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Strengthen your heart with Jesus’ grace…today!

“To go where you’ve never gone,  
you have to do what you’ve never done.”
January 2018

Hello,

Please join us here in a short devotional on how to strengthen your heart with Jesus’ grace. His grace is our free gift and available to you today!
We’re also excited to tell you about a shift in focus for our 20-day Teen Courses. You can read more on that below…
Thank you so much for your support and donations for SROM, SROM’s staff and students in 2017.
Have a blessed New Year,
Andrew Arnold
SROM Executive Director

Let Our Hearts be Strengthened by Grace!

by Andrew Arnold
In the concluding chapter of Hebrews the author writes a series of exhortations to God’s people. It is a beautiful piece of holy writing that sets forth a series of final statements to instruct the author’s audience and the body of Christ as a whole.
If you haven’t read the whole chapter before, pause and spend time reading it and allow the Holy Spirit to highlight Jesus.

What struck me recently was the truth and wisdom that “it is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.”  
The author is not referring to our actual physical heart but rather the place of our soul and spirit that communes with and exchanges the life and Spirit of Jesus.
It is the same heart Jesus refers to in John 14:27b when the disciples learn He is leaving and Jesus tells them, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
If you are like me, there are times and seasons when my heart can be troubled, fearful, grow weary, become feeble, is tempted, can grow cold or even become hardened.
In these moments or seasons the temptation can often be one of two extremes. The first is to fix myself. If I can only put more effort into changing by stopping a behavior or redirecting my thoughts or adjusting my attitude, my heart will be better.
The second is to do nothing. This response is one of apathy and resignation.  The sentiment is one of “Why try? What will it matter? I can’t do anything.”
Both extremes are dependent on my actions and human willpower.  Neither is good and helpful to strengthen my heart.
The author of Hebrews recognized that human efforts to strengthen our hearts and grow as children of God and disciples of Christ was wasted time, energy and focus.
It is a form of religious duty that replaces the grace of God with external human efforts.
In the whole verse of Hebrews 13:9 we are exhorted: “Do not be led away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.”
It was not uncommon in the early church for false teachings, human traditions or historical religious practices to upstage and lead astray followers of Jesus who were living a radical new way of life that didn’t require human efforts “to get good before you get God.”
The remedy for a troubled, weak, feeble, hurting heart is not my own inadequate efforts but rather a wholly complete and radical grace: the unmerited, undeserved, unearned mercy, kindness, love, compassion and goodness of God expressed in His Son Jesus!
Is your heart troubled, weak, tempted, hurting, broken, anxious, fearful, cold, bitter or hard?
There is a medicine: the love of God, given freely through the grace of Jesus.
 
The amazing reality is that you only have to receive this grace to experience the goodness and strength it gives. I want to encourage you today to simply ask Jesus to strengthen your heart with His grace and then freely receive that grace.
20/20 Teen Courses are Shifting Focus

Our teens are growing up in a culture that has abandoned God and godly values. They’re constantly bombarded with post-modern thinking and distracted by technology. And even those who want to follow Jesus are being pulled in all directions by busy lives.
More than ever before we see the need for teens to not just be discipled, but to be developed as leaders. To be leaders in their schools, in their youth groups, in their jobs and in their families.
We’re shifting the focus of our 20/20 Boys and Girls Teen Courses starting in 2018. We’re committed to help raise up the next generation of Christian leaders, and we believe the wilderness is one of the best places to do that.
Are you a teen? Are you the parent of a teen? Or do you know a teen who is looking for a life-changing, deep wilderness experience? Who longs to be mentored as a leader to impact this generation for God’s Kingdom?
We encourage you to look into the 20/20 Girls Teen Course or the 20/20 Boys Teen Course.
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