Reflections For Life
Hebrews 4: 14 - 16
Pastor Lou Gallo
March 15, 2020
When our lives are put on hold as they have been these last several weeks, they can be times of self-reflection. A time for spiritual inventory. The following verses can help us do that.
A command that is repeated most often in the entire Bible is to not fear. While that can seem like a harsh thing to say, especially during times of uncertainty and suffering, it is almost always connected to a promise, that the Lord will be with you.
We shouldn’t ignore our fear, we should listen to it.
Author Ed Welch says, “Fear says, I’m vulnerable.” How we respond to that vulnerability makes all the difference in our lives. We can respond in two ways. One, with increasing fear and anxiety, which will draw us away from trusting God. The second, and the best response, is, to be honest about our fear to God and draw near to Him and trust Him that He is with us.
Isaiah 41:10 says,
“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
How can we draw near to God? How do we actively move towards Him? Hebrew 4:14-16 instructs us in three important elements to drawing near to God.
Hold fast to our confession (v:14). The confession is that all our sins, even our fears have been forgiven through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins. Our sins were credited to Him! Be honest and confess your sins and confess Jesus as your Savior.
Know that Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses (v:15). Not only do we confess that Jesus has forgiven our sins but that He lived the life we couldn’t live. He was tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin. His perfect life is credited to us.
Have confidence to draw near (v:16). Because our sins are forgiven and His righteousness (His perfect life) is credited to us, we can come to our Holy Father’s throne of grace.
Questions for Reflection:
1. How can you practically make time to take spiritual inventory?
2. What obstacles do you face to being honest with God (and yourself)?
3. Are you experiencing fear during this virus crisis? Even if it's low-grade fear (just below the surface of our minds).
4. What promise does God usually give us when He commands us to "Fear Not?"
5. What difference does that make in your life and how you think about your fear?
6. What steps can you take to draw near to God?
7. Of the three points above which is the hardest for you to do (not just in your mind, but in your heart, and in your life)?
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We pray that this exercise will strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you draw near with confidence.