I went for a run earlier, and while I was out on the road, I prayed that this post would speak so some people. Some people who have questions and need the right answers. It is usually my intention to teach, and I hope that my posts bless people, but I feel that today God has specific people in mind that need to hear this.
Today we take a look at Hebrews 3. Read the chapter and then take a look at my thoughts below. We start off by reading about Jesus, and that is a very good place to start, as Jesus is the start of everything. Then we read a verse that is partly exciting and a little scary, the second part of verse 6. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ. It is amazing how one word can change a tone of a sentence. IF. There are so many times in scripture where we see a promise from God and then and IF, followed by conditions. Why is this? Is God making us work for our blessings? The short answer is no. You see there are spiritual laws. Not like the 10 commandments, but spiritual laws. In this one, if you keep your courage and remain confident in your hope in Christ, then you are God’s house. That would imply that if you don’t, you’re not. Now I am not teaching works without faith, I am not saying that God’s love is dependant on our actions, I am saying that we have a responsibility. Are you taking your responsibility seriously?
Take a look at verses 12 to 14. 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. 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. 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. Again, more conditions. We are so quick to claim God’s part of the ‘deal’, but do we ever stop to think about ours? People sometimes ask me why we should stop sinning if Jesus has forgiven all of our sins. This is why. We don’t want to give the enemy a stronghold. We do not want to be deceived by sin. We are also called to warn each other about the dangers of sin and unbelief, and that is what I am doing now. Here is the interesting part, not many people will have an issue of the idea about turning away from sin, but what about unbelief? If you’re not sure what unbelief is, it is ANY idea or thought that opposes the word of God. I have spoken about this with regards to healing, but any thought that opposes what we believe to be true from the Bible, is unbelief. God says that He loves you, so when you feel that he doesn’t or if your circumstances suggest that He doesn’t, that is unbelief. Now we all sin, but I’m going to take a guess here and say that most (if not all of us) will struggle with unbelief more so than sin.
I am not going to start preaching about the end of the world, but I don’t believe that we are too far off Jesus returning. Even if we are far from Christ returning, do you know how much longer you’ll be on the earth for? We need to be turning from sin, we need to be moving into what God has called us to, we need to be studying the scriptures and putting these spiritual truths into practice in our lives. Faith comes through hearing and hearing the word of God. Unbelief opposes faith. Yes we need faith, but we need to eliminate unbelief. Take a look at the father who’s boy was delivered by Jesus. He said that he had faith, and asked Jesus to help him with his unbelief. Get rid of unbelief. Jesus then went and told the disciples to fast, which would help them to remove demons like that. Another spiritual law.
God does not need your works to love you. All he needs to save you is for you to ask. He does need our obedience and faith however, in order to use us fully for what He has called us. We will only fully receive what He has in store for us, when we follow Him properly with faith and obedience. This is the mission that I am on, and I would love you to join me.
Let’s do this and do it properly.