FCAMA Advent Devotion – Friday, December 18, 2015

Hebrews 10:32-39
“God Never Promised an Easy Day. But, He Did Promise Strength for the Day.”

“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord.  Remember the great reward it brings you!  Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will.  Then you will receive all that he has promised.

For in just a little while, the coming One will live come and not delay.
And my righteous ones will live by faith.
But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.

But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction.  We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.” (Hebrews 10:35-39, NLT)

Persecution has a tendency to separate the wheat from the chaff.  The real steadfast believer from the pretending poser.

During the Civil War, a Union Army fort was under severe attack; badly outnumbered.  The fort’s commander sent a desperate message to General Sherman asking for help.  General Sherman sent the courier back with a simple message:  “Hold the fort for I am coming!”  The General had a reputation for being good for his word.   The union commander and his men took courage from that message and were determined to never surrender.  They fought with uncommon valor.  The General kept his word and arrived with a large army of seasoned fighting men.  He rescued the faithful commander and his brave men.  Had they not trusted their General and surrendered; history would have written a sadder ending.

The writer of Hebrews is asking us to take courage and to hold on.  According to Revelation 19; the Commander of Heaven’s Armies is on His way to rescue us.

Prayer Song:  “Hold the Fort for I am coming; Jesus Signals Still”  “Wave the answer back to Heaven by Thy grace we will.”

Pastor Stephen Floyd, First Church of the Nazarene, Falls City

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