Grace For Your Day July 11

According to one survey, the price for housing in Canada set a record in 2021 with the average price topping out at $713,000 in December. It was 26 percent higher than the previous year and considered to be one of the busiest seasons on record for real estate agents. It was also done with one goal in mind and that is to purchase a finished home. Everyone wanted to buy a house that was either completed or well on its way to being completed.
 
However, God looks at real estate differently because the Bible says that He is still building His household. He is not done putting it together because He is adding to it day-by-day and moment-by-moment as He brings lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ. Hebrews 3:1-6 talks about this when it tells us that Jesus is greater than Moses for “Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant … but Christ was faithful as a Son” (verses 5-6). Then the Author goes on to give one more powerful application of this truth when he says in verses 7-11:
 
Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me,

As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me,
And saw My works for forty years.
 
“Therefore, I was angry with this generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they did not know My ways’;
 
As I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’”
 
The reference in this passage is to the time when Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. They kept roaming the desert aimlessly until an entire generation of them died off because they provoked God. They hardened their hearts against Him because they did not pay attention to His many miracles and acts of kindness on their behalf. As a result, the Lord did not allow them to enter “My rest.”
 
The Lord also did this because the people refused to conquer the Promise Land when they first had the chance. He did not allow that generation to enter His rest because they refused to overtake it after the spies brought back their report concerning the inhabitants. However, their ongoing stubbornness did not help because it continually aroused God’s anger against them and the warning here is simple: make sure that you do not do the same thing. Do not provoke God to anger by letting your hearts grow hard in the church.
 
This is important because we all have a tendency to take the Lord for granted from time-to-time. We all have a propensity to let our hearts grow hard by hearing a sermon and saying, “Oh well, it is just another one.” Or we read a verse from the Bible and say, “It is no big deal because I have already heard it all before.” However, the problem with that attitude is that is it sinful. It shows a spirit of ingratitude just like the people of Israel displayed in the wilderness and the Lord hates it when we do that.
 
Make no mistake, the Lord is still building His house. He is still bringing people into the kingdom but He is only doing it for those who are humble. He will only save those who see His good works and respond in faith and repentance which is what we are going to talk about this Sunday morning at Grace Fellowship Church.  
 
The service begins at 9:30 and I look forward to seeing you there as this should be a very edifying study from a very edifying passage from God’s Word. - Jeremy Cagle  

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