Hebrews 13:5-6 (NKJV)
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:9) The Lord has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us. Why do we feel all alone then? Why do we struggle with sin and the things of this world rather than thriving on the sufficiency of Jesus Christ? Our bold proclamation that “the Lord is my helper and I will not fear” is not consistent with the lifestyles that many “believers” live. Yet, Christ remains the same forever. He has not left so that one must make it on their own. However, many times it is His People who wander away choosing to chase the things of this world rather than being content with the things that God has given us. As we stray past the perimeters of faith and trust, we are subject to the supply and demand economy of this world which never offers satisfaction but rather a drive and desire for more. To break the cycle of helplessness, the Lord must once again become our Provider. He must be the One who the Body of Christ relies on for all that they need. In order to do so means a change of direction, we must pursue godliness once again. Being imitators of God, we align our life with His Will and His Way (Jesus Christ). As everything begins to fall into place according to God’s Plan the blinders will fall from our eyes and the blind will now see through the Light of His Amazing Love what they have been missing, craving and wanting all along. God has supplied all our needs according to His Riches in Glory. We are blessed beyond any curse as His Promises endure. His Joy becomes our Strength. Suddenly contentment breaks through and peace is its partner. Jesus never left us. He did not forsake us. The Lord is our helper so there is no need to fear. What can man do for me?
To forsake means to quit or leave entirely. It is to abandon or desert. It means to give up or renounce (disown). Jesus paid too much for you to cast you aside, but it is nothing for us to forsake the Lord in our words and deeds every day. We did not pay a price for salvation, it is a free gift from God. It is up to us to discover its great worth and decide if it is worth investing our life. The choice remains ours – will it be life or death – will I decide to be blessed or cursed? Salvation gives me the freedom to choose despite my once sinful condition now washed in the Blood of the Lamb. Will I forsake Christ today? Will I deny Him? Will I refuse to follow His Way? Jesus Christ will never leave you or forsake you. But have we forsaken Him?
I Chronicles 28:19-20 (NLT)
“Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the LORD.” Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly.”
The Lord carefully constructed the plans for His Temple in the heart of His Beloved, David. David would not build the glorious masterpiece of God but would hand the plans over to his son, Solomon as the Lord instructed. The father told his son, “Be strong and courageous. Do the work. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged. God is with you. He will not fail you. He will not forsake you. He will see to it that ALL THE WORK is finished correctly! These words are of vital importance to you, son or daughter of the Living God, today. David’s instructions to Solomon are for construction of a physical building, a temple, built to the specifications of God for His Glory. You are the Temple of the Living God now. (I Peter 2:4-5) His Spirit lives inside of you. Are you following these instructions? Or have you given up so soon? God has a specific plan for your life including a future and hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) He has recorded every moment of your life for perfection before you were born. (Psalm 139:16) You just have to follow His Instructions and do it His Way to have everything that He has promised. You must be strong. This is easy because He has promised to be your strength. (Isaiah 41:10) You must be courageous for you have not been given the spirit of fear so reject it. (2 Timothy 1:7) Do the work. You are going to have to put some effort in pursing righteousness, godliness and living by faith. God is with you. He lives inside of you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is making sure that everything turned out just like HE planned. He perfects all that concerns you. (Psalm 138:8) He is working every detail of my life for His Good – past, present and future. (Romans 8:28) Wait a minute! Hey, where are you going? Don’t you want the Blessings and Promises of God to be manifested in your life? Don’t leave Him! Don’t abandon His Plan! Don’t give up – He hasn’t given up on you! The problem is that we have forsaken the Lord’s Plan for our life including the future and hope by abandoning our faith and trust that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and that God’s Word will not return void. (Isaiah 55:11) We are never forsaken by God. We forsake Him every day. We simply do not believe what He said would be will be leaving faith behind to pursue the things of this world hoping to be satisfied.
