Friday January 28, 2022

Friday – January 28th – Hebrews 6:7-8     -----    

6:7) For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God;
8) but if it bears thorns and briars, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. 
 The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     Happy Friday to you! How would you grade out your week in terms of being a faithful follower of Jesus? In seizing opportunities to witness to others? These should be questions we ask ourselves each and every day and not just as the week comes to an end. Our inspirational thought is a great reminder that we need to focus more on what God has commanded us to do and less on how we humans, using the filters of our own agendas, interrupt what we think God wants others to do. I have a long-time friend whose simple motto was – and the bases of a sermon if he would ever preach one – “love God and hate sin”. Jesus put it another way by saying we are to love God and love our neighbor. I admit I need to spend more time today on doing what Jesus said and did.
    In our pick verses today, we close out this opening section of chapter six that focuses on the real possibility of falling away from God. The author uses an illustration from nature showing our accountability to God for both our potential to work for the Kingdom of Heaven and in the opportunities of witness, service, and generosity given to us as followers of Jesus. Anyone who has grown a garden, planted a flower bed, or seeded a yard knows the truth in these two verses. Good seed has the potential to produce good results. The more we tend to their early growth the greater the probability of a bountiful harvest. We are also probably well experienced in the challenge of fighting weeds in our growing plot. Pulling weeds has not, is not, and never will be one of my favorite things to do. And I know from experience if I don’t stay on top of weeding, then there is a point the job seems so overwhelming that I just let it go. Our personal spiritual development must also be attended to without ceasing. Otherwise, if we employ a hit and miss strategy of spiritual growth, each time becomes harder to jump back in when the weeds of life our taking over our relationship with God. Seek out the Holy Spirit today to set a plan of action. Intentionally take time to pull some weeds this weekend.

  Pastor Jim
Saturday – January 29th – Hebrews 6:9-10

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 4980). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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