Devo Day 8

Today's Reading: Hebrews 6 and 7

Hebrews 6:13-20

“When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to TAKE HOLD OF THE HOPE set before us may be greatly encouraged. WE HAVE THIS HOPE AS AN ANCHOR FOR THE SOUL, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Friends: The promise and the oath are meant to give us the deep confidence that we will inherit all that He promises us in Jesus! What does it mean that God has secured a future for us with promise and oath and that we are to “take hold of” it? What does “take hold of” mean in real life experience? How do we apply this “take hold of” in our everyday lives? Below are some ideas that spoke to us: 1. Meditate / journal, using references from the Bible, on how sure your hope is in the presence of God. 2. Pray earnestly and ask God to open your eyes, ears, heart and mind to this greatness & certainty. Ask Him to make us all openly responsive to what He reveals to us. 3. Intentionally reach out, exhort and help each other every day to “lay hold on hope”. Share some of your ideas in the comments. Foundational to “take hold of the hope”, the author of Hebrews also understands that our soul needs an anchor because it is inclined to drift. Life is hard, our days can be stormy! But, Friends, this HOPE anchor is “both sure and steadfast.” It is “sure” because it cannot break; therefore, it can absolutely be relied upon. It is “steadfast” because it is immovable, it cannot slip. Let us not miss “the two unchangeable things”: the unchanging nature of God’s purpose and that it is impossible for God to lie. Our HOPE cannot and will not fail! Bad things do happen and cross the paths of God’s people every day, but we have an ANCHOR OF HOPE that will and does prevail! Let’s take hold of this anchor of hope: Hebrews 7:25 Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them! Hallelujah! Bill & Sonya Polino

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