∑ Be careful and take heed.
Heb 3:12 Take heed, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
guarding our heart is important…Becoming jaded, cynical, and skeptical is common in the days we live…focusing on the positive, the glass is half full is much better than to focus on the negative the glass is half empty…many times small irritations creep in to attempt to shift our focus from what is good, and right and worthy of our though life.
∑ Hold firmly to your profession
Heb 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
What did you first profess / confess when you first connected to Jesus Christ? Many confessed their sins asking for forgiveness and proclaimed him as their Lord…
here are a few related verses…that encourage the believer to continue to hold fast to the saving name of Jesus.
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'”
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
∑ Fix your sight / heart / affections on Jesus
Heb 12:1-2 let us run the race with endurance the race that is set before us fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of faith.
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name.
∑Encourage others daily
Heb 3:13 encourage one another day after day as long at it is still called today lest you become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin
to encourage someone means to pour courage into their heart. I’ve noticed an amazing thing, when i encourage another person, somehow i am encouraged.
noticing others, getting our eyes off ourselves is key to being a good encourager, realizing the universe doesn’t revolve around our lives is the first step. He must increase, I must decrease…was John the Baptist’s principle…self absorbed people invite rejection from others…no one wants to around self centered people who talk about their success, their inflated view of their talents and gifting
…how do you know you are in the place of self-absorption…listen to you conversation and how many times you say, me, my, i and how many times you promote yourself before others…if you are doing this you are setting yourself up for rejection.
on the other hand…people who consistently encourage others
listen more than they speak
ask wondering questions out of genuine interest
seek opportunities to show care to others in practical ways
serve without seeking a reward or receiving kudos
have a humble attitude
promote others above themselves
bold enough to pray for others in a gentle way withour fanfare
are an inspiration
have a healthy worldview