Thursday, December 21, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Preparing the Way for Christ
Hebrews 4:1-13
Vs. 13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
We are living in a fast paced world where people aim to become doctors, engineers, businessmen and so on…But chapter 4 from the book of Hebrews tells us that our aim in life must be to enter God's rest and joyfully spend eternity in his restful fellowship. To enter this great and joyful rest we must trust God. The focus of our trust must be built on Word of God, the good news, and the promises of God. This is how faith begins to grow. Finally, we must be diligent, attentive, considerate, and caring to believe the promises of God. On the other hand, unbelief is failure to trust God’s promises.  Israel set the bad example by not entering into the Promised Land because of "disobedience". Unbelief leads to willful "disobedience". Our hearts become unbelieving when we are deceived by sin through our thoughts and intentions that are not God willing. We can escape this deceit of sin through our only hope—God’s Word.
God’s word is alive, life giving, fulfilling His purpose for us, revealing and pronouncing judgment not only on our actions, but also on our thoughts, inner desires and intentions. The Word of God sees what no man can ever see and lays bare the conscience. Every man will be held accountable before God for his every action, every thought, every motive, and every desire. God’s word is the means of refreshing, restoring and revealing our desperate situation, and the way of leading to repentance and forgiveness.
God's offer must be accepted today, as there is no assurance that we will have another day. Today is the day of salvation that is offered to us freely by God’s grace. Ultimately the take away message is to turn away from the deceptive promises of sin, and trust in the everlasting, consistent, truthful promises of God.
Dear lord, help us continually to listen to your word and believe in your promises. Keep us away from the deceitful sin and grow in faith daily. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
’We have been called to enter God’s rest and attain salvation”.
Julie Vinod, Salem MTC, NY
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church