Deeply Rooted in Hebrews 11

I love God’s divine timing in this week’s focus being Hebrews 11. As so many of us in this area head ‘back to school’, the transition of a new season is felt by everyone. And while emotions are high, the reality of our lack of control is evident. And that struggle is real.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

Hebrews 11:1

So while we must have faith in ALL the things and trust Him with ALL the things, what we cannot see often bears the most fruit. The Lord has laid Ephesians 3:14-21 on my heart so powerfully over the past several weeks that it have become my continuous prayer as we enter into this new season.

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21

I pray that we are deeply rooted in His love. Yet, like the evidence of faith, the roots aren’t visible. The roots remain unseen yet provide the strength, stability, foundation, and nutrients to survive a storm, transition into a new season, and produce growth and flourish! So while we can pray for good days and provision, let’s boldly pray for deep roots! Let’s be a people of faith that moves and loves with eternity as our direction and union with Jesus as our motive.

Holy Barre Update! And Hebrews 10

So this week I encourage you to listen or watch the message through the video link below! Not only is there such good truth in Hebrews 10, but we also have lots to share about Holy Barre and opportunities to burn bright in the coming weeks! Will you please consider joining us?!

For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,

“This is the new covenant I will make

with my people on that day, says the Lord:

I will put my laws in their hearts,

and I will write them on their minds.”

Hebrews 10:14-16

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10:23-25

Here’s this week’s workout as well . . .grab your light hand weights and a ball (or pillow) for this full-body faith-filled opportunity to burn bright!

Hebrews 8 & 9 – Freedom & Worship!

As we continue our focus on the book of Hebrews, Chapters 8 & 9 are so awesome! While the first chapters made the case for Christ and proved His power and position as High Priest, chapters 8 & 9 address the ‘Good News’ of Jesus!

But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.

Hebrews 8:6 NLT

Chapter 8 describes the new covenant we have through Jesus while chapter 9 shares how a lifestyle of intimate worship is now available. I love these two verses from chapter 9:

“By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use.

. . . For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.”

Hebrews 9:8, 15 NLT

So let’s move forward in a posture of freedom and worship!

Jesus, who is greater than angels, greater than Moses, greater than any priest is now seated on the throne as our High Priest and Savior. And this same power dwells in our soul to give us freedom and union with Him through the Spirit. May we be moved in worship and prayer and love! Approaching the throne of grace with confidence!

Worship is our weapon. So we stand in a posture of praise and prayer, wearing the full armor of God and standing firm on holy ground. We’re firmly rooted and grounded in love, dancing to the rhythms of His grace! Worship is our lifestyle!

Grab your light weights, some water, and a space to move as we worship and workout together! The playlist is Holy Barre #Hebrews07, found on Spotify.

Hebrews 7

Hebrews 7 is quite a chapter and one that reads more like my business law class as it makes the case for Jesus being greater than Melchizedek. Now for those of us living under the New Covenant through Christ, we probably don’t get the weight of this conversation. But for the initial audience of Hebrews, those who grew up living under the Law and believing Moses, Abraham, and Melchizedek were the greatest humans who ever walked the earth, Jesus’ teaching, death, and resurrection blew their minds!

For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. . . The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.

Hebrews 7:19,28

While we didn’t grow up during the Old Testament, we still today can quickly grab hold of our own laws, rules, and expectations we’ve made for ourselves. We cling to this sense of control in order to find security and stability and boundaries. But Jesus . . .

But Jesus came so we can find our security and stability in His love alone. Within His boundaries of truth and righteousness, we’ll live in the grace, peace and freedom for which He gave His life!

Side note: Some bible scholars believe Melchizedek may have actually been the Son of God. And, as it says in scripture, the name Melchizedek means King of Righteousness, and he was the King of Salem (or Peace). Pretty cool how God the Father has authored such a powerful and detailed story of love and restoration.