I Chronicles 28:9-10 (NLT)
“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. So take this seriously. The LORD has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
We bask in God’s Word when it pertains to what God will do for us, but have little interest in what God wants to do in us and through us. David knew the pitfalls of life having experienced them firsthand and did not want his son to follow in his footsteps. Before David revealed God’s Plan for His Temple, he shared this valuable insight with his son. You must know God intimately. Worship and serve Him with your WHOLE HEART and a willing mind. Seek Him and you will find Him. Take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you. Be strong and do the work. Now let’s look at everyone’s favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Who doesn’t want a plan that is good with a future and hope? Of course, we do. But read a little further, Jeremiah 29:12-14 – “In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Paraphrase, you are going to have to spend time with God which means you must strive for righteousness. You must have open communication with God that includes talking and listening. You must look for the Lord WHOLEHEARTEDLY to find Him. He is probably going to move you out of your comfort zone to renew, restore and revive your life. The fine print of God’s Plan for your life is that you must seek Him WHOLEHEARTEDLY!
Hebrews 13:5-8 (Message)
Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me? Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.
Let’s take a look at Hebrews 13 in the Message translation. There should be a consistency that runs through us all and consistency is Jesus Christ. We must wholeheartedly strive to be like the Lord. No longer obsessed with this life or the things of this world, but completing the Good Work that is our new life in Jesus Christ. There will be difficulties we will face. (2 Timothy 2:11-13) These are the times that test our faith to ensure it is genuine and real. (I Peter 1:5-7) There is sorrow in repentance but never in His Blessing. (Proverbs 10:22) The world will add sorrow to our life because it exists in despair knowing its time is limited with hope or a future, it struggles with its doom. The Lord wants you to endure. (I Corinthians 10:12-14) Those who endure to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-14) The prize is not a better life but eternal life. (James1:12) Too many times, believers get caught up in the things of this world struggling for faith that will become confident hope. Money represents the things of this world. It is considered wealth in earthly economy. It is anything that keeps you tied to this world and free from serving God. “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” (I Timothy 6:6-10) God never intended for His Children to be “pierced with many sorrows”. But until we stop forsaking God by dividing our heart between His Kingdom and this world, it will be that way. Churches filled with confused and conflicted Christians who cannot reach out to the world because they cannot help themselves – pierced by many sorrows.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NLT)
Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The sufficiency of God’s Grace is found in the struggle. As we try desperately to move from death to life through Jesus Christ, it defies human logic, all that we know and what we see. God’s Power works best in weakness when we surrender our broken hearts and lives fully to the Lord. Conflict is resolved in that moment. Godliness will all the work of grace to be completed in our life as we fully support God’s Plan and work to show the results of our salvation. Our strength is renewed in surrender as we wait upon the Lord to fulfill every single promise. When we struggle with the Lord for control is when we need His Grace to overflow in our life because that is our flesh attempting to escape death.
Jude 1:14-22 (NLT)
Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want. But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said. They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them. But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. His Word will not fail or return void in your life. The Lord has a good plan with a future and hope that was so incredible that He died for you to have it. Enoch prophesied about the future generations. People living only to satisfy their own desires carelessly forsaking God’s Will, Word and His Way for the things of this world. The Body of Christ must be different. It is time to choose life over death and living according to God’s Plan and make a wholehearted effort to be the holy, godly people that experience God’s Glory. The Lord never left you. He did not forsake you. The only separation between you and the Lord is what you allow to be there. Cling to God. Work hard to show the results of your salvation. It is time to focus. Build one another up in faith. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. Wait for the mercy of Jesus Christ along with everything that He has promised you both now and forever. He will bring you eternal life. Keep yourself safe in the Love of God accepting no substitutions or counterfeits. Do not allow your faith in God to waver and show mercy to those who are. God is completing His Work in you according to His Plan. Stick with it and it will come.
Habakkuk 2:1-4 (NLT)
I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.”
I always wonder when I look up to my “watchtower” or see my abandoned “guard post” – what happened? How could I be so stupid and naïve to leave the Lord to chase anything less? I must climb back up to my watchtower who is my Strongtower and wait…standing guard over my faith until He comes. The Lord is doing more than I could ever think or ask. I cannot imagine all the things that God has in store for me planned before I was born but if I choose not to wait for it – I will miss it altogether because I have forsaken the Lord. Visions are for the future. Silly me to think that there would be no preparation or wait time. God is teaching me to endure. My faith will be made strong in contentment when I choose to believe Him for more than temporary things. God is working on my fulfillment. He has provided all that I need. He is my Protector. He has counted all my days. I will not trust myself but patiently wait on the Lord. I will not leave Him or forsake Him!
Galatians 6:7-9 (NLT)
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.