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SIH’s Think On These Things: Heb 11:24-26

Heb 11:24-26  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;  (25)  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;  (26)  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

Moses’ defense of his Israelite brother is retold in Exodus 2:10-14 & Acts 7:21-25. When we look at both passages together this is what we find out…

At the age of forty, Moses saw an Israelite being beaten brutally by his Egyptian overseer.  Upon seeing this, Moses defended the life of his Israelite brother by killing his abusive Egyptian taskmaster.

In this event in Moses’ life, we see him choosing to follow the calling of His Lord, to be deliverer of the children of Israel.   He had chosen to stand with his Israelite brother instead of remaining in the good graces of His adoptive family.  By turning against his adoptive Egyptian family and their kingdom, he was not only rejecting its benefits of wealth and great worldly authority, but was now inviting the kingdom’s wrath to fall upon him.

What was his motivation to choose against the sinful pleasures of the Empire to become hated fugitive?  It was his faith.  He understood that to be obedient to his calling, and suffer affliction for the cause of Jehovah, would result in much greater rewards than the pleasures this world has to offer.

The Lord has called each one of His people, out of a heart of appreciation, to be “living sacrifices” for His honor and glory (Rom 12:1).  Are we willing to do as Moses of old and fulfill our divine calling at the risk of losing the world’s acceptance and offerings? By His grace alone, our faith will be strong and we will choose His will when faced with personal sacrifice for His glory.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Heb 11:23

Heb 11:23 (KJV) 23) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw [he was] a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 

The birth of Moses is retold in Exodus 1:8-2:10.

During the enslavement of Israel by the Egyptian empire, the Israelite nation began to prosper under the Lord’s hand of blessing.  The Egyptian ruler, Pharaoh, feared that the growing Israelite nation would eventually overtake the Egypt. To remedy this situation, Pharaoh issued a decree for all the Jewish male babies to be killed.  In doing this, he was hoping to stem the growth of the Israelite nation and ensure their future enslavement to Egypt.

Following Moses’ birth, his parents (under penalty of death) refused to turn over their son to be killed. Instead, they hid him from Pharaoh.  Not only was this an act of their love for their son, but according to our text, it was also an act of faith.  Moses’ parents trusted in their Lord to protect their entire family as they worked to save the life of their son, Moses.

We are told that because of their faith in Jehovah, “they were not afraid of the king’s commandment”.  How wonderful it is to trust God to the exclusion of all of our fears.  As Christians, the next time we find ourselves faced with the need to step out in faith and go against our fears, keep in mind, we have trusted our Lord with our eternal destiny… surely we can trust our Sovereign, Loving, Lord with our temporal fears as well.

Mark 4:37-41 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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No One Understands…

One of the worse feelings in the world is when we feel that no one understands us or the situation we are facing.  There are times when those who are closest to us seem to have no understanding of the pain, anxiety or fears that we have within us.  It is this very feeling of being misunderstood that accompanies depression, anxiety and, at the extreme, suicidal thoughts.

What is God’s message to His people who feel so very misunderstood and isolated?   You are not alone…Jehovah, the Creator of heaven and earth is a loving, kind and concerned God.  He cares about you and He understands you and your situation in life.  Listen to what the Bible says about how concerned He is about you…

THE SCRIPTURE:

Eph 2:10 (KJV)  10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Gen 16:13 (KJV) And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me…

Luke 12:6-7 (KJV)  Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Exod 33:17 (KJV)  … for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

Job 31:4 (KJV)  Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

Ps 56:8 (KJV)  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: [are they] not in thy book?

2Kgs 20:5 (KJV)  …Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears:…

Isa 41:13 (KJV) For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

2Tim 4:17 (KJV)  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me;…

Phil 4:19 (KJV)  19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

THE STUDY:

The Bible, God’s Word that He has given to mankind, reveals to us the following…

  1. God has made you.  You are the unique creation of His hands. (Eph 2:10)
  2. God sees you and is watching over you. (Gen 16:13)
  3. God knows you so well that He has counted the very hairs on your head. (Lk 12:6-7)
  4. God knows you by name (Ex 33:17)
  5. God sees the path you are on in life and is watching your very steps. (Job 31:4)
  6. God puts your tears in a bottle. (Psa 56:8)
  7. God hears your prayers and sees your sorrow (2 Kngs 20:5)
  8. God will take  your hand and help you (Isa 41:13)
  9. God will stand beside you and strengthen you (2 Tim 4:17)
  10.  God will supply all your needs (Phil 4:19)

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who are saved …

What a glorious message from God’s Word… no matter what you may face, no matter how often you are misunderstood by man… the Lord will always understand, accompany and care for you.  You are His, nothing can separate you from His love.

