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Hebrews 12:7-17 (Hebrews 12:7-17)Tim Douglass, March 4, 2018
Part of the Letter to the Hebrews series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
We may not enjoy God’s correction, but He does it to build us up. However, He doesn’t automatically make the change in us, but instead points us in the right direction and gives us a bit of a push to start moving. We have to be faithful to do the work to get the benefit. What does that work look like in practical applications though? The writer addresses both the specific needs of his audience as well as a bunch of more general things. So let’s look at how we are supposed to go about strengthening the hands that hang down.
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7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. (KJV)