Hebrews 12:1-13 – September 19
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Faith in Action
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God Disciplines His Children
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Discipline Produces Fruit | Becky Newman
Chapter 12 starts with focusing on Jesus through everything but especially considering Him during hardships and struggles. As Jesus is God’s Son, so are we God’s children. God wants what’s best for us just like I want what’s best for my kids. Sometimes I have to discipline them to re-direct them, teach right from wrong, and train them to grow into Godly men and women. The goal of discipline is fruit.
In the midst of a season of disciplining, I’m seeing it produce a harvest of white hairs more than anything. But You are a good Father, and You desire good fruit to come out of this season IF I will train by it. That means not just getting by each day but working even harder to abide in You through it, to learn, to transform. I’ll take a harvest of righteousness and peace, please! My husband and I got to go to the Need to Breathe concert over the weekend, and God had a pep talk to give me on this season of discipline through one of their new songs “Hard Love”:
“…there’s a reason that the road is long.
It take some time to make your courage strong.
Hold on tight a little longer;
What don’t kill ya, makes ya stronger.
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love.
You can’t change without a fallout;
It’s gon’ hurt, but don’t you slow down.
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love.
When the wolves come and hunt me down,
I will face them all and stand my ground
‘Cause there’s a fire burnin’ in me.
They will see my strength in this love I found.
Thank You for loving me so much to promise me fruit from disciplining! I am thankful to have growth to look forward to at the least, that I get to share in Your holiness. Help me to let You train me by this season so that it can produce fruit. And again thank You for putting a song in my heart to encourage me.
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