Key Verse – Hebrews 10:32
In the Bible God often told His people, remember not the former days because He was doing a new thing. In Hebrews 10, Paul was telling the Jewish believers to remember the former days because they were facing persecution. Some of them were struggling with suffering and discouragement. Paul wrote to the believers to encourage them not to give up and not to draw back from the faith but continue to trust in God and His promises.
In Hebrews 11 Paul wrote a list of Heroes of Faith as an example to encourage these believers not to give up and not to draw back.
Today as believers we can face suffering or discouragement that can cause us to give up. We might wonder if God’s promises are real, if we actually heard from God, we may question why prayers haven’t been answered yet.
If you feel discouraged or feel like giving up we need to look at how Paul encouraged the Jewish believers so that we can also obey these instructions.
Instructions Paul used to encourage the believers:-
Recall the former days (Hebrews 10:32)
In Greek “to recall” means constantly or keep repeating. The “former days” are the days of illumination. These are the days where God revealed Himself to you, you experienced a personal encounter, vision and dreams, God spoke through His Word, through the sermon or through the Holy Spirit. These are the days we need to keep recalling especially during difficult times or discouragement.
Hebrews 11:23 – Moses’ parents were Heroes of Faith. They received a spiritual revelation that Moses was no ordinary child (NIV version). Regardless of persecution, with this revelation, their faith was encouraged and strengthened. We should keep a journal so when we receive illumination we can record it and refer back to it continually and be encouraged.
Endure (Hebrews 10:32)
In Greek this means to stay. Be immovable, hold fast, persevere and suffer patiently. Hebrews 6:12 – faith and patience inherit the promise. Sometimes it takes just one more step or one more day till you see breakthrough. Don’t give up, faith and patience inherit the promise.
Example: God told Noah to build an ark. He waited 100 years for the flood to come. When Noah faced disappointments and hardships he would’ve remembered the former days when God spoke to him and be encouraged to trust in God and His promises. Through faith and patience Noah and his family were saved. We are to endure in the time of suffering with patience for God cannot lie, therefore we will inherit the promise.
Positive confession (Hebrews 10:35)
“Confidence” in Greek means outspokenness, boldness of speech or fearless confidence. Because we have faith and trust we can boldly confess God’s promises even though in the natural it seems impossible.
Example: Abraham and Sarah were too old to have children but God had promised them a child. God changed the name Abram to Abraham which means father of nations, and Sarai to Sarah which means princess because she will be a mother of nations. Even though in the natural it was impossible for Abraham and Sarah to have children, every time they called their new names, they were boldly and positively confessing. By their positive confession in agreement with God’s promises, they were blessed with great rewards.
We must never give up or draw back when we face discouragement or suffering, we must trust in God and His promises. Firstly, remember the former days when you received God’s revelation. Secondly, endure with faith and patience and you will inherit the promise. Thirdly, positively confess in agreement with God and His promises and you will see great reward.
If you would like to accept Jesus into your heart please pray the following prayer.
“Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.”
If you have just prayed this prayer and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, congratulations! We invite you to contact us as we would love to pray a blessing over your life and help guide you on your journey.
The next step. As a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
- Get baptised as commanded by Christ.
- Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
- Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
- Find a local church where you can worship God.
God bless you.