Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Learning the Lord's Ways

Most professing Christians never get to
know Jesus Christ, neither do they walk in His ways. Jesus is God. He
is a holy God and He requires of us that we follow and obey Him, that
we trust Him, that we live in holiness and that we get to know His
ways through our relationship with Him. But most professing
Christians never follow Jesus Christ. They read the Bible, they
become religious, but they are worldly in their ways. They do not
walk in the ways of the Lord.
We read in the book of Hebrews about
the children of Israel, that God led out of Egypt out of bondage
with many signs and wonders and He took care of them in the
wilderness for forty years, but in that time they never got to know
His ways. They did not repent from their evil ways and therefor they
perished in the wilderness.
I read for us from Hebrews chapter 3
verse 7:"Therefore just as the Holy Spirit says:Today if you
hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me,
as in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tried Me
by testing me and saw my works for 40 years. Therefore I was angry
with this generation and said:'They always go astray in their heart
and they did not know My ways, as I swore in my wrath, they shall not
enter My rest.'"
God led the children of Israel out of
bondage through the Red Sea by many signs and wonders in the
wilderness and He was taking them to the promised land but they did
not forsake their evil ways. They kept on sinning. They kept on
longing back to the fleshpots of Egypt just like most Christians.
Jesus Christ set them free from the bondage of sin, He accepted them
as children of God. Many of them were born again but then they keep
on longing to go back to the world and they stay in their worldly
ways, they refused to stop sinning and because of that they will
I read further verse 12: "Take
care brethren that there not be in any one of you an evil unbelieving
heart, that falls away from the Living God, but encourage one another
day after day as long as it is still called today, so that none of
you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become
partakers of Christ if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance
firm until the end. While it is said:"Today if you hear His
voice, do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me." For
who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed did not all those who
came out of Egypt, led by Moses, and with whom was He angry for 40
years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the
wilderness and to whom did He swear that they would not enter his
rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not
able to enter because of unbelief." They never believed in God,
they never believed that He could take care of them even in the
wilderness. They kept on moaning and complaining and in the end that
whole generation that God led out of Egypt perished in the wilderness
and only their children went through into the Promised Land under the
leadership of Joshua. The very same today, most professing Christians
are living in sin. They do not believe that they can follow Jesus
Christ as disciples. They do not believe that Jesus can take a care
of them, that He can guide them, and teach them. They hang on to the
things and the ways of the world, because they do not really believe.
They do not stop sinning. They are conformed to the world and it is
this generation that is provoking God, they will fall they will
perish they will end up in hell because they refuse to believe, they
refuse to obey Jesus, they refuse to trust Him. They refuse to repent
of their evil ways and obey Jesus Christ,
Are we like the children of Israel? Do
we refuse to follow Jesus? Are we only serving Jesus with lip
service,or are we learning every day to trust in Him. Are we
following Him, trusting Him, obeying Him and living in His ways. If
we don't we will perish like those unbelieving disobedient children
of Israel. Let this serve as a warning to us to follow Jesus Christ
as disciples and to serve Him as Lord and Master with all our heart.
May Jesus bless you.

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