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The Just Shall Die in Faith – VIII

these all died in faith, not having received the promise, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, ……., and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”  Hebrews 11:13

And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have opportunity to have returned.” Hebrews 11:15

It is hard to stand out, and to be different. In this day and age we all want to fit in. We want to belong; and to be accepted!   There is pressure to confirm;  a pressure to be like the rest of the world!! We see in Hebrews 11, these pilgrims and strangers declare they look for  a better country. Had these  pilgrims dwelt on all the good things they had left behind, that might have stirred their hearts to return to their country they came from.

This idea of  “being mindful,is to remember by rehearsing  with fondness! If they had the idea of “all the good things” they had left behind that might have stirred their hearts. We have an example in the Scripture of this sort. The children of Israel in their Journey across the wilderness. With the mixed multitude among them they lusted – “who shall give us flesh to eat. Everyday we are eating this mana from heaven, we are sick and tired of it.” they said, “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumber, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions and the Garlick.” Numbers 11:5

How quickly they forgot that they were delivered from slavery and on their way to the promise land? Yes, they began to be mindful of the country they came out!  The people in Numbers 11 were focusing into those things that the world offered to them to the satisfaction of the flesh.  Delivered from ruin and destruction how often the flesh flares up and the temptation arises to go back to the old way of life!      On the other hand the People in Hebrews 11 pondered on those eternal truths! These  were eager and even forceful to express they are strangers and pilgrims on the earth, in that they have no plans to assimilate, they had no plan to settle in! Just travelling through! In that they make no bones that they are not like other people! yes, they make no effort to adjust or to confirm! 

Satan’s greatest strategy is to make us feel too comfortable,!  As much comfortable as we can  and to make us forget our past! And to let us put our feet deep down here: our home, our car, our bank account, anchoring us to this old world!  Beloved, as we focus on the good things of this world we will lose interest in the world to come.  The more Satan could cause us to be mindful of this country.  the more we loose to think of Matthew 6:33, ” …. seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added on you.”       Now, it is obvious we have to work, and work hard to provide for our family; and to share what we have with others, with those in need. We do not work to hold a big account in the Bank! Yes, we have to  maintain our house, to keep it warm in the night; but not make it more and more expensive! 

The Believer should be heavenly minded person.  because you are a heavenly citizen! “ if ye then be risen with Christ seek those things which are above… set your affections on things above and not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1-2   If we are not mindful of the country we came out of and desire a better country we will be defeated and discouraged, and look backward and even quit!! 

What does your life declare Christian?  What are you mindful about?  Do you focus on the promises of God?, and in the provisions of God? , and are you  content in them?  It is all about your heart! Whether you are in danger of returning  to the very  bondage you are delivered!! 

Friend, you can not compromise without becoming the victim                     of evil!!

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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