Focused Thoughts

Hebrews 3:1  “Therefore brothers and sisters who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus whom we acknowledge as our apostle and our high priest.”  First of all, you have a heavenly calling. God is calling you higher into the unseen and often impossible world of the supernatural.  Here, He (God) tells us to fix our thoughts on Jesus.  Imagine how different life would be if your thoughts were fixed on Jesus.  A lot of the time it’s our thinking that gets us in trouble.  We think about something that makes us mad, now we are mad.  We think about temptation long enough and now we are entirely enticed into doing it.  Imagine how different your life would be if your thoughts were fixed, immoveable, on Jesus.  Bring Jesus into all of the stories that your brain is imagining.  When you hear that you can’t do something, your High Priest says “uh, yes you can, you can do all things through Christ.”  Or depression is trying to creep in and Jesus tells you that He has given you His joy and peace.  You have the mind of Christ when you fix your thoughts on Him.  So fix your thoughts on Jesus today, and watch your day become entirely brilliant.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

God’s House

Hebrews 3:6 “But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”

Jesus is over God’s house, in other words He is in charge of His church.  Now there is no greater Leader in the universe, so whatever He has set up to rule must be important.  The church.  And it says we are His house, but then it says “if”.  If what?  If indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”  Why would we need to hold firmly in order to stay part of God’s house?  Well, because the world and Satan do not want you to be in God’s house.  Satan knows in God’s house you will have an opportunity to worship God with your church family, and then hear the word of God, and this scares him.  It is at the House of God that we find rest.  We are learning to love despite our differences and hurts. We are reminded to keep trying, keep loving, keep growing and keep planting deeper.  Let us hold firmly, let us remain in Christ, under the greatest ruler and protecter in the universe.  Amen.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

The Body of Christ

Acts 8:3 says that “Saul was trying to destroy the church.”  Well that isn’t okay with Jesus so He steps in.  In the very next chapter Jesus catches up with Saul and asks him, “Saul Saul, why do you persecute me?”  Now Jesus has already been crucified, and here He shows us that attacking the church was the same as persecuting Him.  The church is Christ’s body, so Jesus is like “Hey, leave my body alone.” Jesus visits Saul to stop this and turns Saul to the right team. Saul becomes Paul, one of the greatest of the Apostles.  You see, in those early days Jesus was tending to His church, protecting her.  He considers His church part of himself.  Is it different now?  Of course it isn’t.  Jesus is in love with the local church, it is His body, and also His bride.  He is married to the church and protective of her.  Paul spent the rest of his days planting and growing churches, instead of destroying them.  Let us have that same heart.  Let’s learn to value the local church the same way Christ does: let’s be careful to remember to speak positive about her, and to bring positive things to her, after all we are the church if we can learn to remain.

Pastor Jason Anderson

Living Word Bible Church Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

Rest

Numbers 10:33 “So they set out from the mountain of the LORD and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.” This scripture tells us something about Jesus’ crucifixion.  Jesus is the ark of the covenant that went ahead of us and after three days He rose from the dead.  In this passage, we see one of the reasons that Jesus gave it all for us. He went before us to find us a place of rest.  Now, who couldn’t use a little rest?  Raise your hand if you just need a break! I know right!?  Ok, so how do I get into this rest?  Where is it?  Is it the spa?  My couch? Ephesians 2 tells us that God raise us up to sit together with Christ as his body, the church.  Sitting is a position of rest.  Christ has won.  The place of rest is God’s House.  When you finish a hard day at work, you just want to go home and rest.  It’s the same after a tough week in this world.  We return to our home, the church.  Are you tired?  Weary?  Follow Christ right to His house, the church of the Living God.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee