Quotes and Notes for the Day
DRIFTING ! III
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” Hebrews 2:1
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Hebrew believers exhorting them, “ … not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some, but exhorting one another : and so much more as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 ” Forsaking the House of God” is an outstanding cause of and proof that a christian is drifting. The metaphor for this could be said to be of a boat slipping its moorings and drifting away, caught in the currents it was tied against. This spiritual drifting is the result of neglecting the priorities set by the calling of the believer into the kingdom of God, just as a boat will drift away if it is not tied securely.
Why would a Christians forsake the house of God? It is because they have lost the warmth of their first love for Christ. “ ….. thou hast left thy first love….” Revelation 2:4. Here is the crux of the matter, merely living a decent life, is not living for Christ, but for ourselves. How often do you hear some say, “I can be just as good a Christian and stay at home.” The one who says that shows they are lazy, selfish, and disobedient Christians – if they are a Christian at all.
Now,if a father or mother forsake their family, or if a soldier forsakes his line of duty, they are guilty. If a Christian forsakes his duty, they are guilty before God. We forsake the House of God when we could go, but do not. Almost any excuse is good enough to keep many away! Whereas an obedient Christian is glad to attend every service he possibly can- Sunday morning, Sunday evening, mid week prayer meetings, etc. He rejoices, and grows, and bears fruit.
A crippled old lady who hobbled along on two canes, was asked how she managed to get to the church so regularly. She replied “My heart gets there first, and my old crippled legs follow after.” Many Christians are just the opposite. They have good legs, and even automobiles, but their hearts are crippled, and when they are asked what they had ever done since they joined the church, they could not say much more. The condescended to make a confession of their faith and They contributed nothing to the inward prosperity or to the outward extension of the church. On the contrary they give the enemies of the Christ occasion to criticize and blaspheme. Christian friend, Don’t drift. don’t forsake the assembling. “Thou shalt be missed, because thy seats will be empty.” 1st Samuel 20:18. God knows you need to assemble, and others need the help of your example and encouragement.
To be continued………………..
From the Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour!!
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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)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.