288 Today, 27OCT
New to me scriptures are powerful and sweet… Just like, but on a smaller scale of course, new to me songs from my favorite artists… They are sweet treats…. And scripture from powerful teachers of God’s ways are gifts for salvation realization…
These Hebrews scriptures talk about “TODAY”, what are we going to do today? If you hear from God TODAY in any way then don’t harden your heart to it. I truly feel this means ANY sign from God… This means EVERYTHING… for everything good is from HIM. “12 For the word of God is alive and active”. …. “it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight….”
And although we look past TODAY to the future and our future rest that HIS work will bring in us, we must first work on TODAY for the blessings of all of God’s wishes for the collective WHOLE. Our work is to LOVE, to count blessings, to encourage others, to not tear down, to NOT harden our hearts when things don’t go our way… And don’t get pulled into sinful ways just because it’s a more attractive or easy path, just don’t do it…
“7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.”” “we are HIS house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”
TODAY is the day to work towards our Lord’s goal of being in HIS house, it is then He will give us rest, eternal peace…
Amen and have a great TODAY !!!
LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Hebrews 3 (NIV)
Jesus Greater Than Moses
3 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
Warning Against Unbelief
7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. 10 That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” 16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God
4 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’” And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
PS – when this all started for me, I was so amazed and confused at why God was in my head so much – every single day (and privately I really thought I was going mentally ill)… And a friend said maybe I was in the movie “Groundhog Day”… well I think this scripture helps me remember that this year-long repeating “Groundhog Day” is actually called TODAY… and TODAY is another great day to praise God
TODAY was created to turn hearts towards God – TODAY was and is needed because there are so many who need it – to appreciate it – to find God in Today to find Rest in Tomorrow…