While I encourage you to read Hebrews 7 in a few different translations and meditate on His Word, I’d like to jump over to the book of Matthew. While Hebrews 7 is full of truth and detail, I believe the words of Jesus below carry the main message of ‘but Jesus is the greatest High Priest forever because He came for us.’

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

So while we can focus on faith, obedience, truth, grace, peace, and even key passages of the Bible, the ultimate goal is keeping company with Him and living freely and lightly! It’s complete union with God.

So each day, let’s ‘approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we can receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ (Hebrews 4:16). Every day and every moment, our High Priest in seated and ready for us!

Hebrews 6

I invite you to watch the introduction to this workout and focus on the scripture below. While my prayer is that you find yourselves moving to this entire video, may the Lord connect with you where you are! And join us for our next Bible Reading Plan, Jesus: The Better Priest, which starts on Sunday, July 10.

We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us.

Hebrews 6:18b-20

Join us as we worship and workout together! Whether you’re boldly believing His promises or struggling with doubt and pain, we can approach the throne of grace with confidence. Join us, just as you are!

Grab light hand weights and a small ball (or pillow) if you have one handy.

Hebrews 5 – Keep It Simple

There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 

Heberws 5:11-12

Not a ‘feel good’ start, but one I pray gets our attention. 🙂 Because that was the author’s goal in writing this portion of Hebrews. We too often get caught up in the knowledge and lose sight of the simple truth and grace of Jesus. With all that’s going on in our world today, there are plenty of opportunities to gnaw of a tough piece of meat for hours and waste your energy on proving and confirming your personal beliefs. Yet our Lord encourages us to have a childlike faith and just eat the baby food sometimes.

I can so easily fall into the trap of searching for knowledge or desiring to understand that I lose sight of my simple need to stand firm on holy ground and move to the rhythms of His grace. I undervalue the command to ‘be still and know that I am God.’ And to be honest, I have had season of my life when I was ‘spiritually dull and didn’t seem to listen.’ But I know I’m not the only one!

For the American church as a whole, it breaks my heart to see some speak out in a way that affirms a spiritual dullness and lack of listening. We must ask ourselves some tough questions, similar to what’s stated in Hebrews. Where is the love? Where is the truth and grace lived out? If we as believers would come around those in need, love and support them, and truly live out the gospel in their lives, I feel like some hot topics in our culture and government would being playing out differently. I know I’ve failed to do so too. But we need Christ because we’re all broken – we’re all sinners and saints. We need biblical community, like what so many of us find locally through Holy Barre, to encourage and challenge each other. We must humble ourselves and just drink the milk and eat the baby food. And savor it . . .

As always and every day, our God responds in love, seated on the throne, ready to provide the truth, grace, love, power, forgiveness, comfort, grace and mercy (Hebrews 4:16). Living in love and moving forward in truth and grace requires daily dependence on Him. We seek, abide, remain, and connect . . . and LISTEN! Oh, Lord, help us to listen to You, to Your Spirit, and to Your people.

As we focus on Hebrews Chapter 5 this week, let’s use this workout to be fed with the simple truth and grace of our High Priest. May we find nourishment and strength in our King. Grab your water, light weights, and gliders of any kind (if you have them).

Hebrews 3 & 4

Whether you are relaxing at a beach resort with your husband or trying to quickly get two crazy kids ready for bed or spending way too much time on the phone and at a car shop navigating vehicle repairs, the Lord desires for you to find rest in Him. And the past two weeks have provided me the opportunity to experience it all!

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.

Hebrews 3:1

We experience His rest through faith. Faith in Jesus as greater than the angels, greater than any priest, greater than Moses. Hebrews 1-3 presents the case to remind us of Jesus’ power and supremacy. Hebrews 4 also reminds us of the power found in His Word. Jesus is greater than all. There is nothing hidden from God. His Word and Spirit are alive and active in us. And through our faith, we can rest in the Lord alone. Regardless of our circumstances, we can find peace and joy beyond understanding in Christ!

