Hebrews 10:36 (The Forge)

28 Jan Hebrews 10:36 (The Forge)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).

“You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (full readings)

Steve’s Reflections: I admit it – I am not a patient person. I was just a little disappointed when I learned that the Bible makes reference to “waiting” 274 times! I guess I better get used to waiting. I cross paths with many who are discouraged because of an unanswered prayer, lack of direction, a trial that has persisted, and all manner of situations that are requiring them to wait on the Lord. Perhaps you have been impatient with an elderly driver, or found yourself rolling your eyes as you wait for someone to make up their mind while ordering at the drive-up? Or maybe you’ve been struggling with an overbearing boss or a family member who knows just what to say to push your buttons? As we dig deeper, maybe you are suffering inside a loveless marriage, have a child who is rebellious, or an aging parent who requires more and more of your attention? Perhaps you have a disease that causes great pain or a loved one who is terminally ill? Sometimes our own sin, an addiction perhaps, can seem insurmountable and require supernatural patience to overcome. Endurance. Patience. Waiting. Today’s verse from Hebrews speaks of the reality that endurance is a prerequisite to do the will of God. It is so important that our promised reward, eternal life, hinges upon it. Long suffering is the forge that has molded many Saints. Let us embrace these trials today and give thanks to God; for it is these very trials, when bore patiently and with endurance, that will prepare us for life eternal with the Father.

Faith Challenge: Each day offer up your trials both big and small to the Lord as a spiritual sacrifice…it will make you holy.

Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: I’m not perfect. Are you? “If we make mistakes and goof things up good, it is useless being miserable for any length of time. No matter what we may have done, we must move forward…We may not be able to forget the past, but we must get so busy helping others that we don’t have time to think about the past.”

Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action

Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, running, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.

Feast Day: St. Thomas Aquinas – By universal consent, Thomas Aquinas is the preeminent spokesman on reason and divine revelation. He is one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic church, honored with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor.

Faith Quote: “To convert somebody, go and take them by the hand and guide them.”

Through Christ Our Lord,
Romans 12:2

* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.

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