Summer Devotional June 13th, 2018

Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

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BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 11, Day 2: Hebrews 4:14-16

Summary of passage:  We have a great high priest (Jesus Christ) who has gone through the heavens and who has been tempted in every way, just as we have–but remained without sin.  He can sympathize with out weaknesses.

Questions:

3a)  A great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, and who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.

b)  According to Webster’s Dictionary, have also means “to receive, accept, and to stand in a certain relationship to”.  We receive, accept, and stand in a certain relationship to Jesus.

4)  Jesus’ greatest temptation was the questioning of who he is, what his mission was, and it’s ultimate fulfillment.  Jesus faced human temptations and had human emotions, which included human desires.  He didn’t want to die (his mission).  He probably had great joy in helping people and healing them.  The Devil tried to tempt him with human material items/desires.

This is significant because the Devil knows our greatest weaknesses as well.  He tried to tempt Jesus, playing off of Jesus’ greatest fears.

Jesus himself says the spirit is willing but the body (being human) is weak.  Isn’t this true for us all?  We all have good intentions but when it comes down to us, our humanness often wins in the end.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Probably fulfilling God’s desires for me with human intentions instead of with His intentions.  Doing His will selfishly, I guess, and on my own terms and not His.

c)  We can tell ourselves that if Jesus withstood temptations then so can we.  However, I’m unsure how helpful this will be because then we think ‘Well, that was Jesus.  I mean, He was great, powerful, the Son of God!  Of course he would withstand temptations.  If I were the Son of God, I’d be able to as well.  But I’m just a mere nobody mortal.’

Overcoming temptations is an act of will–nothing else.  We must be strong just like Jesus was and have the courage to stand up in the face of the Devil and our particular temptation.

5a) God and Jesus sit on the throne of grace.  God grants us grace.  So to approach the throne of grace is to approach God and Jesus with our problems, lay it out for them, and ask for help to solve/overcome them.  Here, we will find mercy and grace from the One who loves us beyond imagining.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I don’t like this question.  In my opinion, EVERY circumstance is especially needful.  If you have a need, God has the solution.  You need but ask.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6

If it worries you, take it to the throne.  NOW!  Don’t wait.  God isn’t waiting…

Right now, my family is praying for a move because the place we live is draining life from my husband and me.  We are praying He opens us up a home where we can stay for an extended period of time and quit moving around all the time.  We are praying for stability in a place we want to live.

I am praying for my husband’s job.  For him to feel appreciated for all the hard work he does or to open up a different opportunity where my husband can grow and bloom for a long time to come.

We don’t have a church right now.  We haven’t since we moved.  I just don’t have the heart to search one out.  Our church is at home right now, where we read the Bible and discuss God’s word together.

I pray generically for my country since I believe the problems are too great to name specifics.

Conclusions:  What I got out of this is Philippians 4:6.  We need to pray.  Pray with all of out might for ourselves, our family, for others, for our church, and for our nation.  And ask God, the solution master, for His will to be done.  And soon!  Then verse 7 says the peace of God will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.  We will have peace when we pray!

This is probably not what I was supposed to get out of Hebrews.  Oh, well.

I love this site for the passage:  http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/5804.htm

I use Enduring Word all the time for clarification but here they put it succinctly.  I used them for my answer to 5 and they were the ones who reminded me of Philippians.