Rom 8:31-39 (KJV)

What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.  Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

For those who have yet to be saved…

God’s love was shown to mankind through the sending of His Son to come and die on the cross …

Rom 5:6-11 (KJV)

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Titus 3:4-7 (KJV)

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Won’t you turn to Christ and trust in Him for the forgiveness of your sins?  You will never be left alone nor misunderstood by Him.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Heb 11:22

Heb 11:22  By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

This verse brings us to an end of a 6 verse section of Hebrews (Heb 11:17-22) that spoke of four generations of patriarchs that had trusted in the Lord. In each generation these men had lived lives that exhibited their great faith in the future fulfillment of the promises of God :

  1. Abraham trusted that God would keep the Abrahamic covenant, this faith enabled him  to be willing to sacrifice his son Isaac Vs 17-19
  2. Isaac showed his trust in the fulfillment of the promises of God by handing them      down to his sons, Jacob and Esau. Vs 20
  3. Jacob’s faith in God’s covenant was shown by blessing his grandsons upon his death      bed. Vs 21
  4. Finally, in our text today, we see Joseph’s belief in the future deliverance of Israel from Egyptian captivity, told others of the promise and gave instructions on how his bones   should be delivered back to the promised land following Israel’s release.      Vs 22

Four generations of men who trusted in the promises of God, being handed down from generation to generation.  Are we handing down God’s promises to the future generations?  Are we displaying our faith to our loved ones through our words and actions?

Folks, words are cheap and our children can see through our words.  By living Godly lives we give our faith life, meaning and importance to our loved ones and all those around us. May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Heb 11:21

Heb 11:21  By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

The story of Jacob blessing his sons and grandsons followed by his death is found in Gen 48:8-49:33.

Here we are told that Jacob, physically weakened and facing his upcoming death (probably the same day – Gen 49:33), handed down the blessings and prophecies of God to his grandsons and then worshipped Jehovah.

If we knew that our death was approaching, how would we fill our final hours?  Would it be in the enjoyment of a worldly pleasure?  Perhaps spending time with our earthly family?   Or would we be hurrying to have arrangements made for the handling of our physical body and worldly possessions?   Worst of all, would some of us be quickly trying to find peace with God before facing Him in eternity?

How many of us, following the example of Jacob, would confidently know the Lord’s will for our lives and be seeking to fulfill it until we drew our last breath?

We do not know what tomorrow may hold for us.  It is very possible that someone who is reading this may never live another day.  Are we ready to meet our Lord?  If so, are we confident of His will for our lives and are we seeking to follow Him daily?  By actively making both spiritual and temporal preparations for our death now, we will be able to spend our last hours serving Him and experiencing His peace and the love of those around us.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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God’s Poem

God is the subject of a multitude of poems that have been written throughout the ages.  Mankind has tried to capture the person, works and thoughts of God through the use of the written verse, but to no avail.   How can fallen, sinful mankind ever adequately understand, and then describe God?  It is an impossible task.

But did you know that God has personally written a poem that can be read by all mankind?

The Bible tells us all about the poem that is written by the hand of God and meant exclusively for mankind.

THE SCRIPTURE:

 Eph 2:4-10 (KJV)  4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  6) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:  7) That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 THE STUDY:

Vs 4 – But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

We are saved because God is a merciful God who loved us

 

Vs 5 – Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

When we were spiritually dead, the Lord intervened in our life and gave us spiritual life.  This spiritual life was undeserved by us.  It was given to us as a free gift of God’s grace.

 

Vs 6 – And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:

When we were saved, our Lord raised us up together with Him to live a new life in Him.  He also gave us an eternal inheritance that included an eternity with our Lord in heavenly place.

