Posts Tagged ‘Hebrews 12’

But God, … quickened us together with Christ, … and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:…” — Ephesians 2:4-7

“But ye are come unto … the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn … and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus …” — Hebrews 12:22-24

“Thin Places” are where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin. The Jerusalem temple is considered by some to be a “thin place”. So are various other shrines. People seek these thin places to get in touch with the divine.

But the Bible says in Christ we have been raised with Jesus and are seated with him now!

Seems to me I don’t have to go to a thin place, I live in one!

— fritz

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The children of Israel also wept … We remember the fish, … the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic: but now … there is nothing at all save this manna” — Numbers 11:4-6 (NASB)

God provided a miracle — food for 600 thousand people in a harsh environment. He kept their clothes from wearing out, personally guided them with a cloud by day and flame by night.

Everything God did for them was extraordinary yet instead of being grateful they complained, “We don’t have anything to eat but this manna!!

I’ve never seen the things they saw, how could they treat something so extraordinary as so ordinary, mundane, even loathed?

They took their eyes off their God and their future. Bad News!! When we do that life turns sour!

Don’t always be asking, “Where are the good old days?” Wise folks don’t ask questions like that. – Ecclesiastes 7:10 (Message Bible)

We have a wonderful future, an enduring hope, a kind savior.

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; – Hebrews 12:1b-2a

Keeping Jesus and our future in focus keeps us living in the wonder of his grace.

— fritz@langgang.com

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[W]e look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2nd Corinthians 4:18

How does God expect us to see something that can’t be seen? We do it all the time when we read a book, talk to friends, hear a lecture, even when daydreaming – how do you think we do that? We use our imagination!

Visualizing in the mind and heart what is desired (or feared) but not seen, is a gift of God. Though it has been abused and misused it can be brought back into captivity to Christ (2nd Corinthians 10:4-6) and used for its intended purpose – to enable us to anticipate, endure, and prepare for what time and space prevents us from seeing right now. Because it is imagined doesn’t mean it is false, it can be more true than what we think we see!

Begin using godly imagination to “see” what God says is all around us – his care, his kingdom, his promises. You could start here:

[Y]e are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. – Hebrews 12:21-24

Visualize the throne, see the city, see the church and the people and the angels, and Jesus. Imagine yourself there – what would you say, what would you do? Start using your imagination to see what God says is there – it will be more accurate than the façade this world is offering.

– fritz@langgang.com

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“And [God] said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” – Genesis 4:10b

The Bible has always taught this physical life is NOT all there is. An early example of this was Abel, who’s blood cried out to God when he was violently murdered.

His blood cried out before God for the justice and caused the perpetrator, Cain, to be banished from God’s presence.

Jesus’ blood also cried out when he was violently murdered. But it cried for the opposite,

The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel’s—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace. – Hebrews 12:24b (MESSAGE)

Our sins were the cause of his death but we, the perpetrators, are brought by that sacrifice of Christ into the presence of God.

What a deal!

– fritz

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My dad, a plasterer, built and patched plaster, cement, and Stucco walls and ceilings. On small weekend jobs he would sometimes take me with him to “help”.

Fixing a bathroom wall in one of Houston’s underground walkways, he started beating around the patch area with a hammer. “Why are you breaking off more plaster”, I protested, “we are supposed to be fixing the wall not making it worse!” More plaster veneer continued to fall.

That’s when he taught me something I never forgot.

He told me he was not beating hard enough to damage the wall but that he had to remove what was already loose because if he patched over it the loose part would eventually fail and the blemish would be worse than ever. Removing the loose stuff was part of fixing the problem.

Sometimes we ask Jesus to fix our problem(s) and matters seem to get worse. We feel like the banging of life takes away more than we had hoped and we wonder why God would allow, even seem to purposely make, more to happen.

That’s when we need to remember He IS fixing the problem. He is only removing what would fall away anyway. He is ensuring his “Patch” (don’t go off on a tangent about the term “patch”) will hold. The repair is coming, be patient and confident.

“Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” – Hebrews 12:26b-28 (KJV)

– fritz

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