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Devotional - week of February 26, 2012


SO THAT WE DO NOT DRIFT AWAY

 

We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.  Hebrews 2:1 (NIV)

 

The author of the Book of Hebrews is dealing with the temptation that his readers—born again Jews—were having to return to the Old Covenant including such things as animal sacrifices.  .

 

Not any one of us is being tempted to convert to animal sacrifices, but we do face the temptation of drifting away from our close walk with the Lord.

 

The author of Hebrews knew that giving more careful attention to their salvation would lessen the temptation of his readers to return to the Old Covenant type of worship.

 

We also need to pay the more earnest attention to our walk with God lest we be tempted to drift away. How can we do that?

 

Hebrews 10:25 says, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 12:15 exhorts us to be “looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” We will be strengthened by having close fellowship with other spiritual minded believers encouraging each other.

 

Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we must choose those with whom we will have close fellowship. Unsaved people and even carnal Christians can be used of Satan to take our mind off of our walk with the Lord and our growing as Christians..

 

Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we must give special attention to Bible reading, Bible study and prayer.

 

The most effective thing we can do to resist the temptation to live out the Old Covenant is to live out the New Covenant by living out our union with Christ.