You make creation subject to you by responding in faith to the gospel message, allowing God's word judge your thoughts, praying with confidence to received mercy and grace, offering prayers with tears to learn obedience,
studying God's word to learn good from evil, being diligent to help His people and waiting patiently to receive His promise.
Respond in Faith to Gospel Message
Be careful not to fall short of the promise in entering God's rest. The gospel message was of no value to Israel because they did not respond in faith. They did not enter into rest (Psalm 95:5,11). God finished His work since creating the world and resting on the seventh day. Disobedience to the gospel prevented Israel from entering His rest. David said to not harden one's heart when hearing His voice. A person who entered God's Sabbath rested from his work (Heb. 4:1-11). Respond in faith to the gospel message so you enter God's rest.
Allow God's Word Judge Your Thoughts
The word of God was living, active and sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrated to the dividing of soul and spirit to judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Everything was uncovered and laid bare before God's eyes (Heb. 4:12-13). Allow the living and active word of God judge your thoughts.
Pray in Confidence to Receive Grace
Hold firmly to faith because of Jesus, the Son of God. As the high priest, He sympathized with weaknesses since He was tempted in every way like humankind, except without sin. Approach the throne of grace with confidence to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:14-16). Pray with confidence to receive grace in time of need since He was tempted like you without sin.
Offer Prayers with Tears to Learn Obedience
High priests offered sacrifices for sins and dealt gently with the ignorant and those who went astray. Jesus was a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. On earth, Jesus offered up prayers with tears to God who could save Him from death and was heard because of His reverent submission. Jesus learned obedience from what He suffered and once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obeyed Him (Heb. 5:1-10). Offer prayers with tears to learn obedience from suffering and receive eternal salvation.
Study God's Word to Learn Good from Evil
They needed someone to teach them milk or the elementary truths of God's word, not solid food, because they were slow to learn. Those who lived on milk as an infant were not acquainted with righteousness. Solid food was for the mature who trained themselves constantly to distinguish good from evil. They were to leave the elementary teachings about Christ and pursue maturity, not laying the foundation of repentance from acts that led to death, faith in God, instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment (Heb. 5:11-6:3). Study God's word to learn good from evil.
Be Diligent to Help God's People
It was impossible for those who once been enlightened and tasted the heavenly gift, Holy Spirit, goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance because they subject Him to public disgrace. Land that produced thorns and thistles was worthless, in danger of being cursed and burned. The author was confident of things that accompanied salvation. God was not unjust and did not forget their work and love shown Him as they continued to help His people. The author wanted them to always be diligent, make their hope sure and imitate those who through faith and patience inherited what had been promised (Heb. 6:4-12). Be diligent to help God's people in demonstrating faith.
Wait Patiently to Receive God's Promise
After God promised Abraham descendants and blessings, he waited patiently to receive it. God confirmed His promise with an oath to make it unchangeable. This hope was the anchor of their souls, firm and secure. Jesus went behind the curtain and entered the inner sanctuary to go before them. He became the high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 6:13-20). Wait patiently to receive God's promise as the firm anchor of your soul.
Which of the following will you apply to make creation subject to you:
1. Respond in faith to the gospel message
2. Allow God's word judge your thoughts
3. Pray with confidence to received mercy and grace
4. Offer prayers with tears to learn obedience
5. Study God's word to learn good from evil
6. Be diligent to help His people
7. Wait patiently to receive His promise