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Question of the day: What does it mean to shrink back? What does it look like to not shrink back?

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 10:26-39 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 10:36-39)

For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us,[a] 27 but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury[b] of fire that will consume God’s enemies.[c] 28 Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death[d] without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.[e] 29 How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for[f] the Son of God, and profanes[g] the blood of the covenant that made him holy,[h] and insults the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know the one who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,”[i] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[j] 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened. 33 At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and afflictions, and at other times you came to share with others who were treated in that way. 34 For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison,[k] and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly[l] had a better and lasting possession. 35 So do not throw away your confidence, because it[m] has great reward. 36 For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised.[n] 37 For just a little longer[o] and He who is coming will arrive and not delay.[p] 38 But my righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back, I[q] take no pleasure in him.[r] 39 But we are not among those who shrink back and thus perish, but are among those who have faith and preserve their souls.[s]

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bjbrooks01
bjbrooks01
6 months ago

Patience, faith and perseverance – all key to remaining steadfast in Christ. As believers we are not immune to hardships and trials, but we do have a living Savior seated at the right hand of the Father who promises to walk with us and reward our faithfulness.
When trials come we need to press on and live for Christ – and not pull away “shrink back” from Him.
When we persevere our life and attitude reflects on others and they can see the great hope and faith we have, and if they are not saved it may be your perseverance that saves a lost soul.