HEBREWS 3:12-15: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: Have you ever been tempted to sin? The answer to this is obvious. However, the next question is a bit more difficult to answer. Are you just about to fall into sin? Are you one step away from falling away from the living God? The answer may shock you. The answer is a sobering reminder to me every day. Paul puts it this way:
“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12 ESV)
The hard cold truth is that we are all just one step away from falling – but by the Grace of God. I know, like you, I have fallen. It was not when I was weak, it was when I was walking tall in my faith thinking that I would never again fall for the lie. And then it happened. Sin is a very deceitful thing!
Is there any hope? Again Paul speaks to this situation in Romans 7 when he summarizes his struggle with the old nature (his natural propensity to sin):
“So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” (Romans 7:21-25 ESV)
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! What I could not do in my own strength, God does through Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit! (Read Romans 8!). However, the writer of Hebrews reminds us of another very important element of walking in victory over sin in our lives. What is it? It is the “fellowship of the saints”. The bottom line is – We cannot and were never meant to walk in this victory alone! Our victory is a family affair. We need each other! The writer of Hebrews exhorts us all:
“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
As long as we are in this world, as long as we walk this earth – we need to exhort, encourage, pray for, and uphold one another. Why? We all have blind spots and we all are susceptible to sin. There is not a one, regardless of age, regardless of education, regardless of how long they have been a Christian – that can walk this life of faith alone! When we were saved we were placed in a body. The hand cannot say to the arm – “I have no need of you.” We all need each other. Victory and faithfulness are not automatic. They come as we walk after the Spirit – TOGETHER! When we pursue Jesus Christ together we help each other maintain our focus and avoid our blind spots. We take a united stand against the deceitfulness of sin.
Lord, this morning I want to thank you for the family of faith that you have placed me in. I pray that I can be open and humble enough to honestly share my struggles and ask for help. I also pray that I can be filled with Your Grace and Spirit to also be an encourager and supporter of others. Together may we – “…share in Christ, …hold our original confidence firm to the end.”
As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (ESV)
In Jesus Name!