 

Vs 7 – That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

One of the great reasons He saved us was to be “trophies of His grace”.  After salvation, our lives have become living testimonies of His grace and kindness. When we deserved death, He gave us life.   When we deserved punishment, He gave us forgiveness.  When we deserved the lake of fire, He gave us  an eternity with Him!  Our changed life of fruit bearing shows this to others.

 

Vs 8 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

The faith we exercised when He saved us is a gift that originated with God.  He gave us faith so that we might place it in Him.

 

Vs 9 – Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The salvation He gave us was not deserved by us, nor could we perform any good works to gain it.  We were given life and forgiveness not because of us… it was because of Him.

After reading all of these verses about God’s grace in salvation, one big question stands out…. What can we ever do to show Him our appreciation for all He has done for us?  He gave His all for us, when we did not deserve it… how can we say “thank you” ?

In Vs 10, Paul now explains our responsibility to Him for all He has done for us:

For we are his workmanship,

  1. We are His (workmanship) creation both physically and spiritually.  He created us physically, and based on the above verses, it is clear that He created us spiritually as well.  We are what we are because of Him.
  2. We are his “workmanship” – The greek word is Poieo or “poem”.  This points out that we are his poem.  We are His composition, written by Him.  We are one avenue for the expression of His thoughts and words.  (2 Cor 3:2-3)
  3. Just as a poem reveals it’s author to others, so too, we are to reveal our God to others      around us through our life, words, and actions exercising the fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23)
  4. God’s creations always reveals Him…
    1. Physical creation reveals God – Roms 1:20
    2. Spiritual creation reveals God – Eph 2:10

created in Christ Jesus

The basis of our salvation is the work of Christ on the cross.  God wrote this “poem” based upon the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

 

unto good works,

God saved us so that we might exhibit good works in our lives.  These good works of speech, actions and fruits are seen by others, revealing God to all who contact us.

which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

God designed and prepared us to have good works beforehand.  Before we could do these good works God had to intervene and prepare us beforehand.  Our salvation was a part of the preparatory work that He did in our lives.

APPLICATION:

For those who are saved:

God’s eternal plan for us was that we would be living witnesses of His grace and love.  To bring this plan about He chose to save us, then He brought us to salvation and then equipped us through the indwelling Spirit to bear His fruit.  Out of love and appreciation we are to bear fruit and reveal Him to others.

For those who are not saved:

Throughout this lesson one basic principle has been brought forth…. Jonah described it by the phrase “salvation is of the Lord”.  Salvation from sin is an act of divine grace that cannot be gained nor merited by man.  The Lord has issued the invitation:

Matt 11:28-30 (KJV)  28) Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30) For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

Won’t you come to Christ, humbly turning from your sins to Him.  Trusting Him to intervene in your life, save you and enable you to live a life of service to Him?

SIH’s Think On These Things: Heb 11:20

Heb 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

We can read more about Isaac blessing his sons in Genesis 27:1-46. (Please note… the background to the blessing of Esau and Jacob involves God’s allowance of deceit and corruption to bring about His will.  This subject is much too complicated to do it justice in a daily devotion format. Therefore this aspect of our account will be ignored in this posting.  Thank you for understanding.)

Here in our text, when we see that Isaac “blessed” his sons, he gave three different types of blessings material, immaterial and spiritual:

  1. To Jacob, Isaac declared material, immaterial and spiritualblessings from God….
    1. Material – “To Jacob, he promised, Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:” (Gen 27:28)
    2. Immaterial – “Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee:” (Gen 27:29a)
    3. Spiritual – “cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.” (Gen 27:29b)
    4. By doing this, he was passing down the Abrahamic covenant to Jacob
  2. To Esau, Isaac declared material and immaterialblessings from God….
    1. Material – “And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;” (Gen 27:39)
    2. Immaterial –  “And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.” (Gen 27:40)

 A Godly parent is one that is concerned about all three areas of their children’s lives:

