Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 28, 2021

“Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace … So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.”

Today’s devotion comes from Hebrews 11:23-26.

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child;  and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.  By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,  considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt;  for he was looking to the reward.”  Hebrews 11:23-26.


There are those who, by flesh, seek a church based on how comfortable the church is, with friends, programs, amenities, and social activities.

But, there are those who, by faith, seek a church based on the doctrines of grace therein.  Even though another church may have everything else, they are repelled by varied and strange teachings in that church.

“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you;  and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings;  for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.  We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.  For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.  So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.  For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.”  Hebrews 13:7-14.

But, there is hope outside the camp, even in the wilderness!

“You led Your people like a flock
By the hand of Moses and Aaron.” Psalm 77:20.

“52 But He led forth His own people like sheep
And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
53 He led them safely, so that they did not fear;
But the sea engulfed their enemies.” Psalm 78:52-53.

“19 You, in Your great compassion,
Did not forsake them in the wilderness;
The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day,
To guide them on their way,
Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.
20 “You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them,
Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth,
And You gave them water for their thirst.
21 “Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want;
Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.” Nehemiah 9:19-21.

“To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting;” Psalm 136:16.


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