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A New Grip

When you are trying to grip something for a long period of time, you start to lose your grip and need to take a new grip. With my problematic hands, I often need to re-grip items. In Hebrews, the author writes to “take a new grip with your tired hands.” The word “tired” actually can be translated to “paralyzed.”

Why would your hands be paralyzed? Why would your knees be weak? Earlier in the passage, the author speaks of how God disciplines His children. Discipline seems horrible at the moment, but it produces righteousness (v. 11). We do not simply undergo the discipline, but we submit to it and as a result we share in God’s holiness. God disciplines us because He loves us.

The hands were tired and the knees were weak because there was no endurance in faith. They were tired from the burden of sin. They were focused on the world rather than God. They were not looking to the Holy Spirit for help, not being intentional with their faith. When you do not have an active prayer life, you are paralyzed. When you are not reading and hearing the Word (reading your Bible and attending church), you are paralyzed. You cannot do life alone. Today take a new grip. Strengthen those hands and knees.

“So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.” – Hebrews 12:12 [NLT]

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Check Your Connections

When I was trying to print up a lesson I created for Sunday School, I found myself having some difficulty. Sometimes my printer can be a bit temperamental and I have to do a system reboot. Three times I tried to print the lesson and nothing was working. I took a step back and realized that I missed something very important. I had put the printer cable into the wrong slot. It was a connection issue.

We can have this same issue with God if we aren’t actively engaged in a relationship with Him. If we neglect His Word and do not have an active prayer life, we are not properly connected to Him. If we ignore His Spirit and defy His commands, we are not properly connected to Him.

At times we have something in life not working properly. When it happens, take a step back and check your connection. Are you communing with God? Have you gone in another direction? In life, you will find yourself either moving closer to Christ or moving away from Christ. There is no standing still.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14 [NIV]

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