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December 11 - Morning

"Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you
as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 
If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children
and not true sons."

- Hebrews 12:7-8

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Simply Consider Hardships as Training


The author of the book of Hebrews writes to his readers concerning their hardships, persecutions and their "struggle against sin" (12:4) in chapter twelve. He does not tell them that these hardships are the result of their sin or bad doctrine. In fact, he gives them no explanation why they are suffering, but he does give them some advice concerning the proper attitude toward hardships. In this case the readers are told to endure all hardships as discipline from God. The Old Testament text he uses to support his advice is Proverbs 3:11-12:

"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son."
- Proverbs 3:11-12

Even Jesus during his life on earth suffered through the basic trials of life. The author has already
said Jesus "learned" (Hebrews 5:8) from these hardships and matured ("made perfect," telios,
"made complete") "through what he suffered" (Hebrews 2:10).

The author tells his readers that they are to, "Endure hardships as discipline." The word
"discipline" is from the Greek word paideian which refers to raising a child, especially the
training, teaching, and education of a child. (Paideian is also used in Ephesians 6:4;
2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 12: 5; 12:7-8; 12:11) The word "endure" is hupomone and which
means to remain under the pressure patiently and to remain behind when others have fled.

The point of this advice is that when there is no explanation for your hardships, consider it
training from God who is preparing your soul. When there is no way to avoid your hardship
other than to compromise the truth of the Word of God or your compromise your commitment
to living in righteousness, then you should continue in the truth and face your hardship because
you are being treated by God as sons that he loves and who he is training and preparing
for greater things.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand."
- Leo Durocher


Something to Ponder??
On July 19, 64 AD fire broke out in Rome and raged for seven days. Ten of the fourteen wards of Rome were destroyed. Since Nero had planned to rebuild Rome and name it after himself before the fire and, then, after the fire Nero seized a large part of the land and built his Golden Palace, the citizens blamed Nero for setting the fire. Nero deflected the accusations from himself to a new religious group called the Christians. Because of this a brief period of persecution broke out in Rome that led to the death of Peter in 64 AD and Paul in 67/68 AD.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Qadash (Hb) Consecrate (Eng) - qadash is the Hebrew verb that means "consecrate,"
"to set aside," "to make holy." Qadash is used 152 times in the OT which includes being
used 25 times in Exodus, 29 times in Leviticus, 20 times in Second Chronicles and 15 times
in Ezekiel. God's purpose in the Old Testament was to qadash Israel for his purpose:

" 'Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be
my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,
  you will be for me a kingdom
of priests and a
holy (qadash)nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
- Exodus 19:5-6

  An ossuary was found in a tomb in Jerusalem with the Aramaic inscription identifying the person whose bones had been collected in this ossuary, saying, "Simon the Temple Builder" on both sides. This man helped build Herod's temple and would have been a priest who wanted to be remembered as one of those who helped construct the second temple.
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Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I run from God when I face hardships or difficult times? Do I blame God?
Does my attitude isolate me from his power?
I will come to God in hardships to gain comfort and empowerment,
but also for correction, training and instruction.
  "He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment." - Proverbs 12:11
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