The courage for the call.

“And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” Hebrews 3:5-6

We are part of God’s household. We are not distant relatives or reluctantly adopted children—if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ. Confidence in hope = faith = strong belief in something that hasn’t happened yet. It’s the opposite of worry, and It takes courage. Stripped of courage, we will lose our direction, and by default, our understanding of our position with Christ.

We are encouraged in Hebrews not just to take courage but to invite accountability into our lives, and to review the lives of those around us to help guard against sin. Habitual sin leads to hardened hearts, and friends can spot it in our lives when we are too blinded to see it for ourselves.

With hard hearts, our ears grow numb to God’s voice, and we lose trust in His plan. Stripped of trust, our courage fails us and we are never able to walk in all He has for us.

“So we see that they could not enter [the Promised Land] because of unbelief. Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.” Hebrews 3:19, 4:1

Wherever you are now, God’s promise still stands. He wants us to enter into the territory He has given us. God’s promises were useless to the Israelites because they didn’t believe. Belief is active. When God tells you to do something, do you acknowledge it, agree with it, or believe it so strongly that it affects how you act?

We need to challenge the way we look at the Israelites as being full of unbelief. They left their homes to follow God’s leading. We often won’t let go of insecurity, a past hurt, fear of rejection or a wrong relationship. How different are we?

The only way you’ll find rest and enter “the Promised Land” is by doing what He tells you, because what He impresses upon your heart is what you were designed to do.

Jesus understands our weakness and enables us to come boldly to the throne of our God. In His presence, we find mercy and grace. Do the things He’s called you to do now, today, and believe consistently. God expects much effort and focus, He but understands who we are and has provided all we need!

-TD

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