  1. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with passing down the Lord’s material blessings to their children.  (2 Cor 12:14)
  2. Also, working to meet the child’s immaterial needs in life is honorable as well. Their      education, manners, submission to higher authority, fulfill responsibilities given to them, qualities of leadership, ability to mediate disputes… all the different “morals” that will be needed to be successful in this earthly life are also a parents responsibility to supply to the child. (Titus 2:3-5)
  3. But finally, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, parents should be concerned about their children being spiritually blessed of God.  Parents should be teaching them their need of salvation and the precepts of the Word, so they might live lives pleasing to God. (Deut 4:9)

Let’s be sure we are doing our best to meet the future needs of our children.  We can do this by a consistent preparation NOW for the upcoming generation of servants of our Lord.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Heb 11:17-19

Heb 11:17-19  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  (18)  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:  (19)  Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

The account of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, his son, is found in Gen 22:1-19.

Abraham’s faith in the promises of God was put to the test when he was called upon to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  We had seen previously, that the conception and birth of Isaac was the result of a promise that God had given to Abraham and Sara (Heb 11:11-12).

A part of the original promise given by God was… “thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, [and] with his seed after him” Gen 17:19.  God promised that Abraham would have a son (Isaac), and also, God promised that Isaac would have descendants who would inherit the promises of His covenant.

In our Hebrews text, we read that Abraham’s faith was tried when he was called upon to offer up his son, Isaac.  As a result of his faith, he was compliant to God’s wishes and was prepared to complete the sacrifice.  What was his motivation to make this incredibly difficult decision?  He knew God was faithful in keeping His promises and He had power over physical death.

Basically, Abraham thought along these lines…

  1. God has promised me that Isaac would have descendants.
  2. As of yet, Isaac has had no children.
  3. I know that God will not break His promise, therefore, God is not done with Isaac.
  4. If God is not done with Isaac, God will still fulfill His promise and use Isaac, even if I sacrifice him.
  5. Therefore, if I sacrifice Isaac, God (having all-power) will raise Isaac from the dead and use Isaac for His glory to fulfill His promises to me (Abraham).

WHAT GREAT FAITH!!!!  Abraham’s faith was blessed, as God supplied the ram as a replacement for Isaac.  God received the ram as a  “figure” (symbolic replacement) of Isaac.

Would to God, when we are called upon to serve will remember His faithfulness to His promises and His all-mighty power to intervene and give us the victory.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH Blog Awards Received

First of all, I apologize to all the bloggers who have nominated SIH blog for awards in the past few weeks.  My schedule and responsibilities did not allow me to acknowledge your nominations until now.

Thank you so much for your patience.  Once again I apologize.

In the past few weeks SIH Blog has been nominated for the following awards:

Adurna Blue’s Follower Award – Terry at Terry 1954

Very Inspiring Blogger Award – Jelillie at Reinventing the We’ll

Angela at Meeting In the Clouds

Versatile Blogger Award – Terry at:  Terry 1954

Let me just say a few things about each of those who nominated SIH blog:

Terry at http://terry1954.wordpress.com/ – I have only started following Terry’s blog for a few weeks now, but I can truly say that her blog has touched my heart.  She is an honest, kind lady who is sharing with us the blessings and hardships that she faces as a caregiver for her brother who is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

Jelillie at http://jelillie.wordpress.com/ - Jelillie is a Husband, Father of 4 children and a Pastor.  Pastor Jelillie blog contains wonderful teaching of Bible truth.  One of his sections that is most enjoyable for me is his “Chapter Charts” postings that shares three main truths found in any given chapter in the Bible.  Its interesting, and fun, to see what different main topics are found in each chapter by Pastor and his readers.

Angela at  http://meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com/.  Angela has been a follower of my blog for quite sometime.  I count her as a friend.  She has been a tremendous source of encouragement for me as the SIH blog has progressed.  Her blog is a great combination of spiritual truth, illustrations using common everyday events, and fantastic graphics (wish I had her artistic ability).

I can truthfully say that I can recommend all three of these blogs for consistently encouraging and profitable reading.

