Devotional: Do not throw away your confidence!
In Hebrews 10, verses 35 through 39, the writer gives a very solemn warning:
"Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what he has promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. [That's the return of the Lord.] But my righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul." (NASB)
Notice, that in that warning there are just two possibilities, and only two. We go on believing to salvation or preservation; or we shrink back to destruction. And everyone who's become a believer is then in that category ‑ either to go on believing to full salvation or to shrink back to destruction.
You see, if you face the issues in your life on that basis, you'll make the right decisions. But if you begin to think in terms of finance, or your own pleasure, or comfort, or the opinions of the world, you may make a very wrong and fatal decision. So you must learn to think in God's basic categories of believing or not believing.
In my next devotional I'll continue with this theme and I'll be giving you examples of God’s moral categories.
Lord, I choose to persevere in faith and to not throw away my confidence. Thank You for the encouragement that the perseverance to do Your will is only for a short time. What a great power lies in the assurance that You are coming back. Please help me to look forward to Your Return so that I will not be distracted by the temporal things of this world, but find my joy and perseverance in the assurance of Your Return. Amen.
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