Thursday, December 19, 2013

Considerations ~ Verbs For Life

The verbs used to describe Moses’ life of faith tell quite a story all on their own (from Hebrews 11). Moses:

·         Refused: “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” (vs 24)

·         Chose: “choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” (vs 25)

·         Considered: “He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt” (vs 26)

·         Looked: “for he was looking to the reward” (vs 26)

·         Left: “By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king” (vs 27)

·         Endured: “for he endured as seeing him who is invisible” (vs 27)


·         Refuse earthly pleasures: “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (II Timothy2:22)

·         Choose kingdom-of-God relationships: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

·         Consider the supremacy of Christ even in our sufferings: “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-11)

·         Look to our spiritual inheritance in Jesus Christ: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

·         Leave the world without fear of the anger of the red dragon: “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Revelation 12:11-12); For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (I John 5:4)

·         Endure until the end when we will enter the presence of God where “there is fullness of joy”, and pleasures at his right hand forevermore: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11) “But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)

© 2013 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)

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