He has promised, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (13:5). We must realize that walking by sight is sinful and it means living for yourself. —Richard De Haan. Though He will be arrayed in nobler garments than He wore when first He visited earth, though He will no more be the Man of Sorrows and grief’s acquaintance (see Isaiah 53:3), yet He will be the same person, unchanged by all His glories, His triumphs, and His joys. The writer to the Hebrews quotes God as saying to His people, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). If anyone else holds the rope, I dare not go. (F B Meyer. In his original creation man's will was intended to register the Will of God, to say Yes to it, and to pass the divine impulses and commandments to the rest of our being. Hebrews 13:8. Death frightens many of us and makes us feel awkward in the presence of a terminally ill person. But since Jesus is holding me fast, I can never doubt. The Christian Altar . EstiMatte what you have got, and then count God into the bargain! He knew that the path of life would unfold before Him. Apr 4, 1996. Let us count up our treasures and blessings, and we shall find that even in the saddest and loneliest life there is something to turn our sorrow into singing (2 Co 6:10). Because He is eternal, He can give us an eternal guarantee. We too can take comfort in knowing that our God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). And "there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (18:24). We are to put actions behind our gratitude. What is our responsibility to others and to Christ? They dream of the lives they would live, of the deeds they would do, if only they were better circumstanced. 1:5; 1 Chron. Be thou bold to believe, for he hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”In this promise, God gives to his people everything. --M. R. De Haan. Heaven for the Christian is best spelled H-O-M-E. Do you like continued stories? Hebrews 13:11-13: Jesus Suffering Without the Gate: C. Bradley, M. A. Hebrews 13:11-13: Let Us Go Forth: C. H. Spurgeon. [18] Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. In the Greek it has five negatives, each one definitely shutting out the possibility of the Lord’s ever leaving one of His people so that he can justly feel forsaken of his God. Having warned the Hebrews against the dangers of selfishness, fleshly lusts, and covetousness, the Apostle proceeds to warn them against the … But He delights in deeds that spring from faith that works through love (Gal. John Piper Mar 27, 1988 254 Shares Sermon. But he says, "I will be inquired of, by the house of Israel, to do it for them." Fear will leave us when we remember that God is always with us. —Mason. ... Scripture: Hebrews 6:13–18. What you’re used to will continue. And being perfect—he can never change for the worse. I am to love and serve my fellow church members. John Piper Oct 19, 1997 10 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. And feelings of loneliness o'er us would roll, To strengthen, to comfort, to help, and to guide.-- Dennis J. It required suffering. Will He give Him the victory, and forsake those for whom He won it? Then you're left hanging in the air with the words: "To be continued." So, how do you protect yourself from those who make religious claims that God's Word does not support? [20] Now may the God of peace… —Richard De Haan. Ask yourself this…Do I just come to church on Sundays and then never serve my church family through the week? Step one in presenting Christ acceptable worship is to serve others. Jesus always listens and always cares. Their leaders will then have joy rather than grief as they seek to be faithful in carrying out their God-appointed duties. Yet throughout history men and women have staked their lives on that truth. The writer of Hebrews said that if you live with faith in the Lord of eternity, you have Him. Insecurity and sin can create a sense of fear, awkwardness, and clumsiness in Jesus' presence. The temptations, stresses, and failures will all be in the past. The second quote is from Psalm 118:6. For her, Immanuel was the ultimate cure for loneliness. I would ask that you serve and love others by submitting to the leadership of our church. He is deeply interested in our welfare, lovingly concerned to do us good, and ready to help us in every time of trouble. He is determined to bless us indeed, and this being the case—he must empty us from vessel to vessel, and change his dealings according to the state of our hearts, our enemies, or our temptations. I'd better go home with you. What can man do to me?" Have dinner or attend a Bible study or some other activity together. Then all at once we were enveloped by a brief whiteout. In Revelation 1:8, Jesus Christ identified Himself by saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, … who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." "May the Lord bless you You have never explored the resources of your own soul. But what is gained--His praise--is always greater than what is given up. On New Year's Eve 1916, a chaplain spoke to a gathering of British Commonwealth soldiers in Cairo, Egypt. He is the God of the gentle zephyr, of the evening glow, of the mother's brooding care; and may be trusted by His gentleness and patience to make us great. Our Lord had none of this world's goods; the apostles had neither silver nor gold; Carey was only a poor cobbler; Bunyan a travelling tinker; Wesley left two silver spoons. That knowledge can lighten any burden of worry about the future. Racks and stakes are out of fashion. It could be for us our comfort zone. There may be a promise in the Word which would exactly fit your case, but you may not know of it, and therefore you miss its comfort. We must focus our attention on Jesus Christ. SOME PEOPLE seem born with a sullen and feverish temper, and it is very difficult for them to brighten into smiles and songs. What would going outside the camp look like for you? Brotherly love must continue (Hebrews 13:1). His infinite wisdom devises our way, and inconceivable love directs our steps.  and protect you. Jesus addresses you through me, and says, "O my people, what have I done unto you? AMEN. This is a sermon on Hebrews 13:15-16 ***** Sermon on Hebrews 13:15-16 ***** By: Rev. He was saved in 1897 in Chicago at the Pacific Garden Mission, and not long afterward was named director of the City Rescue Mission in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In Jesus He has revealed Himself as "Immanuel," which means, "God with us. Therefore he sprang to his feet, called to Sarah for help, and the two of them quickly ministered to the three unknown men. He's my dad. This text also has another part to it as well. If you make 10,000 a year or 100,000 a year you can easily spend it all on yourself and not have any left to love others with. Did you ever do better, or so well anywhere else. (Spurgeon, C. H. Daily Help), Whether the company is Twentieth Century Fox in Hollywood or Twentieth Century Data in Dallas, time has caught up with these companies and they're a century behind. