Architect and Builder

The verses in Hebrews 3:1-6 build on what the readers know of Judaism and how esteemed Moses was to the Jews. He had led the Jews out of bondage in Egypt, brought them the Ten Commandments, and wrote the first five books of the Old Testament.

Moses was a faithful servant to the house of God but Jesus was the architect and builder of the house (v. 3). The characteristic of Christ as high priest most prominently set out in these verses is that He is the faithful Son over the house of God.

If we, study and think about the characteristics of Christ by understanding how He lived on earth, we gain insight for how to live our own lives. He leads us as a friend to great faith and accomplishment. We are the heirs of Christ not because we are perfect but by grace.

The right steps we can take are to always worship the Lord because God’s love found us first. Christ is the architect and builder of our life and can smooth out the rough edges so we fit into the Kingdom.

Sometimes our priorities get out of order and we put our time into activities that really don’t matter that much but if our time is put into worship and praise of the Lord, we are building a life that matters.

The below picture was taken at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit commonly known as Guildford Cathedral located just southwest of London in Guildford, Surrey, England. I took this while I was on a study/travel trip to England in 1983.

Because of Christ, we are considered the Temple of God because His Spirit lives in us so what is really important is to remove distractions, set up a time, set up a place, and spend time with God on a daily basis. If we do, we are putting first things first and everything else has a much better chance to fall in place.

This day with God will be amazing because things fall into place because of His grace.

Because of the Savior,
there is a change in behavior;
following where He leads
and doing good deeds;
accepting the truth
and teaching our youth;
learning His ways
and giving Him praise.

This day with You Lord, we have a plan to follow. You are the architect and builder that has provided the plan for us to follow as we make choices. Today, help us to gain insight as we seek to take in what is good for our body and soul. We hunger for what is good for our soul and seek freedom to live a fulfilling life through Christ. Amen.

 

Posted in Accurate Thinking, Bible Study | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boarding Pass

This poem is inspired by 2 Timothy 2:14-26 from the Bible. As we sail away on our voyage of life, we want to make sure we get the boarding pass to a vessel that is proven, leads us to where we want to go, and has the Captain who sees the obstacles ahead.

Step Ahead

Secular culture
Stirs up the drama
Always pointing out
All of the trauma.

Look at the news,
Go to a movie,
Listen to music,
And all is gloomy.

The challenge we face
Is to fill our thoughts
With things that give hope
Not tie us in knots.

So when sailing away
On this voyage of life
Use the boarding pass
That takes away strife.

By getting on board
Through amazing grace
With the destination
Of His embrace.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 12-19-2019
Inspired by “This Day with God Devotional – 2 Timothy 2:14-26

View original post

Posted in Poems | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Questions for Reflection for Study of Hebrews 3 – 6

Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some thoughts and ideas from the journey through the book of Hebrews.

You were wonderfully made and as the post “Being True to the Best in You” points out, the power of God is inside. By accepting Christ as Savior, you can be all that God made you to be.

Some thoughts and ideas were shared in the post “Come in the Glory of the Father” about the purpose for angels. Angels speak life and bind one to Christ as the intermediary between God and humanity.

The world is full of worthless things but as pointed out in the post “The Way of Truth”, our destiny is recovered by Christ if we accept the invitation of His leadership, help, and forgiveness.

The post “Finish the Race as Champion” explains how our relationship to Christ affects our daily living. Jesus blazed a trail to victory for you and me. There is no need to make things harder than they ought to be but simply accept the victory provided by the ONE who destroyed even death and gave us liberty for our destiny.

As explained in the post “Rock Solid Over Time”, Christ leads us by example to inspire us to overcome obstacles we face. We can courageously step ahead on solid ground to do more than ever imagined because the things that cause harm to us no longer have power over us.

The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable to sharing about God’s word. As I share about my study of the next few posts, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with God amazing!

Questions for Reflection

Hebrews 3:1-6
How does this passage build on what the readers know of Judaism? Which characteristics of Christ as high priest is most prominently set out in these verses? What steps can you take to make sure your actions reveal a high view of Jesus?

Hebrews 3:7-19
Determine the meaning of God’s rest for the children of Israel (See Numbers 14)? What causes hardness of heart? What can you do to prevent hardness of heart? Whom should you exhort (v. 13) today? How do you respond to exhortation from others?

Hebrews 4:1-13
How should we respond to the Good News? Upon what basis can we enter God’s rest? Why can’t you fool God about your attitude toward Him?

Hebrews 4:14 through 5:1-14
What is the basic problem of the Hebrews? To what extent is this your problem? What can you do today to change? What are the qualifications for a priest? How is obedience related to suffering in your life?

Hebrews 6:1-8
What are the characteristics of being enlightened? How does the illustration from nature substantiate the “impossibility”? Can the saved lose their salvation?

Hebrews 6:9-20
What is God’s promise to Abraham (See Gen. 22:15-18)? What are the two metaphors used for hope? To what extent should these metaphors offer encouragement? How does the position of Jesus as high priest present to us the reality of our hope?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God. 

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts

Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print. 

“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. N.p., n.d. Web.  <http://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.

“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.

Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.

“Bing.” Microsoft. N.p., n.d. Web. Images >.

“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.

To store up thoughts that are good for the soul, listen to a sermon. Download the free app in the App Store or on Google Play. Look for First Waco.

 

 

 

Posted in Bible Study, Devotionals, Questions for Reflection | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments