Monthly Archives: February 2014

Patience – Persevere in Faith

Patience

Hebrews 10:19-39

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence
to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a
new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is,
his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of
God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the
full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to
cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed
with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may
spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up
meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging
one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the
knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only
a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will
consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses
died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished
who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy
thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted
the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge;
I will repay,”d and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”e 31It is a
dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you
endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33Sometimes you were
publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side
by side with those who were so treated. 34You suffered along with those
in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because
you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35So do not
throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will
receive what he has promised. 37For,

“In just a little while,

he who is coming will come

and will not delay.”

38And,

“But my righteousg one will live by faith.

And I take no pleasure

in the one who shrinks back.”

39But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those
who have faith and are saved.


Hebrews 12:1-4

Jesus, the Example
      1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,
let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on
Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured
the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne
of God.

      3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself,
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

A Father’s Discipline

      4You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving
against sin;


Romans 8:24-25

24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes
for what he already sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance
we wait eagerly for it.


Psalms 37:7 & 34

7Be still before the Lord

and wait patiently for him;

do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

when they carry out their wicked schemes.

34Hope in the Lord

and keep his way.

He will exalt you to inherit the land;

when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.


Psalms 27:14

13I remain confident of this:

I will see the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living.

14Wait for the Lord;

be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord.


Romans 12:9-21

Love in Action

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with
the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those
who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.

17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes
of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace
with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s
wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”d says the Lord.
20On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”e

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Isaiah 40:28-31

28Do you not know? Have you not heard?
         The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
         Does not become weary or tired.
         His understanding is inscrutable.


2 Thessalonians 3:5

Request for Prayer

1As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of
the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2And pray
that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.
3But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the
evil one. 4We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue
to do the things we command. 5May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love
and Christ’s perseverance.