What does Jesus pray when He intercedes for us? This is important to know, because in finding the answer to that question we can discover God’s plan and purpose for us. And that is the objective of prayer: to align our wills with the will of God.
In John 17 we have the greatest prayer ever prayed, which is Jesus’ prayer for us. In verse 11 Jesus prayed, “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”
prayed for our preservation. God wants us to be strong spiritually. God
want us to cross the finish line with flying colors. We all know people
who have made a profession of faith and were growing so much
spiritually that we may have even looked up to them as spiritual
leaders. But then one day they crashed and burned. They simply walked
away from the faith.
We may think,
“If someone like that fall, then maybe I could fall, too. Am I next?”
“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay” Attributed to Ravi Zaccharias Listen to our message “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today’, so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13).
Last Friday we shared a message titled “A Lesson From Yeast” a teaching that even a little bit of something (like yeast) can result in a lot of good or a lot of bad. The progression of a little matter becoming bigger and bigger and more and more destructive is a consequence of “the deceitfulness of sin”.
We have seen many illustrations of this in our ministry. People dabble and then dabble more, than they are caught in sin’s trap. We are always sensitive regarding confidentiality but an older recollection comes to mind going back some 15 years. I was in a small prayer group and one of the members seemed to have an earnest walk with the Lord. However he became involved with another woman who was not his wife and just crashed. Now admittedly I don’t know the specifics but likely it was a progression of bad choices that lead to his fall. His heart was hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
The writer of Hebrews gives us a command we can all seek to obey. It’s a command for all, not a specific spiritual gift for a few. It also makes a tidy three point message:
What are we to do? “Encourage one another.” We tend to limit the meaning of the word, “encourage” in the English to be an uplifting, positive message. However the underlying Greek word Parakaleo, while certainly including this sense, has further depth and is translated in some versions “exhort”.
Biblical encouragement is an exhortation to live faithfully for the truth. An online resource states, “Parakaleo can include the idea of giving help or aid but the primary sense in the New Testament is to urge someone to take some action, especially some ethical course of action. Sometimes the word conveys the idea of comfort, sometimes of exhortation but always at the root there is the idea of enabling a person to meet some difficult situation with confidence and with gallantry.” *
When are we to do it? “Day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today’“. I have always thought the writer might be employing some humor here demonstrating the ongoing need to encourage, after all, each current day will always be called “Today”! This verse along with Hebrews 10:23-25 is the basis of our ministry’s name “Daily Encouragement”
Why are we to do it? “So that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin“both the encourager and the one being encouraged, similar to the Proverb that states, “Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25). We must always be on our guard lest we develop a hardened heart toward spiritual truth and obedience due to the deceitfulness of sin.
The deceitfulness of sin is rampant in our world and has been ever since Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the garden. But we believe the many means of being deceived by sin is increasing, especially due to technology. May God help each of us to boldly stand firm while contending earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. We urge, exhort, and warn you to be on your guard against the heart-hardening effect of sin’s deceitfulness.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Praying manDaily prayer: Father, as believers, we are put to the test daily regarding our adherence to the Scriptures that teach right from wrong, truth from error. The Bible includes numerous examples of those who were obedient to Your laws and from those who chose to disregard them. Help us to remember that disobedience, disregard, or dilution of the Scriptures will weaken us and eventually harden our hearts to spiritual truths. We choose either to be shaped by the world or by the Word. Our will and desires cannot be shaped by both. We choose this day to be Your obedient servant no matter the consequences, for Your blessing is more to be desired than the applause of the world. Amen.
Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“Yes I Will” Video Vertical Worship Great song posted we yesterday and dedicated to those going through a valley but the link did not work after I posted!
For further study here’s some excellent exposition on Hebrews 3:13
Flooded road near Little Swatara Creek 7/8/19 (Phil Huber)
This morning we will be making a chaplain call to Audrey’s in
rural Lebanon County. Yesterday Phil, a friend who works there, sent me a photo of the flooding of Little Swatara Greek on the road we will be on today. We’ve had a lot of rain but it’s sup- posed to clear up today.
The apostle Paul once wrote, It is for freedom that Christ has set us free… Do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery. — Galatians 5:1
Hewas specifically writing about those who would impose all sorts of religious rules
and human traditions on believers. But these words could also apply to personal habits
and attitudes that we allow to enslave us, weigh us down, and steal our joy. Jesusintended to set us free by His sacrifice for us on Calvary, what are those things that tie us up, that trip our feet and weigh on our hearts? Is it a habit? An addiction? A cynical heart? A hardened attitude? An unwillingness to forgive? A prejudice? Jesus died for our freedom. If we allow anything to restrict us or shackle us to a sad, mediocre life, then we are missing His great gift, paid for at such a high price.
