For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
God speaks through His word, the Holy Bible, and here is proof of that. The seventy women of Wednesday Girls Bible Study in Huntsville, Alabama studied the Book of Hebrews this year. On their final night together, each one was asked to write down what God had said to her as she studied Hebrews. We are privileged to share some of their responses with you. I wish we had room to share them all.
The old is gone - the new has come! “There is grace for that!” The victory is simply being at the throne of Grace. Evaluate: Practice the Throne of grace. Faith activates grace. Make yourself at home in the love of God! See to it that I do not refuse Him who speaks! Make time for the things that renew you. Disgrace disappears in grace. The supremacy of Christ! Amen! - - -
It takes no effort to drift. The people of faith in Hebrews were always moving, always growing. And once they left their spiritual milk for solid food, they did not turn back to the baby bottle. We have to do the same. Move forward and let our hurts and mistakes work for God. - - -
Depression, despondence, desperation and discouragement speak very loud in our minds. If we listen in our “desert” times, God is whispering. The desert times are not designed to cause us to disbelieve God, they are designed to cause us to depend on God. He wants to comfort and encourage. Take the time to listen and have ears to hear Him. - - -
What encouragement this study of Hebrews has been. Hebrews truly connects the Old and New Testament. Thank you Father for Your sovereign plan - we have Jesus and His new Covenant - we don’t have to walk in the Law - we have the privilege of walking in His Spirit - Amen! - - -
Although I will never fully comprehend Christ’s finished and complete work on the Cross, I have the privilege to spend my life cultivating a legacy to help others know the saving grace of our great High Priest. Furthermore, in spite of hardship, I am called as His daughter to teach truth and lead others and fight the good fight NO MATTER WHAT! - - -
He will provide me better rest and help for today. He will provide His mercy and grace when I need it most. He expects me to give mercy and grace to others. He expects me to feed, not just be fed. He is interceding on my behalf now! Thank you Lord! - - -
God has spoken to me in such a big way throughout this study. I gained so much insight into the Old Covenant that I was not aware of before and the way it fit into God’s perfect plan for Christ to be the ultimate sacrifice. All of this has been so meaningful to me. To know that God loves us this much that He would sacrifice His perfect Lamb for us. This Easter weekend will be the most meaningful one ever for me because of this study. - - -
Jesus is our High Priest and superior to any other. Better than angels and Moses. Better promises and better rest. He is the Radiance of God’s glory. Always remember, His Sovereignty makes the impossible possible. - - -
Approach the throne of grace with confidence to help in the time of need. Nothing is hidden from God. Nothing. Everything, I mean everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of God. Always remember, there is grace for that. - - -
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! He is my everything! He is God’s gift to me, my Creator, Prophet, High Priest and King! I can trust God and Jesus! My faith in Jesus saves me. My trust and hope is in Him. - - -
The contrast between the old and the new:
- old priesthood - replaced by our high priest forever
- the continual sacrifices replaced by the perfect sacrifice
- the blood of animals replaced by the precious blood of Christ
- repetition replaced by eternity
- Be content that God is enough. Is God my ultimate reality to be desired? - - -
The study of Hebrews has helped me focus my mind on Christ and move towards spiritual maturity.
Jesus is Prophet, Priest and King and the final sacrifice for our sin - once and for all. - - -
In Hebrews God asks me to believe that Christ has saved me completely. I may never fully grasp all He has done for me and yet He wants me to have faith - that is enough. God wants me to rest in Him daily and come to Him daily. He will supply abundant grace to help me run the unique race that He has set out before my life to finish. - - -
It takes no effort whatsoever to drift and go with the current of this world, but as Christians we are called to so much more. We must dig deeper into God’s Word and not rely on others for our “spiritual food” and by doing so He promises to fill us with His Spirit, which will result in changed lives - ours and those around us! - - -
The Lord has shown me the magnitude of His New Covenant and I am truly free. Free from the letter of the law, because it is fulfilled in Him. He is the author and finisher of my faith and as I look to the unseen, He is there to equip me for the race. I can praise His excellent name for saving me and making me holy. - - -
Through this study of Hebrews, God has drawn me closer to Him. My hunger and thirst to KNOW Him has become almost unquenchable! He has pushed me to the end of myself, and convicted me to get out and serve. I have grown so much over these 13 weeks. I have learned “there is grace for that,” “use God’s tools,” “the devil has nothing in me,” “get off my spiritual baby bottle,” “KNOW Him, don’t just work for Him,” “do something,” “pour into others.” - - -
For me, the book of Hebrews has reminded me that my walk with Jesus is intentional. Receiving His grace, demonstrating it to others “there is grace for that.” The warnings to stand firm, know the truth, recognize my sinfulness and that God works in me and through me in my weakness! Jesus is enough. All sufficient, superior to all else, the only one worthy of all glory and honor and praise. Bless the Lord, oh my soul, bless the Lord, worship His holy name, sing like never before, oh my soul, worship His holy name. - - -
It is ok. You will always be ok because God will always be with you. Even when you feel alone, God is with you. - - -
Hebrews 12:20-21 spoke to me:
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the new covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. - - -
Thank you, ladies for studying the Book of Hebrews with open hearts, and thank you for listening to God’s voice --
(Hebrews 12:25). He has poured His blessings out upon us through you.
I have been involved in Disciplers since 1987, as a discussion leader, teacher, writer, and now as director. I am profoundly committed to the stewardship of this ministry which God has entrusted to me for a time. God’s word is the chief joy of my life. I cherish my personal time in the word, and I am filled with gratitude to be able to share His word with you, my fellow disciples in Christ.