Google+ 04/26/13 Come On, Say It Out Loud!

Hebrews 7:24-26

 

But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever.

Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him.

He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin.

He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. 

 

This Scriptural affirmation will make your day!  It is prophetic that we simply don't know who wrote the book of Hebrews.  Many scholars have "weighed in" with their opinion, but the fact is that the authorship of Hebrews remains unknown.  On the other hand, the message of Hebrews is well known.  Maybe the most accurate, encouraging statement regarding Jesus's resurrection is enclosed in our Scripture lesson for the day.  First we have a promise.  We are told Jesus lives forever and His priesthood does the same.  This is so important to our daily battle in the world.  Jesus identifies us with Him.  As we accept Christ as our personal Savior, we inherit all that Jesus has to offer through God the Almighty.  What does this mean?  It simply means that we will also live forever!  The strife is over.  It may not seem like that to you today, which is why this Scripture exists.  Hebrews tells us that Jesus lives forever to intercede for us with God.  We need to hear that everyday, especially in times of tribulation.  Now comes the really good part!  While we are stained by sin and fully responsible for our sinful actions, Jesus is sinless and blameless.  This allows Him a very unique position in our lives.  As a result, He is set apart from the world and has all authority and power, which was given to Him by God.  Now for the practical application of all that we have read for our every-day lives.  If Jesus is set apart, so are we!  We have been separated from sin in the world by the blood of the Lamb.  We are washed clean every day that we fellowship with God.  We can get rid of all the extremely dangerous emotions that sin and Satan can create inside of each of us.  Today, give all your anger, jealousy, pride, envy, and selfishness to Jesus.  Don't act on any of these emotions.  They will hurt you and someone else, badly today.  These volatile emotions put us out of fellowship with God and our fellow man.  They block God's love for us through Jesus Christ and give Satan full control over our lives.  Remember that Satan can do nothing in your life that you do not permit.  Satan cannot steal your joy unless you choose to be joyless.  Read the list of emotions above carefully and often.  We must examine our lives daily, to determine if any of these are present in our lives.  I promise, if you look carefully, you will find them.  Remove them now before they overtake you.  For some of us, these emotions are a "way of life," which causes us to complain, whine, covet, hurt, hit, dismiss church, become isolated, and literally become "satanic."  Yes, I said that word out loud!  When we act like God, we are described as "Godly."  So if we act like Satan, should we not be described as "satanic?"  Our heads do not have to "spin around" three times for us to be possessed by satanic influences.  Remember, Satan and his control of us is usually very subtle.  How do we fight all this?  Are we not in desparate times and circumstances?  Of course we are, but so were the disciples, Paul, Stephen, and TImothy.  Rejoice in "your" resurrection today.  Jesus lives forever to intercede for each of us with God, and against Satan.  That means that we also live forever!   Proclaim it from the highest mountain top or building today.  Come on, say it out loud.  "Jesus is Mine!!!"