Daily Reading: 8-11-16
Hebrews 10:26-31 New Century Version (NCV)
Sometimes we know the Truth or God’s will on a matter, but do not really want to accept the Truth because it means we would have to acknowledge our will to sin. In our passage this morning, the Apostle Paul reminds Christ’s followers to continue to allow His sanctifying work to be done in them. When Christ speaks to specific sin in our lives, that sin must go on the cross so we can experience freedom. Otherwise, we grieve the Spirit. A turning away from this holy process the Father put into place for our spiritual growth is called apostasy. We can choose to run the other direction from God, but eventually we will find ourselves back in the audience of His sovereign judgment.
26 If we decide to go on sinning after we have learned the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins. 27 There is nothing but fear in waiting for the judgment and the terrible fire that will destroy all those who live against God. 28 Anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was found guilty from the proof given by two or three witnesses. He was put to death without mercy. 29 So what do you think should be done to those who do not respect the Son of God, who look at the blood of the agreement that made them holy as no different from others’ blood, who insult the Spirit of God’s grace? Surely they should have a much worse punishment. 30 We know that God said, “I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them.” And he also said, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Prayer: Father, incline my ears to hear and my heart to know the Truth that will set me free from my own self-defeating choices in life. You are my Deliverer and you have put a plan into place to save me. I desire to live in your will and plan by the power of your Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.