Dear God, show me the areas in my life where I’m acting like a captive,even though You have set me completely free in Christ.
now the newer 2 domains are set up, show you later, and now it’s just attempting, trying some stuff, seeing what works, what does not. like the ancient sites i created.. till then, did this:
this is a matter of thought, what is WAS . . . whereas we are, least we were, that you and me should ‘NEVER LOOK BACK,’ history is bunk, NOBODY is powerful enough to mediate history.
THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGER REASONS David loves taking photographs – could be that in my fright of accepting said truth i just prooved it WRONG!
PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE BEST REPORTER EVER CREATED!
had lots of cameras, beginning in 1986 with a RICHO something. that brand seems to be no more; but in 1986 is was producing…
anyways – photo’s are the most honest way concerning proof – it is undeniable that whhAtever’s in frame IS.
all the photo design and digital cameras miss the mark. yea, they are good at what they do; but to be a more decent photo graph creator is a misnomer, it’s His stuff, NOT yours. if in the world, He created it. we copy what He made. shame on us. ./. ‘IT’S ULTRAMAN!’
wooo, a little burned out with hen-pecking… till then?
i tell you
the goal of life is
to find your gift
the pathway of life is
to give it away
there had been many, many, many episodes life where a method of sharing, to this globe was a goal set in stone for a future, the future, if you’ll allow me to be self serving, my future. the preceding incident can be, probably will, construed as vain, one of pretension. such folly is a fear in me. well, not really a fear, but a concern of mine. the concern being the character set forth; for consideration by the worldly public – and now for something completely different: that very term is a product of prose respectfully stolen (directly allotted to) [ it’s 7:00, August 11.29, 2o19 ] John Cleese. L.O.B. written by one third of M.P.‘s writers; i think. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Mike Palin; [7:33.27]
This Jeep was parked in this very spot when I was a kid. It’s one of several old Willie’s Jeeps that the landowner has. In my imagination I can see young soldiers crossing the battlefield in this jeep. I imagine the stories of home that are exchanged. The men are hopeful because the war is over and they are returning home. I imagine that when the jeep is sold as surplus it falls into hands of someone who puts his heart and soul into making it roadworthy again. I can see him exit the highway on a whim to explore some mountain trail. He and his jeep are a good match. They are both rugged and free spirited. Not to bound down by the well traveled highway which goes only to and fro but not out. I imagine the fishing and camping trips with friends and laughter they enjoyed. The…
For whosoever shall do the Will of MyFather, he is My brother and sister and Mother. You see how everything depends on the necessity of doing the Will of My Father. Here is the intimacy of a new relationship. The only condition; this is the doing of My Father’s Will. Then at once, in to the inner Family Circle there is admission. The plain way of discipline is the way. Of knowing My Will. That is the very first requisite the doing of it.
My Will, for each day can only be revealed as each days come, and until one revelation has been lived out, how can you expect to be made aware of the next? Awareness.
My Will is only achieved by obedience to that Will as it is, was made .
clear, and when THATWill has been obeyed the veil, hiding My next desire, will be lifted.
the time is now, as Nina
informed us all. And then
Fear not. Do not fear to be busy.
You are the servant of all. “He that
would be the greatest among you, let
him be the servant of all.”
Service is the word of My disciples. I served
indeed, the humblest, the lowliest. I was at their
command. My highest powers were at their service.
Be used. Be used by all, by the lowest, the smallest. How
best you can serve? Let that be your daily seeking, not how
best can you be served.
Look around you. Do the aims and ambitions that man strives for bring peace, or the world’s awards bring heart-rest and happiness? No! indeed, man is at war with man. Those whom the world has most rewarded, with name, fame, honor, wealth, are weary and disappointed. And yet, to the listening ear, above the jangle of the world’s discordant cries, there echoes down the 1900 years My message, “Come unto Me.
all weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
And the weary and disappointed who listen and turn to Me find indeed that rest. Joy of the Weary I am, Music to the Heart I am, Health to the Sick, Wealth to the Poor, Food to the Hungry, Home to the Wanderer,
Rapture to the Jaded, Love to the Lonely.
There is not one want of the soul that I do not supply for the asking,
and to you too, I long to be all.
Therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you.