A Year In The Bible - Part 2 Day: 9 - Reverence and awe.

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Day 9 - Reverence and awe.

Numbers 3-5; Hebrews 12

In Numbers, responsibilities and tasks are defined according to tribe. In Hebrews, Paul reminds us to strive for peace with all men and to guard against certain weeds (bitterness, immorality and vulgarity) springing up in our lives.

  • 12:1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
  • 12:2 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • 12:3 For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don't grow weary, fainting in your souls.
  • 12:4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin;
  • 12:5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children, "My son, don't take lightly the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him;
  • 12:6 For whom the Lord loves, he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives."
  • 12:7 It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with children, for what son is there whom his father doesn't discipline?
  • 12:14 Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord,
  • 12:15 looking carefully lest there be any man who falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and many be defiled by it;
  • 12:16 lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, like Esau, who sold his birthright for one meal.
  • 12:28 Therefore, receiving a Kingdom that can't be shaken, let us have grace, through which we serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe,
  • 12:29 for our God is a consuming fire.
  • Retention/Recall
    • Are there witnesses above, that observe those alive? Observing our struggles and temptations, our successes and failures? What might the term "weight" mean as we run/live our lives?

      Hebrews 12:1-2 OK

    • Resisting temptation and following Christ's teachings can be difficult. To what level of resistance to evil and endurance does Paul speak?

      Hebrews 12:3-4 OK

    • Does God discipline those whom He loves?

      Hebrews 12:5-7 OK

    • Are we to strive for peace with just some men?

      Hebrews 12:14 OK

    • What things are we to not let "spring up" in our lives? Do "looking carefully" mean self examination/reflection or being judgemental toward others?

      Hebrews 12:15-16 OK

    • How are we to serve and obey God? With what?

      Hebrews 12:28-29 OK

What is the Sinner's Prayer for Salvation?

The sinners prayer is a common Christian term for a prayer that is said when someone wants to repent of their sin, ask God for forgiveness, and verbally state their belief in the life, death, and saving resurrection of Jesus Christ.

"For, if with your lips you acknowledge the truth of the message that JESUS IS LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with their hearts people believe and so attain to righteousness, while with their lips they make their Profession of faith and so find salvation." Romans 10:9-10

Christ's death on the cross paid in full the debt of our sin. Action must be taken to take hold of the gift.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven through any good works. At this moment I trust Christ alone and receive by faith all Grace purchased by Jesus as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him and by my faith take hold of His grace and love for me. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Thank you for your word that will guide me as to how I should live my remaining days. Please grant me the wisdom to discern correctly and motivation to grow my faith, obedience, understanding, appreciation, and love for you. Thank you for your Grace and mercy that I do not deserve. Thank you that my salvation is not based on my level of performance in my short life but in my receiving what your victory on the cross did pay for. Thank you that I can receive by my faith alone, your glorious gift of salvation. Thank you for hearing this prayer and for saving me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.