Journal Entry ~ 06/14/19

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. - Hebrews 10:23-25

In a world that is constantly trying to draw us away from our faith, I love the simplicity and encouragement found in verse 23 - let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering. Hang on to your faith as you navigate this crazy world. There will be days the chaos will try to knock you down, but don’t let it. Cling to your faith without wavering and He will fulfill His promises to you. 

But how?  How do we hang on to our faith when it is constantly being battered and attacked by the forces of this world?  The next two verses are foundational in answering that question. We meet with other believers for the purpose of stirring one another up. We will falter if we try to walk alone. 

But they go even further than just telling us to meet with fellow believers. They begin with 'let us consider', which really means pause and think about how to do this ourselves. These words don't tell us to wait for others to invite us in to their small group or their lives or the conversation, it calls us to do it. It doesn't say wait until someone asks you how you feel about something, it doesn't say sit passive while others talk at small says to actively think about how you can engage in the conversations, it says you should be the one figuring out how to stir up or encourage others. 

Sometimes, the enemy can get inside our heads and convince us nobody wants to hear what we have to say, that our thoughts don't have value to others, or we feel we will be judged by what we say or we feel shame over something we have done, or we disagree and we don't want to seem judgmental. There are so many reasons we don't engage or speak up, and the enemy has a field day with us when we remain quiet. 

'Let us consider how' is a call to action - we must each figure out how to engage in the conversations to stir up and encourage on another. It begins with being present in one another's lives - attending small group and church, and it continues by engaging in the conversation when we're present. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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