Hebrews 3:7-19 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, (8) Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: (9) When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. (10) Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. (11) So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) (12) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (13) But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (14) For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; (15) While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. (16) For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. (17) But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? (18) And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? (19) So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
This came from Jim Sadler my friend and fellow servant: How strange is the course that a Christian must steer, How perplexed is the path he must tread; The hope of his happiness rises from fear, And his life he receives from the dead, His fairest pretensions must wholly be waived and his best resolutions be crossed; nor can he expect to be perfectly saved till he finds himself utterly lost. When all this is done and his heart is assured of the total remission of sins, When his pardon is signed and his peace is secured From that moment his conflict begins.
And so I begin a new week thinking of the opportunities of serving the Lord that I have missed because of misconceived notions of the perplexities of the Christian life. The idea of being saved is neither an easy consideration or is it a simple ‘say this little prayer with me’ event. Being saved is best understood as one drowning, going down for the last time and grasping one last time before being lost forever! Suddenly you realize that you have been saved! You are not going to die and the one who saved you merits your soul’s best praise!!
Yet to the typical ‘Christian’ today there is no praise to the one who saved them. It is if there is hardly any acknowledgment of the cost paid to save you. There is a disconnect in a person’s life when they believe that being saved means that they ‘aren’t going to Hell’ and that sums up their hope and responsibly. The thought that we are no longer our own, that we ‘have been bought with a price’ and we are to ‘glorify God in our spirit and our bodies’ I Corinthians 6:20 is not even a consideration. We somehow act as if we are our own and that we choose when, where, and how we will ‘serve the Lord’ which is clearly not teaching from the Word of God.
So, one ‘gets saved’, ‘gets baptized’ and then ‘gets to go to Heaven’….No thought of what God demands of those whom He calls, Sanctifies, and ‘…Predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son… that he might be the first born among many brethren….’ Romans 8:29 what then, may I ask, separates the Church from the rest of society? Is it that we who have this ‘free ticket to Heaven’ have won some sort of Spiritual Lottery that allows us free entrance into the presence of God Almighty and His Angels to dwell with them throughout eternity, or is it in reality: ‘the total remission of sins, When his pardon is signed and his peace is secured From that moment his conflict begins?’
Are you involved in this eternal conflict for the souls of mankind, or are you satisfied with a cottage below, a little silver and a little gold…
For me…Lead me on to the fight Lord Jesus! I am Yours Lord everything I am and everything I’m not, Try me now and see if I’m not completely yours!!!
Come join in with me till Jesus comes! Bro. Wayne