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God has a Great Plan For Us (Hebrews 3:1-19)Mike Bucher, 11/18/2018
Today we are in Hebrews chapter 3. This book was for people who were being tempted to go backwards - away from God and this chapter looks at the problem Israel had in the wilderness.
God brought them out of Egypt. They were to take a short journey through the wilderness and then they were to end up in the promised land. It was a place of blessing. The problem was that they did not believe or trust God. They looked at their own weakness and problems and they doubted God's promises. This led them to rebel from Him and most of them died in the wilderness.
The application for us is that If we have come to know Jesus, God has a great plan for us. He wants to use our lives as a witness of His goodness. He wants our lives to overflow with blessings for the world to see His love. He will allow us to go through a wilderness , a time of trials to teach us and to prepare us for His blessings.
The problem is, just like Israel, very few Christians enter into God's full blessings for them. We do not believe and trust His goodness. This causes us to drift away or even rebel or sometimes we just stagnate.
You are God's work of art. He wants to pour His power and love through you. Believe it. Belief is a choice. It opens the door for God to work. You increase your faith by getting to know Him in his word. There are so many people missing out on what God has for them. It is time to enter the promised land. You have lived long enough in the wilderness.
Get alone with God. Open His word. The things He tells you to do... start obeying them. It will always require a step of faith. This is a warning but also an encouragement. God is good and He loves you. Give yourself to Him and find out what His plan is for your life is.
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1Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 3For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. 4For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. 5And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 6But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. 7Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (KJV)