From Handbook to Scripture, Day 333
READING: HEBREWS 11
Because of the manifold superiority of Christ Jesus, the author of this epistle calls his readers to conduct themselves in obedience to Jesus and to persevere in their sufferings for His sake (10:19–39). Like the obedient men and women of the Old Testament, their faith must be in God’s character and their hope must be in His promised heavenly rewards (11:1–40).
Since “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” we must acknowledge with the men and women who are listed in this chapter that we will not receive the fulfillment of God’s promises in this life, but that we await “a better country, that is, a heavenly one.”
Prayer: Lord, it is by faith that I understand that the worlds were prepared by Your word, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. And without faith it is impossible to please You, for whoever comes to You must believe that You are and that You are a rewarder of those who seek You.
Meditation passage: verses 1, 3, 6, 13, 16, 39–40
Integrating the Mind and Heart
All wise God, You have made us for Yourself, and You know our natures and ways far better than we do. In ways that are mysterious to us, we are an integrated unity out of the diversity of spirit, heart, soul, mind, will, emotions, and conscience. We are fearfully and wonderfully made in our material and immaterial existence, and Your Word speaks to every component of our being. I am thankful that You have revealed both propositional and personal truth and have called us to integrate our minds and our hearts. May the principles and precepts of Your Word not only illuminate our minds but also enflame our hearts as we realize that the way, the truth, and the life is a Person whom we can know and love. I pray that the truth of Your Word will inspire our minds to seek true greatness and our hearts to seek Your goodness.
From Handbook to Renewal
My Relationship to God—Truthfulness and Prudence
A simple man believes everything, but a prudent man considers his steps. (Proverbs 14:15)
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the fool pours out folly. (Proverbs 15:1–2)
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but perverseness in it crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)
A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word! (Proverbs 15:23)
A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor. (Proverbs 17:18)
A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in airing his own opinions. (Proverbs 18:2)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Others Compassionately > Christian and the World > Relationship with the world system (world, flesh, and devil)
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (1 John 2:15–16)