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Oct 2

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for both a good night’s sleep and time with my husband! Thank you for allowing me to take things a bit slower this coming week, my birthday week! I hope to do more art and perhaps more reading this week, and definitely put less pressure on myself to work, work, work. Perhaps lightening up on myself will help me to get a better understanding of my priorities and of your will for me — YOUR priorities! I have my own ideas of what I am supposed to be doing, but I do not always know if you might be wanting me to either push myself harder in certain areas, or ease up a bit. Perhaps the birthday week easing up will help me to see all that more clearly. I pray that you open the eyes of my understanding, Lord, and help me to serve you with greater clarity. Amen!

 
Hebrews 3:1-14 ERV

So, my brothers and sisters, those chosen by God to be his holy people, think about Jesus. He is the one we believe God sent to save us and to be our high priest.
God made him our high priest, and he was faithful to God just as Moses was. He did everything God wanted him to do in God’s house.
When someone builds a house, people will honor the builder more than the house. It is the same with Jesus. He should have more honor than Moses.
Every house is built by someone, but God built everything.
Moses was faithful as a servant in God’s whole house. He told people what God would say in the future.
But Christ is faithful in ruling God’s house as the Son. And we are God’s house, if we remain confident of the great hope we are glad to say we have.
So it is just as the Holy Spirit says: “If you hear God’s voice today,
don’t be stubborn as you were in the past, when you turned against God. That was the day you tested God in the desert.
For 40 years in the desert, your people saw what I did. But they tested me and my patience.
So I was angry with them. I said, ‘Their thoughts are always wrong. They have never understood my ways.’
So I was angry and made a promise: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.'”
So, brothers and sisters, be careful that none of you has the evil thoughts that cause so much doubt that you stop following the living God.
But encourage each other every day, while you still have something called “today.” Help each other so that none of you will be fooled by sin and become too hard to change.
We have the honor of sharing in all that Christ has if we continue until the end to have the sure faith we had in the beginning.

 
What an amazing honor to be God’s HOUSE! I have been watching lots of Great Courses lately, learning about ancient history from all different perspectives — their basic history, their cities, their art, their food… and most of these ancient civilizations from all over the world have temples — houses for their gods — as the heart of their great cities. Even today, people make pilgrimages from all over the world to come to the special places of their religions. Yet, our Almighty God’s “special place” is right here inside US — our hearts, our spirits, even our very bodies! What an amazing, merciful, gracious Lord we serve, that He would dwell so closely with His people, putting His own Holy Spirit inside each of us. Making each of us His own house, His own temple, His own residence. I am in awe! 😯

 

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