Some who have become followers of Jesus have begun to mistakenly believe that once they have given their lives to the LORD, they can now live however they may please.
This is a picture of how we come to the Father. We know we do not deserve the great gifts he has in store for us, but he loves us and desires to give us good things. Not only are disciples to receive little children (9:36–37); they are to possess childlike qualities themselves. - Rodney L. Cooper
OVER 1,900 years ago in a discourse in Galilee, Jesus urged his hearers: “But be you seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” This verse is, in a sense, the summing up of the whole lesson of the Sermon on the Mount up to this point. What did Jesus mean?
The history of Elijah supplies us with one of the most striking, and, we may add, one of the most instructive, sections of the Old Testament.
“If I may be permitted to touch the hem of his garment, I shall be made whole.” But there arises this bitter question, “BUT CAN I? I know that I may if I can, but I cannot.” Now that is the question I am going to answer.
You know who Jesus is, and you believe him to be the Son of God, the Saviour of men. You are sure that “he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him.” You have no doubt about those eternal truths which surround his Godhead, his birth, his life, his death, his resurrection, and his Second Advent. The doubt is concerning yourself personally—“If I may be a partaker of this salvation.”
There may be many things going on in your life to your soul’s peril. This article will deal with many possibilities, as well as offer counsel on how to overcome spiritual weakness and backsliding spiritually.
When a man does wrong, and yet will not confess it, how wrong he must be! Or when having confessed it, he does not feel proper shame; or after feeling ashamed for a while he returns to the same evil like the dog to his vomit, how deep must the evil be in his moral nature, how terribly diseased he must be, inasmuch as he does not feel sin to be sin at all!
When we study the Bible, we will find several significant inconsistencies between the cures mentioned in the Bible and those reported by faith healers today. Faith healers claim to perform miraculous healings. However, Jesus himself seriously warned against persons who would claim to have “perform many miracles” in his name. He would say to them: “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:22-23)
The idea of drifting away compared the audience to a boat sailing past warning signs to meet destruction and ruin on a rocky shore or in a raging rapid. The Hebrews needed to do something. They were listless while their situation demanded positive action. “Pay attention to your plight,” said our writer, “lest you carelessly fall into ruin.” - Thomas D. Lea