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July 12, 2016, 6:38 AM

Drifting Away....


Let us Never Forget Where the Blood found us.....

Serving Jesus is the most rewarding choice you will ever make in your life, the benefits are eternal. In times it can also be challenging and hard to stay motivated. However we have to know and understand that God is always with us, and that He is always in control. The Bible tells us that we are to not get tired of serving God, that if we will continue doing it that in His timing we will reap the benefits, meaning you will be blessed but you have to stick to it.

I have a few friends on Facebook we like to go Kayaking and just this past weekend I saw many friends went on a tubing trip and they spent there Saturday drifting down the Catawba River, an enjoyable day with friends. Who doesn't love a great day on the lake. But, I got to thinking about this thing......

To use this as an illustration, This is pretty close to our relationship with God.... Many of us accept Him as our savior, we choose to serve Him and become active in our churches and are running full speed doing His work.... and then. A bump in the road happens, an obstacle, we face something at some point and we become weary. It could be as simple as leading a group at church and a lack of attendance bums us out and we are ready to throw in the towel, or it could be we get hurt by someone, or we face a loss in our lives and loose desire. There are many things that we could face, but no matter what life brings we have to stay focused and always look to Him for guidance.

We often also find ourselves back in our desires for the things that we have been delivered from. Lets just make a honest statement here... Sin is Fun...(or no one would be doing it) and if it wasn't Jesus would have to tell us not to do it!

We need to hold on to the one who saved us, and stay close to Him who has delivered us from the things that once entangled us (sin). Sometimes like my friend who like to drift down the river, Christians drift away from God back toward the world. When you find yourself doing this, remember where the Blood of Jesus found you, what you were delivered from, and the wonderful feeling that it brings you to serve Jesus.  

Always choose to serve Him in and out of the storm, God will be faithful to you, you just have to be faithful to Him. Don't catch yourself Drifting away.. stay focused on Him... Stay connected, read your word, stay involved with your church. God wants to bless you, you just have to put in the effort and never give up on Him...

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell

 

Hebrews 2:1 (NKJV)

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 1:21-25 (NKJV)

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV)

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

James 1:12 (NKJV)

Loving God Under Trials

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Hebrews 2 (NKJV)

Do Not Neglect Salvation

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

The Son Made Lower than Angels

For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying:

“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,[a]
And set him over the works of Your hands.
You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”[b]

For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

Bringing Many Sons to Glory

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:

“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”[c]

13 And again:

“I will put My trust in Him.”[d]

And again:

“Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”[e]

14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

 


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