From Daniel's Desk on 2/3/20
My Title: Our God is a CONSUMING FIRE
My Verse: 28
"28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."
God is not a joke and He is not a debate. He is ALIVE and ACTIVE and He has always been telling a powerful story to save sinners at the cost of Himself.
This life is broken and temporary. It is a struggle and difficult BUT WE HAVE A PERFECT HIGH PRIEST THAT UNDERSTANDS OUR WEAKNESS AND SET A PERFECT EXAMPLE FOR US TO FOLLOW!!! It was for the JOY set before Him (He clearly saw the will of His Father and the eternal weight of glory) He endured the cross and it's shame. NOW He IS seated at the right hand of God!!! - SO Do not grow weary dirt-bag!!! He knows you are an idiot and your make 100 mistakes a day AND He loves you anyway... He CREATED YOU... HE ADOPTED YOU as a SON... that means you should strip off EVERYTHING that would hinder you and call you to pull your eyes and heart away from Him. He loves you too much to let you live a life in bondage to sin so, like a loving Father, He WILL discipline you to help you grow.
Discipline seems painful and unpleasant but it always yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness... a life FREE from the bondage and brokenness of sin. Understand this and help others to understand it too BECAUSE our GOD IS JUST and FAITHFUL. He did not spare those in this life that rejected repentance... how much more so will He not spare those that reject His Son's love and grace offering for the next... BECAUSE THE NEXT LIFE IS PERFECT. The NEXT LIFE WILL BE FREE OF THINGS THAT CAN BE SHAKEN!!! NO MORE BROKENNESS!!! To have that secure and sure foundation that does not fade and does not corrupt, there cannot be any exception. Christ is the ONLY way. THAT IS WHY OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE. He is making all things new. Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom (as heirs to the King no less) that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
THEREFORE since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, LET US ALSO LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT and SIN which CLINGS SO CLOSELY.
What weight, what sin are you chaining yourself to?
Run the race with endurance LOOKING to Jesus.
Jesus is the FOUNDER AND the PERFECTER of our faith!
FOR THE JOY set before Him, Jesus endured the cross and the shame!!! Now He is SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.
Jesus ENDURED the hostility from terrible sinners SO THAT YOU would not grow weary or fainthearted in your struggle with sin... because sin is a STRUGGLE!
You've been addressed as a SON! - God is FOR YOU!
God is FOR US, not against us, even in discipline! What loving father doesn't discipline His children!?
IT IS FOR DISCIPLINE. For the moment discipline is SEEMS painful rather than pleasant but it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been TRAINED by it.
DON'T GIVE UP - Strive on! Make STRAIGHT your paths... make it EASY to succeed.
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble.
GOD IS JUST! And HIS HEAVENLY KINGDOM IS RIGHTEOUS, the city of the LIVING GOD, Mount Zion. - Even Moses, when He saw it, said, "I tremble with fear."
His righteousness would not spare those that refused repentance here on earth... how much more in the forever!?
THE PURPOSE is that He will ONCE MORE shake those things that CAN be shaken (the things that are made) SO THAT the ONLY THINGS THAT REMAIN ARE THE THINGS THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN!!!
OUR God is a CONSUMING FIRE!