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As Long as It Is Still Called “Today”

June 4, 2019

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As Long as It Is Still Called “Today”

There are some things we should not put off.     We are probably aware of times  when our procrastination  had either sad or disastrous results.     We can even be totally aware  of all the possible dire consequences  of our procrastination — but yet,  dare to put things off  for some rather flimsy reasons.

The writer of Hebrews wrote  about this problem,  so it is not new.     Hebrews talks about  how the Israelites procrastinated  regarding faith  in God,  as they traveled through the desert.     Time and again,  God miraculously provided for them.     They escaped the Egyptian army,  getting to cross the Red Sea  on dry land.     They were provided water  from a rock,  given manna and quail to eat,  had clothes and shoes  that did not wear out,  and much more.

After a brief moment  of thanks,  they always went back  to complaining  and feeling sorry  for themselves.     They sullenly claimed God was not taking care of them  and that they wished  they were back  in Egypt — as slaves.     They were procrastinating  about whether or not  they should put their faith  in God — after all,  they reasoned,  the idol worshipers  in surrounding countries  seemed to be having life much better.     Many Israelites even carried their old idols  with them  and felt the idols  could give them an easier life.

People today can be the same way  as they procrastinate  regarding their faith.     They imagine  that unbelievers have better life circumstances,  so they purposely put off being faithful  to the Lord.     In spite  of all sorts of knowledge and blessings,  they let themselves develop  unbelieving hearts.     That is an awfully slippery slope down  to eternal disaster.     The writer of Hebrews had this to say  in Hebrews 3:12-13,

Take care,  brethren,  lest there should be  in any one of you  an evil  unbelieving heart,  in falling away  from the living God.    

But encourage one another  day after day,  as long as it is still called  “Today,”  lest any one  of you  be hardened  by the deceitfulness  of sin.

The sins of bitterly complaining  that the Israelites fell into  were very deceitful.     It was true  that they needed water,  food,  and safety.     What God provided  was more than sufficient,  though different  from the norm.     But,  they felt tempted to complain,  make comparisons,  and feel  that God’s blessings  were not good enough.

Their ungratefulness and dissatisfaction showed their  “evil unbelieving hearts”.     When one person complains  about God’s loving care,  it becomes easier  for others  to start complaining.     Unbelief spreads like gangrene  for no honest reason.     It doesn’t take all that long  to have a whole nation  of complaining unbelievers — Israel did.

So,  we are warned  to “Take care”,  when we hear others complaining  with  “unbelieving hearts”.     Instead of letting them tempt us  to start complaining,  we are to  “encourage one another  day after day,  as long as it is still called  “Today.”     If we allow an unbeliever  to drag us down  into an unjustified state of unbelief,  we too,  will be  “hardened by the deceitfulness  of sin.” 

We are all sinners — but,  we don’t have to cave in  to “the deceitfulness  of sin”.     Instead of letting our sinful natures  deny the truths  of God’s love,  we need to remember God’s faithfulness  in Jesus Christ  and let ourselves be encouraged  by that.     Then,  we need to encourage others  in the truth  as long as it is still called “Today”,  so that they won’t fall into condemnation,  either.

How we live does affect others.

With thankful,  trusting hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have proven Your love and faithfulness  since the beginning  of time.     Open our eyes,  ears,  hearts,  and minds  to trust  in Your salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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