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:12-13

The most beautiful closing to this portion of Scripture and gospel truth overall is found in verse 16. So knowing and believing ALL of this about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, He invites us to approach His throne with ALL we are – the good, the bad, and the ugly. And as we pursue Him with confidence, we’ll receive mercy, grace, and help!

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

hebrews 4:16

So as we move our bodies in worship, may our breathing and posture communicate our faith, rest, and confidence in our High Priest and King of Kings. Once again, flow with this scripture, Hebrews 4:16, as many times as your spirit needs.

Hebrews 2 – Don’t Drift This Summer

While moving through a barre workout, it’s normal to relax your posture. It’s tough to be intentional about our core and alignment and movement the entire time. But we need to so we don’t get injured, maximum the experience, and stayed engaged.

Hebrews 2 begins with a similar message of spiritual truth.

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

Hebrews 2:1

Whether it’s on a raft in a pool or how we spend our day, it’s easy to drift away in the summer. We can easily shift our attention and little by little, let the current of our culture move us in another direction and just ‘go with the flow’. Yet shifting our gaze to the truth of scriptures and being obedient in our posture helps us so ‘we don’t get injured, maximum the experience, and stayed engaged,’ as I stated above.

A little example of this is a couple nights ago I realized I’d drifted. Not a major deal but it really got my attention. Each night before I go to bed, I go into each of my children’s room to pray over them. This spring I developed some pretty intentional prayers based upon their seasons and discussions we’ve had. This week I’ve noticed my nightly prayers are pretty short and sweet. I’m not saying my prayers will change the outcome of my kids’ summers, but I do know my prayers reflect my attention towards their relationship with the Lord. And as I left my child’s room, it was as if the Spirit said, ‘let’s pay attention, Mama!’

This is the design for Hebrews 2:1 as a temporary tattoo.

Dwell Differently is a super cool organization focused on scripture memory. Each month they provide a verse, temporary tattoo, card, key chain, devotional, art, etc for that verse, utilizing the first leader of each word to assist in scripture memory. And yes, this month’s is Hebrews 2:1. This prayer they provided is too good not to share:

Mostly, we don’t run and bolt,
We just drift . . .
We put off for later,
Have so many things,
Get out of the habit,
Stare at the screen.
Much more the danger-
to drift unaware.
Rise, oh sleeper!
Pick up your oars.
Recall your first Love,
And be restored.

Join us for the below workout, and let’s pay attention as we savor the summer. We’ll only burn as bright as we let Him!

Hebrews 1

Whew!  Between a mass shooting at an elementary school and one at an orthopedic hospital in OK, my heart is especially heavy and my soul shaken.  Hugging my crew even tighter and clinging even more tightly to the truth of Hebrews Chapter 1. 

This summer in Holy Barre, we’re slowly going through the book of Hebrews, savoring one chapter a week.  This week’s truths provide our firm foundation as we move forward in a broken world. Action is needed. Change is needed. Love is needed. Light is needed. Let’s burn bright, better together!

Jesus shines in the darkness, bringing His truth to light. And while we don’t understand the happenings of our world, He remains on the throne of the Kingdom to which we truly belong.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

hebrews 1:3

The Lord is just and righteous. He hates wickedness and mourns with us, while also providing joy beyond understanding.

But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

Hebrews 1:8-9

So let’s move our bodies, hearts, minds, and souls towards His light and love, reflecting His radiance. Let’s draw near to His Spirit and pursue the things of the Lord. It’ll make us uncomfortable. It’ll stir us to action. It’ll cause change. And it’ll be for His glory alone.

Confidence in His Strength

As we kick off summer, let us celebrate the truth and power of Hebrews 4:16.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so we can receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

Starting next week we’ll be reading the book of Hebrews, one chapter per week. Let’s savor the scripture as we savor all things summer. Kick things off with this workout to burn bright, better together!

To access our Holy Barre Summer Calendar, click here. To get further connected, email info@holybarre.org to join our GroupMe or ask for more info.