Devotional Thought for Today- 9/26/20

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:30-31

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In context, Hebrews 10:26-39 may have many “titles” in your Bibles such as; Christ or Judgment or The Just Live by Faith. But what the real THEME of this passage is the Book of Hebrews most direct and serious waring against Apostasy

Some have claimed that this verse v.30 proves that if one backslides far enough they can loose their salvation. This can only be interpreted so if one takes this out of context and without the Whole Counsel of God.

In John 6:36-38 Jesus himself makes it very clear He will never cast out anyone whom the Father sends to Him. Yet just like the unfaithful and rebellious nation of Israel had to wander in the wilderness as punishment so too there are consequences to a faith that lacks depth. 

The writer quotes Deuteronomy 32:35–36 … vengeance is mine… again in context Israel sin causing God to punish them, again making it abundantly clear God is the same; yesterday, today and for eternity and in His righteousness He shall judge His called out ones (His true believers) even the terribly backslidden. 

Pray God will restore you to His righteousness today. 

 

 

Saturday’s On Track Military Devotional

Apostasy is defined as a falling away, a withdrawal, a defection from ones beliefs. It is that very thing the writer of Hebrews warns about here today. We all understand that God reveals Himself as He wills and in the measure He chooses to each individual Romans 12:3, Ephesians 4:7. It is the fool who thinks he is mature enough and does not need ongoing learning in the Word Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. – Mike

 

Being a Baby

Hebrews 5:11-6:20

Have you ever tried to explain something to someone who should have been able to understand what you were saying, but he did not get it? He didn’t get it even though the expectation was that he should have had information which would enable him to understand. In this passage, the author of Hebrews faces this same challenge. He expresses in verse eleven, a desire to share more fully, but slowness of learning prohibits him from doing so. Why? They had not been growing in their walks with God and were still babies. They just could not understand. It was not because it was difficult or complicated, as some might say, but because they had failed to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word. By this point they should have been teachers, but were still spiritual babies. Where are you in your walk with God? Does your pastor have to talk simply to you because you have not grown in your faith and in knowledge? How much have you grown spiritually since you trusted Christ? If you are still a baby, and can’t understand God’s truths, what do you need to do to in order to grow as God desires? Who can help you?


Today’s Questions
Say What?
Why do so many Christians fail to grow in their walks with God?
So What?
How can we begin to consistently grow in our walks with God?
Now What?
How can you grow in your understanding of His Word?
Then What?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?


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The Greater Sin: Are There Degrees of Sin?

A thought provoking article from my friend Pastor and professor Bob Gonzales.

Are there degrees of sin? The simple answer to that question is “yes.” Jesus himself acknowledged degrees of sin when He said to Pilate, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin” (John 19:11). In light of Christ’s words, we must acknowledge degrees of sin. However, we must also beware of drawing unbiblical conclusions from this truth.

In the article below, I want to examine the Bible’s teaching on degrees of sin. We will note that the Scriptures treat all human sin as serious. Nevertheless, some sins are more serious than others. Moreover, we will give some space to consider the most egregious sin, namely, the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Before we launch into our study, though, I would like to describe and refute the Roman Catholic distinction between “mortal” and “venial” sins.1

Continued at Source: The Greater Sin

Beware of Apostasy

Deuteronomy 13“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams…says, ‘Let us go after other gods’…you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams”(vv. 1–3).

Advanced technology has brought many benefits in the form of easier travel and communications. It is now relatively easy for those of us in the West to go anywhere in the world. Thus we can easily keep ourselves up to date on world events and what is going on in the lives of our friends and family who live far away. Yet there has been a downside to this progress. Television lets us see what is happening in other countries, but it also lets false teaching from Mormons, New Age gurus, and the health-and-wealth gospel into our homes. The Internet allows us to do research with greater ease and speed, but it exposes us to misinformation as well. In our day, aberrant teaching is far too accessible to people across the globe. Erroneous teaching has been a problem for the covenant community from almost the very beginning. We read in today’s passage the warning Moses gave the people of Israel about false prophets just before the nation entered the land of Canaan. Even if the person who claims to speak for God is able to do great signs, Moses says, the people are not to follow the “prophet” if he wants to worship other gods (Deut. 13:1–3). The priority of sound teaching is a principle that we find throughout Scripture. As fallen human beings we are normally inclined to follow the gifted and charismatic teacher. The Lord, however, places a priority on the truth, not the abilities of the instructor. People might do great things, but they are never to be followed into the service of a different god. In fact, even if an angel himself were to preach another gospel, we must never follow it (Gal. 1:8–9). A teacher whose message consistently fails to line up with the essential doctrines of the Word of God must be rejected. False teaching is dangerous to the Lord’s people because it can lead people into apostasy. An apostate is one who has committed the deadly sin of professing faith in the one, true creator God and then later denying His profession. The problem of apostasy was so bad in ancient Israel that the Lord eventually brought the curse of exile upon the nation. Let us beware of error lest we too succumb and suffer the same fate (Rev. 2:12–17).
Coram deo: Living before the face of God
Of course, we realize that anyone who abandons Christ did not ever have saving faith to begin with (1 John 2:19). Nevertheless, this truth should not make us complacent; rather, it should encourage us to demonstrate the reality of our faith and pursue earnestly the truths of God that we may “inherit the promises” (Heb. 6:11–12). Take time today to pray for your soul, asking the Lord to keep you in the truth and preserve your faith until the end. For further study: Jeremiah 2
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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 15 May

APOSTATES

Demas hath forsaken me – 2 Timothy 4:10

Them that are turned back from the Lord – Zephaniah 1:6

They went out from us, but they were not of us – 1 John 2:9

It is far easier to write a book of apostates in this age than a book of martyrs. – John Trapp

None can be termed apostates, but such as have previously made a profession of Christ – John Calvin

None sink so far into hell as those that come nearest to heaven, because they fall from the greatest height. – William Gurnall

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 26 February

p-day-byAPOSTASY

 A falling away – 2 Thessalonians 2:3

 Whatsoever {whosoever*} begins in hypocrisy will end in apostasy. – Richard Sibbes

 Apostasy is a perversion to evil after a seeming conversion from it. – Timothy Cruso

 Indifference in religion is the first step to apostasy from religion. – William Secker

* my edit

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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