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. I’ve also be associated with churches who seem very friendly when you arrive but whose friendliness is really only on the surface. [17] But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Apr 10, 1988. What can man do to me?'" —Joanie Yoder —Joanie Yoder. But you must go to him first—be sure you remember this, for he has a jealous eye! --Fitzhugh. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. You have Him, so you can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. Only God can meet the needs of the lonely. Tell your own salvation story, and ask others to share theirs as well—as a "sacrifice of praise to God" (Hebrews 13:15). Come, then, and receive, and so glorify Jesus. They are spiritual sacrifices that come from giving ourselves completely to Him (Rom. What more can we desire than Almighty Goodness. Is it just some pleasant piety that evokes a wide yawn? "Be content with such things as you have." If the followers of false teachers try cruel mockery and scorn, we do not wonder at it, for the men of this world cannot love the heavenly seed. Whether he gave the word to Abraham or to Moses, matters not, O believer; he has given it to thee as one of the covenanted seed. Yes, this life is but the first chapter of the book of life. Scripture: Hebrews 1:1–4. Why then do you forsake the fountain of living waters? What will the next chapter be for you? They always want more, and they live in dread that they will lose what they have. Dr. Philip W. McLarty Here's an age-old question: If Jesus were to show up for church this morning, would you recognize him – We are living in an ever?changing society. Remember, 1 interpretation many applications. That is the meaning of the words: "The Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant." This list is important because if we understand the writer’s intention, this list not only helps us glorify Christ but it helps your fellow church member glorify Christ as well.  and be gracious to you. —David C. McCasland, With friendship's glowing lamp alight. Our present enjoyment of God's grace is apt to be checked by the memory of yesterday's sins and blunders. That night, a 14-year-old boy stood up and said simply, "I'm glad Jesus saved me. 13:2). —Hess, We can face any fear when we know the Lord is near. We need so much patience, forbearance, and longsuffering, that if God's mercy were anything less we should despair, but it is extended to every generation till Time shall be no more! It is a life style worship we’re speaking of not just something that happens Sunday mornings from 11-12:15. But these are wisely concealed from our view, and whatever may be our anticipations or forebodings, the Lord meets us on the threshold of this year and assures us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!" "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are!". (F B Meyer. What comfort there is in knowing that equally His mercy is everlasting. When He went outside that camp and endured the cross and suffered for His people, He was loving us with every fiber of His being. Are we confident that God holds us in His almighty hands? His eye is observant of the Christian's goings, and marks every step he takes. You cannot grow in grace to any high degree while you are conformed to the world. Loving others, for Jesus, meant pain and suffering. [5] Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  [6] So we can confidently say. For the believer, it will be continued in heaven with our Lord. Some spiritual sacrifices will be costly. When he openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too. If the land floweth with milk and honey, eat the honey and drink the milk, for both are thine. Our relationships change as we move to new places, experience illness, and ultimately face death. "Do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased" (v.16). ", One day G. Campbell Morgan visited an elderly woman who lived alone. OUR TEXT refers to that memorable scene when Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent, probably inclined to slumber in the heat of noon. I’ve been a part of church whose membership is well up over a thousand people but whose weekly attendance is under two hundred. Everything around us is changing and fast passing away! I proclaim to you in my Master's name, that he has everything you can need for body or soul—for time or eternity! Did you know that when you love others in the name of Christ, you’re worshipping Christ? He'll preach himself to death. He is pleased when we continually give thanks in Jesus' name, do good, and share with others (Heb. John Piper Apr 4, 1996 42 Shares Sermon. Then they go home and have their favorite Sunday dinner—not fried chicken, but roast preacher. The sad part of all this is that by the time everything is bought whether by cash or credit, there remains none left for the church. God promised Israel, "The Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard" (Isaiah 52:12). In a world where we can't always depend on guarantees, there is one promise we can trust. In our crowded lives, where room is scarce, it is less easy for us to care for the people who may be cast as strangers amongst us, but there is a hospitality of the mind that we can all exercise, when we open our hearts to some story of sorrow. In other words, He told them, "Don't keep on fearing.". We come to Hebrews 13 and find that the first 6 verses are extremely practical. "We have an altar." Others may not like the way you look, but He looks at your heart (1 Samuel 16:7; Luke 24:38). AMEN. It is an impregnable Rock, on which the waves of sin can make no sensible impression. That's what a true friend would do. Let us not be afraid of Him, as though He must use some terrible anguish, some heartrending grief. It happens when a shyster tells a couple that he's from the bank, and they need to withdraw money and give it to him to fix a bank error. And will be so through every week, day, hour—yes, minute of the present year! HEBREWS 13:15-16. During His life on earth, Jesus chose to identify with poor and destitute people. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. Let us humbly ask the great Surgeon of sods, by the pressure of His strong and gentle hands, here and now, to joint our wayward wills with the Will of God, and then to work in us and through us that which is well-pleasing in His sight! —David H. Roper. And here is the good news. They wanted to know of a way to get rid of their pastor. John Piper Apr 10, 1988 73 Shares Sermon. Hebrews 13:10: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. He has the same nature, the same heart, and the same fellow feeling. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness. IT IS most comforting that our Heavenly Father is "the God of Peace.'" We have the need to see that our behavior affects others as well as ourselves. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Hebrews 13:2 Would You Recognize Him? The children would make a tiny bouquet, and if it was dusk, add a candle. If you have everything else but the Lord, you don't have much at all. Count on God's word. Wherein have I wearied you? In one of his sermons he had said: "When the clock strikes for me, I shall go, not one minute early, and not one minute late. 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