Think of Jesus First
“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up. 4 In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” ~Hebrews 12:3-4 CSB
This past year has taken us through some extremely hard times. The struggle was and is still real. But I keep moving because I remember what God is capable of. I realized that He loves us so much that the sacrifice of His Son is my point of reference to His power. It is His power that will get all of us through everything the enemy is trying to take from us, including our hope.
My references begin at the point in my life where I had no control over my alcoholism. I was headed for divorce, destruction, and death. As I studied God’s Word daily, I was able to confess my sins and through a motorcycle accident I was created new in Christ! This was my beginning.
My livelihood was spelled out when my Father in Heaven blessed me with the gift of faith. His Word seeds my spirit with the knowledge of Christ who suffered before me. God is telling us through the writer in Hebrews that we should always consider the suffering Jesus went through. He went through everything first so that we could see the strength of our own endurance.
Because Christ was humiliated, beaten, crucified, then resurrected from the dead, He has given all of us, who believe in Him, hope that eternal life exists for us as well. He lives in us and is the strength we need so that we, “…won’t grow weary and give up…” no matter what we go through in this world.
Tony Evans says of verse 4 in his Bible Commentary, “…we had not resisted to the point of blood shed—that is, we may have experienced significant difficulties, but we are still alive! And if we are still here, God is not finished with us!”
Through Jesus we see that there is victory at the end of our struggle. Through Jesus we see we must trust God in guidance and strength to get there. And get to victory we will because that is God’s plan for us in our lives. His will is set in our purpose, given to us by Him for the fulfillment of the Kingdom. The enemy doesn’t want you to know this because he wants you to quit. But tell the devil, it is too late, God has already told you, you are His child, and His will is your mission!
May God bless and keep you covered in His strength, love, and protection as you walk in Jesus name.
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Authors Billy & Yolanda
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