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11/15/2008

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The Danger In Drifting


"We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away" (Heb.2:1).

How do we "get off course" in life? Do we steer in the wrong direction and just go full speed until we hit something? Perhaps this may happen in the off-chance, but most of the time we simply drift. In the next verse of the second chapter of Hebrews the writer says, "how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?" Neglect is a form of drifting. Its not an overt action, but one of one of a lack of regulation. The term "lais sez faire" comes to mind.

Years ago, my dad used to go clamming with me. He would not get in the water with me, but fish while I clammed. One day, as I was intent on catching clams, I looked up and the boat, with my dad in it was about hundred yards away. The anchor had broken loose. He wasn't trying to get away from me, he just drifted. In our spiritual lives, to keep from drifting, we must have strong anchorage. We have to be rooted and "grounded" in Christ with our faith built up in Him.

"Then we will no longer be infants tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind" (Eph. 4:14). Our minds need to be anchored to the truth of God's Word. When we are attached to the truth, drifting from it will be more difficult. In our minds we must have an unshakable hope. The hope of salvation should cause us to not waver with each passing wind and not drift with each moving tide. "WE have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure" (Heb. 6:19).

Another way to keep from drifting is to always remember the love of God. The love that caused Him to send Jesus to us. Paul writes to The Ephesians, "And I pray that you may be grounded and established in love" (3:17). Remembering our first love and staying true to Him. Rooting ourselves in it and establishing standards so high that we will keep striving to attain them.

So, what are the remedies against drifting? I have a few suggestions. KEEP ROWING! In a spiritual sense, this requires diligence. It means abounding in the Christian graces. There is no place for retirement in living the life of a Christian. WATCHOUT FOR THE UNDERCURRENTS! During or after storms along the beach here in NJ, danger signs are posted warning swimmers of the strong "under tow." In life the undercurrents of temptations are always present. We can't let them take us by surprise. EXPECT TO GO AGAINST THE TIDE! There are a lot of tides out there just waiting to sweep us away. Just a few of them are: popularity, peer pressure, praise of others, indifference, apathy, or lack of interest or concern. Any of these can cause us to drift...They are the tides of today.

Our salvation in Christ is simply too great for us to neglect...Try not to drift...

Have a great weekend and an uplifting worship service on Hid day...Let you light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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