Hebrews 2:1 Are You Drifting Away?

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1

Traveling a long distance takes focus to stay on track to get where one is going. It is easy to take a wrong turn and begin heading the wrong direction.

Using a GPS system will help a person keep from getting off track. It is constantly paying attention as to where the person is, in order to keep him going correctly. It will immediately call for correction if there is a deviation on the course.

After talking about how Jesus is superior, the writer states that they must pay careful attention to what they have heard, so that they do not drift away.

Life as a believer is a journey that usually will take many years to complete. One is traveling through a land that does not believe in the same journey and will do everything they can to cause him to deviate from the course.

Each and every day there will be temptations to sin and to disobey God. Every sin allowed, is a deviation from the course God has planned for the believer. It is not the best route to take in life.

Most people know better than to take a sudden hard turn to the left or right into deep sin, but many fall prey to little changes. They just play with a little sin, a once in a while lie, gossip, jealousy, or some other sin. As they dabble a little in those sins, they decide to go in deeper, drifting off course into more and more sin, until they are way off course.

The believer must pay close attention to what God’s word says and how God wants him to live. He must choose to stay on course and not drift away from God and His word.

As a believer you are on a journey through this life that God has laid out for you. This journey may last a few days or many years.

God has already laid out in His word how He wants you to live your life and make it through this journey. Take time daily to pay close attention to how God wants you to make this journey and do not allow yourself to drift off course into sin away from God.

Draw closer to God, not drifting away.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has for you; that you will live according to God’s plan; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you; and that God will keep you from drifting away from the course He has you on.

Hebrews 1:9 What Do You Love And Hate?

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Hebrews 1:9

All over the world people talk about the need to have love in order that there may be peace. The world claims to have love, but the love being shown is love for things or whatever it takes to feel better about one’s own self.

On the other side, the acceptable hatred is when something goes against a person. This is whether it is against self or against anyone else, hatred can be normal.

The author of Hebrews is describing Jesus and quotes Psalms 45:6-7. Jesus is described as loving righteousness and hating wickedness, so God anoints him with the oil of joy.

Very few people actually love righteousness all the time. Most people do not directly like limitations on what they can and cannot do, and righteousness does that. Without limitations people will love and do wickedness with no regrets or remorse.

Inside the church there are many that rebel against living a righteous life, because it looks like legalism, a bunch of do and don’t rules. As a result many in the church love wickedness and participate in it on a regular basis.

Jesus loved doing the right things and hating all wickedness to the point that He lived a perfect holy life with absolutely no sin in His life. God raised Him up and anointed Him with the oil of joy. He had joy because He was living the life the Father wanted Him to live.

Believers who are truly following Jesus will live in the same way. They will live to seek out being righteous in every way possible, and they will hate all wickedness and sin. They will flee from all temptations to sin. Then they will know the true joy of living for God.

Every day you are faced with choices of what to love and hate. The world will try to get you to love what is wicked and sinful.

Allow God to change your heart and mind and seek His righteousness and holiness. It is not about regulations, but a relationship and truly living the best life possible on this earth.

The more you live for God, the more joy you will know, because you will have the peace of God guiding and strengthening you daily.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will desire righteousness as Jesus did; that you will hate sin as much as God does; that you will know the joy of serving God with your whole life; and that the world will know you follow Jesus.

Philemon 1:4-5 What Are People Saying About You?

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. Philemon 1:4-5

One of the most common things to occur in every nation around the world is people like to talk about other people. No matter where a person goes, there are other people watching what that person says and does and some will talk about it. The more others know who the person is, the more likely it will be that they will talk about him.

Sometimes this is done as gossip, but other times it is just talking about what one had seen or heard.

Paul opens his letter to Philemon thanking God for him, because of what he is hearing about his love for other believers and his faith in Jesus.

Most people feel as if they are alone and no one is really watching or listening to them. They do not feel important enough to be seen or recognized, yet, people are watching and see them all the time.

Believers are watched by other believers and by the world, and both are talking. Someone always sees when something is said or done that is wrong, and someone always sees when something is said or done that is right.

Although the world does not believe in Jesus, they often know what to expect from a believer and how he should speak and act. Believers in the church know how a person should speak and act.

Those who chose to love everyone unconditionally and have true faith and trust in Jesus, will stand out as different. People will be very quick to talk about that type of person, both in the negative and in the positive. Some will be jealous and angry, while others will be encouraged.

You may or may not feel alone and unrecognized, but people are watching you and some are talking about you. They will talk about what they are hearing and seeing in you.

What will people have to say about you? Are you the person who loves everyone in the church unconditionally and with God’s true love? Or are you the person who is extremely judgmental towards others?

Are you the person who has faith in Jesus? Or are you walking around in fear and doubt?

Again, what are people saying about you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will love others as God loves you and them; that you will have true faith in Jesus; that others will see God at work in and through your life; and that you will be used by God to reach the lost.