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05/18/2017

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Don't Be The Castaway


"Who shall separate us from the love of God?" (Rom.8:35). "But I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified" (1 Cor.9:27).

Have you seen the 2000 movie Castaway starring Tom Hanks? Hanks plays a FedEx man whose plane crashes over the Pacific. He manages to wash up on a deserted island where he survives for four years before escaping on a homemade raft. As we see in today's 2nd verse, the apostle Paul does not want to be a castaway, and to prevent it, he kept his body in subjection... Just what does all of this prove? "Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God" (Heb.3:12). It proves that a child of God can quit believing and fall away. Paul told the Galatians that they could fall from grace... (5:4) Peter (2 Pet.2:20-22) taught that a Christian could sin as to be in worse condition than he was before he became a Christian. The Parable of the Sower (Matt.13:3-8) teaches about the seed on the stony or thorny ground that didn't produce any fruit. In the Parable of the Vine and Branches, (Jn.15:2-6) teaches that even a branch that is connected to the vine can be eternally lost if it does not bear any fruit. The Parable of the Talents (Matt.25:14-30) teaches that even one of the Lord's own servants can be lost... Finally, Christ stated (Matt.13:41-42) that He will gather out of His own kingdom those who do iniquity and make them castaways. This proves that a child of God can conduct himself as to be eternally lost. Hanks was able to build a raft and escape his castaway status. "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; for the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matt.26:41).. "Therefore let him who think he stands take heed that he does not fall" (1 Cor.10:12). Once we have become a castaway, there's no raft to bring us back...

Have a wonderful day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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