Now for a few things about myself…

  1. Jesus Christ is my Savior, Lord and Friend.  If I am anything at all, it is entirely because of Him.  Every morning I wake up, every breath that I take, every word that I write, every good deed that I might do… is totally by His gracious intervention in my life.  Without Him, I would be nothing.
  2. I am married to a wonderful lady, Eva, who is my greatest encourager on the face of the planet.  She is dedicated to serving the Lord and taking care of her husband…. (boy, do I need taking care of!).  I have a few medical issues that pop up from time to time.  It is my beloved wife that watches my diet, prepares my meds and constantly works for my physical welfare.  I honestly, can say, I believe I am alive today because the Lord has seen fit to use her to take care of my  physical needs.  Besides that, she is the best at knowing just the right thing to say when I am struggling spiritually.  She makes a me complete person
  3. We are privileged to share our house with our mother.  Marie, Eva’s mother, my mother-in-law, is a tremendous blessing to me.  She is a very sweet, kind lady that has tremendous entertainment value for the entire family.  I’m sure glad she has a great sense of humor or I’d be in trouble right about now!
  4. My heart’s desire is to glorify God by helping Christians come to a better understanding of God’s Word.  In our world today, especially in our nation, we have such a need for Biblical truth.  It seems like in each generation that appears a bit more of the truth is lost.

Now for things I love in life (things not “people” so I will not mention the Lord, my wife etc etc )…

  1. I love explaining God’s Word to others…. This is when I fill most fulfilled and spiritually useful.
  2. I love reading (the Bible and theology books).
  3. I love my dog “Zeek”.  What a dog!  I believe he is suffering from some type of mental illness but the vet doesn’t agree.  You know, he seems kinda “dumb” at times.  But I love him anyway!
  4. I love helping others.
  5. I love to eat. (My wife’s cooking is great!)
  6. I love to tell jokes… only problem is I’m not very good at it!
  7. I love to watch a good movie or TV show and get lost in the plot.

I would like to nominate the following blogs for the awards (I am trying to nominate those who I have not nominated previously for awards) There are so many wonderful blogs and followers, it is very difficult for me to make final choices:

Versatile Blogger Award –

To Debbie at http://iftodaywehear.wordpress.com/  Debbie’s blog combines a Bible verse with a short explanation and a daily poem related to the Bible verse.  I check it out every day for a source of encouragement during a break from my writing.

Very Inspiring Bloggers Award –

To Jon at http://justificationbygrace.com/    Jon’s blog is a storehouse of Biblical truth from past spiritual men such as Spurgeon, M’Cheyne etc. as well as Jon’s own writings and audio messages.  The Lord has blessed Jon with  the truth of His Word.  This is the most Scripturally sound blog I have found.

Adurna Blue’s Follower Award –

To Tahlitha at http://justmyfaithtalking.wordpress.com/.  Tahlitha’s blog combines Bible verses with everyday illustrations and applications for the Christian.  I’ve found that her postings are an encouragement to anyone who is seeking to live their life in alignment with God’s Word.  Tahlitha chooses subjects that are very applicable for today’s Christian living.

Once again, thank you so much to all who have nominated SIH, those who have been nominated and all the other bloggers who are such an inspiration to me.  Lord bless you all!

SIH’s Think On These Things: Heb 11:14-16

Heb 11:14-16  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  (15)  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  (16)  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

In our text, we read that those of faith, “declare plainly” that they seek a country.  The meaning of the phrase “to declare plainly” is the idea “to put on exhibit, to uncover, or to reveal publically”.

These Godly men and women did not live their lives for the accumulation of the wealth, comfort and fame that this world has to offer. They knew a “better country awaited them”.  But their testimony did not stop there. Through their actions and voices they “put on exhibit” to everyone that they were on a pilgrimage.  Their travels were taking them THROUGH this fallen world and TO another world yet to come.

The world to come is called “heaven” or the “New Jerusalem” (Rev 21: & 22:), the city that God has prepared for each one of His chosen people of faith.  The existence of heaven proves that we are loved, a part of God’s family, and heirs of wonderful blessings to come (John 14:2-3)

Are we living our lives as if we are on a pilgrimage through this world?  If so, are we verbally explaining to others our motivation, the “great hope” that we possess of eternity with Him?

By God’s grace alone, might we all aspire to be like the faithful servants of Hebrews 11 who, by their voices and actions, “declared plainly that they seek a country.”

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

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