October 1, Reading 3 – Hebrews 5:11-6:20

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SAA Notes

Faith and patience together lead us to the inheritance Christ has won for us. Faith does not give up either through despair or through apathy. Your hope in Christ is the anchor for your soul to keep you moored in God’s very presence. He is closer to you than you may think.

SJA Notes

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

The writer here points us to some really deep and important truths.

You don’t start on solid food, you mature into it.

And the training that brings discernment is not one-off, but constant.

Maturity is this discernment, and so we can say that spiritual maturity is not something we reach and then forget about.

So, what then is this “constant practice” of learning discernment.

What helps us understand the truth of the world around us? What helps us see the reality of who we, and of who God is? What points us to Jesus, who shows us true discernment?

It is God’s word.

The previous chapter (4) in Hebrews tells us this clearly,

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

How to we have our powers of discernment trained by constant practice?

We read and dwell on and wrestle with God’s word, living with it as our guide through each step we take and bump in the road, God’s Spirit working within us, writing His word on our hearts.

This is a daily practice, hourly and more even! Very constant.

* God Above,

Thank You for Your word. Thank You that it is our guide and the mirror that always tells us the truth.

Please help us to grow in our spiritual maturity.

Please help us to have our discernment constantly exercised as we walk through this life, seeking Your will as it is shown to us in Your word.

Amen.

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