one has to define heaven. Find a rich man with a hot tube a jacuzzi and five women and ask him if he in heaven or has a housefull of warring women. Now ask a man with one wife if he is heaven, and he may say he hopes it better on the other side. Why because a nagging wife is a headache to man not willing to do his part in a home. Ask any man that has a wife that actually gives him a honey-do-list, and does it, does your wife complain? Not one bit. Ask that same man when the last time he fixed something without a list. What about the wife's, what will she say? The point being God is not a nagging wife, he has given you a list of commands and all you have to do is love. Love being first keep God's commandments and he claims you are his child because he believes your word and believe in his Son. If the man does the list of things the wife needs doing is he not her spouse. And in truth it can be the opposite if a wife takes care of all those wifely things is she not the man's wife. The question then is whose child are you? Are you striving in sin, or striving to obey God's voice first in submission to Him and to his laws of love or in opposition by striving to sin.
One can not be in the race toward heaven without being on the right road. If you are a believer seeped in sin your going in the wrong direction, and you do not want God to say to you, your only here because Christ freed you from the yoke of sin and covered you with his blood, your reward in heaven is only seen by your works and your works are only the things you done right and you have nothing to account as being done right, but I do not see your mistakes so you are blessed with zero. The way you strive toward heaven is doing good works not for the reward, but because you love Jesus. Yet reward is in heaven. The reward for all the good things you do for Him as a child of God. Does not a wife make a cake for her loving spouse, or buy that new thing-of-a-bob he been waiting for because he does a task she asked him to complete. Of course she does. See that is the failing of seeing God blessing comes in many ways when we choose to serve him and follow His commands. Following first comes with obedience to his commands and branches to obedience of the Spirit not just the writing of the law on the heart but allowing him to guide one in obedience to his voice: Example being Noah building an ark, Philip witnessing to Eunuch, to Paul standing before Roman. It begins at the humble begins of faith and submission to do God's will. Where is your faith to overcome. Where is your faith to achieve.
It is interesting that Hebrew 12:14 says follow peace with all men and holiness, without no man see the Lord. Yet we all stand before the judgment seat. In it is true, we are not God's child if we do not strive for peace and holiness. It hard to do, but some do it better then others.
Dear Heavenly Father open our hearts to the hearing of your word and be willing to submit to your word not for reward but because of whose child we are. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Thankgiving Day Countdown: Day 15: Thank you Lord for peace that only you bring to our hearts we we obey you.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Hebrews 12:14 KJV Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Remember you got a covering through Christ Jesus. You God hope with Jesus, and you got to run the course of faith once believing, or you might discover you really not his child.