Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Be Careful. . .Faithful. . .Trusting Firmly in Christ

Heb. 3:12-15a
12 "Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 15 Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts. . . ."

This world is swirling around you with false claims and intimidation to get you to turn eyes away from faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and King of you life. It wants you to make It king but it tries to tell you that you would be making you ruler over your own life. Like political promises at election time, the world blatantly lies to you. The sad thing is, that just like those politicians whom we KNOW are lying (because they always do) we also KNOW the world is lying to us but we feel the tug and are vulnerable to its pull nevertheless.

The Writer to the first century Hebrew Christians cautioned them against that vulnerability to the evil and unbelieving world that was turning weakened believers away from faith. The same is true for us today. We must be strong in our praying, strong in our Bible reading, strong in mutually upholding other believers against this evil pressure being deceived by sin and then becoming hardened again against God. Our call is to be faithful to the end. The promise of God is that HE will provide all we need in order that we can be faithful to the end by trusting Him continuously.

The voice of God happens in ways we might miss because it may NOT grant us things we asked for in selfishness or in error. It might caution us against some of our wants and desires because God knows the harm potential those things hold for us. The bottom line for our faith to remain strong is that we must determine to trust in God regardless of what happens from day to day. We know, in the end, HE will reign and we will rule together with Him because "we will share in all that belongs to Christ."

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