Hebrews 12:12-13 By Pastor Don
Pastor Don shared that this was one of his favorite healing scriptures.
Hebrews 12:12-13 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
Pastor Don told us when a passage begins with “Therefore” we need to find out what it is there for. So we looked at Verse 11.
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
The chastening of God does not seem joyful, it can be painful but, if we wake up and smell the coffee, God strengthens us. One of our members, Joy, talks about the first rule of holes – when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
God will strengthen the hands that hang down. The hanging down of hands does not just portray an attitude, but is an indication of a problem. Our hands are to be productive and busy or praying and praising the Lord (hands risen), not hanging as if defeated or frustrated.
To regain strength is something we have to participate in to help ourselves, to prepare ourselves before the beginning of the day, to focus ourselves for the day. We do not need to begin our day by listing all the stuff we have to do, but rather, to talk with and think about what God wants us to do, and what attitude we should be having. Some of our thoughts are not godly thoughts and come to try to interrupt the flow.
Your mind can stress you to death. Remember, it is not always about what you produce but by what you permit. Sometimes we can get led down rabbit trails that are distractions and overload us with things to do. When we feel overloaded we need to remember the blessings of God, get our hands up and praise Him, then get more organized. There is a difference between what is in our heart and mind to do.
Write down what is in your mind. If you are not organized, a spirit of despondency can come upon you with justification before you know it. If you do not stop that spirit, shut it up, and then go after what God wants, your hands can hang down. If you can lift up your hands you can stop the onslaught and organize yourself.
Write a vision and make a plan. We can get so upset about time, but it isn’t time – but seasons that matter. When our season comes and our energy changes, we can begin to carry out our plans.
Ask yourself, what would I do if I were healthy and felt great? Whatever that is, go do it and you will feel great. Strengthen your hands which hang down, get organized.
One way to strengthen your hands is to sit down and begin to get the clutter out. Clutter seems overwhelming, and you need to make space and deal with the mess. Raise your hands to begin to organize your clutter and make space for your gift.
If Jesus was going to come into your home and space, wouldn’t you want it clean before He got there?
The devil is perfect at overloading you.
Feeble Knees – natural (sickness attacks you, kind of like Job, resentment, anger) or spiritual (not spending enough knee time in prayer). We can be paralytic in our knees, where we have not spent time in worship. When we are most depressed it is usually because we have stopped our prayer time and we are under spiritual attack.
Get your knees bending and moving and worship.
God has built us for health and showed us how to stay healthy. God has built us with the need for exercise for our bodies. It is no accident that Hebrews were to sacrifice the fatty portions of the animals – God took away the unhealthy portion. We get exercise when we sing and pray to God. God takes His portion of praise.
Hebrews 12:13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
God makes straight paths for our feet, but often we get disorganized and distracted and stray from those straight paths. We are pulled by curiosity, sin. But we can come back to God and He makes our paths straight.
Faith teaches us the straight path. Lameness comes when our path is not straight. Stuff is dislocated and we become lame. Movement will cause you to accept the fact that you are lame. But you do not have to be derailed, you can be healed if you make yourself straight, lift up your hands, and bend your knees.
God gives us the option, to stay lame or to be healed – we have the choice. If it took you five years to get unhealthy, why not invest five months towards getting well.
Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
Notice it is to pursue peace with ALL people, not some people,
Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Notice that this verse says IF they would. We have relinquished our ability to get peace for ourselves, when we become bound to our stuff so much that it ends up destroying our happiness. Don’t let our happiness be disposed by anything external to you.
Hebrews 12:15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
Grace is the ability to energize you to overcome. The roots of bitterness defiles you, and causes us to turn away from the Grace of God preventing you to be pure.
The peace movement caused us to believe we could walk peacefully with all men. We can, but often religious fanatics from all doctrines (from muslim, new age, legalistic Christians, skeptics, nonbelievers, etc.) do not permit it. They want to kill or defeat the person who believes differently, or force them into compliance with what they are believing.
When Jesus went into the temple area and the zeal of the Lord came upon Him because of the unholy activities in the Temple area, Jesus did not just lash out. He carefully wove a whip and then lashed out. It was not a rampage, but a targeted action. Look at it from God’s perspective. There were people suffering due to the consequences of sin. They were being oppressed when they went to the Temple to give a sacrifice for the covering of their sins, and that was not God’s plan. There was a demonic presence in that Temple area that needed to be driven out, and demons do not (as pirates do) parley. When a demonic force is terrorizing, it needs to be driven out severely. And a barrier needs to be placed up to prevent it’s return. We cannot compromise with demonic activity.
Praying your Sunday is blessed.
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