Hebrews 3-4:13 is a short read, so this is going to be quick and to the point.
Hebrews 3:6 says, “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.” Because Christ lives in us as believers, we can remain courageous and hopeful to the end. We are not saved by being steadfast and firm in our faith, but rather our courage and hope do reveal that our faith is real. Without this enduring faithfulness, we could easily be blown away by the winds of temptation, false teaching, or persecution. To prevent having an unbelieving heart, stay in fellowship with other believers, talk daily about your mutual faith, be aware of the deceitfulness of sin, and encourage each other with love and concern. You may ask, “How do I do this?” and the answer is simple, join a small group and surround yourself with good community. Many people will admit that joining a small group was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made and I would have to agree with them. This past week at BigStuf (a summer camp for middle/high school students) all the students had small groups twice a day and some of the kids new one another before that week and some did not, but by the last day every student would tell you that their small group had encouraged one another and shown them love that some students may have never felt before. What am I trying to say? I am trying to tell you that while our courage and hope reveal our faith is real, it takes a community of people to keep a person from being blown away by the winds of temptation, false teaching, or persecution.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive an 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.” I could say something on this, but the study notes sums this up best…The Word of God is not simply a collection of words from God, a vehicle for communicating ideas; it is living, life-changing, and dynamic as it works in us, with the incisiveness of a surgeon’s knife, God’s Word reveals who we are and what we are not. It penetrates the core of our moral and spiritual life. It discerns what is within us, both good and evil. The demands of God’s Word require decisions. We must not only listen to the Word; we must also let it shape our lives. God is constantly speaking to each and every one of us, while most of us continue on and ignore what he’s trying to tell us, for those that listen and make decisions their lives are changed for the better.
I hope y’all enjoyed the read 🙂