ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
VERACITY OF GOD This is that perfection of God in virtue of which He is true in His inner being, in His revelation, and in His relation to His people. He is the true God over against the idols, knows things as they really are.
Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Praise God for His Veracity.
Praise God because He is true. Praise God because He has revealed Himself. Praise God because He knows things as they are.
CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.
- Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
- Pray for Jason and Lisa. Ask God to give them strength and encouragement as they serve overseas.
Hebrews 3 – New International Version
Jesus Greater Than Moses
3 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
Warning Against Unbelief
7 So, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the wilderness,
9 where your ancestors tested and tried me,
though for forty years they saw what I did.
10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
Today in the United States we celebrate our independence. For many of us it will be a day of BBQ, outdoor fun, and fireworks. As you celebrate today, give thanks for the freedom that you have in America. Give thanks for the courageous men and women who have sacrificed through the decades to preserve and protect our freedoms. As you give thanks, remember who you are in Christ. You have been made holy by Jesus’ blood. He has as Hebrews 1:1 says purified you from your sins. By His shed blood, He secured your freedom from the guilt of sin. Remember that you are set apart to be a part of a family. Your freedom won for you in Christ makes you part of His family. Just as you have friends and family to celebrate with today, you have brothers and sisters in Christ who will celebrate and walk with you. You are not alone. You have a people, your brothers and sisters in Christ. Also think about your heavenly calling. As you rest from your job today, reflect on the heavenly calling, a life centered completely around the will and ways of God. Give thanks and consider, how can I live as a family member of this family? How do I more faithfully live out the heavenly calling?