NT Fire Starters – Day 306: Hebrews 4:1-13
READ: Hebrews 4:1-13
THINK: God’s Word stands forever (Matthew 24:35). Yet it’s not stagnant or inactive; it’s dynamic and powerful, like a sword (4:12). It pierces our inner being, discerning whether our thoughts and motives are worthy or unworthy–spiritual or unspiritual. Like a surgeon’s scalpel, it cuts corruption from our lives and brings spiritual healing as we submit to the Word in faith. On the other hand, like a warrior’s sword, God’s Word brings judgment on those who disregard and defy it. By submitting to God’s life-penetrating Word, our hearts are changed so we can develop Christlike character.
RESPOND: What does it mean to “fall short” of the promise of entering God’s rest, and how can this happen? (See 4:1 note.) In what way must the message of Christ be combined with faith to be effective and of value to a person? (See 4:2 note.) What must a person do–and continue to do–to enter God’s rest? (See 4:3 note.) What does it mean that “there remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God”? (See 4:9 note.) Why and how must we “make every effort to enter that rest”? (See 4:11 note.) In what way is this not a matter of relying on our own efforts, but rather, depending on God and responding appropriately to Him? Why and in what way is God’s Word “living and active” and “sharper than any double-edged sword”? (See 4:12 first note.) What does it mean when it talks about the Word “dividing soul and spirit”? (See 4:12 second note.) What judgments does God’s Word make about us? In light of verse 13, what must we keep in mind about our actions and accountability to God? How should this affect our daily lives?
PRAY: Give God thanks for the rest that awaits you as you remain faithful to Him. Thank Him for His Word that exposes your needs, brings life, and makes you aware of God’s promises to you and your accountability to Him. Pray that you always respond to God’s Word with faith.
ACT: Take your Bible with you wherever you go today. It is your guidebook for life, your weapon for spiritual warfare, and your inspiration to influence others for Him. Whenever you have spare time, take it out and read some key passages of your choosing. Try to memorize some of these. Also, review some of the helps and articles in the FBSE.