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An Escape Artist


"We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore (neglect) such a great salvation?" (Heb.2:1-3).

Harry Houdini was a great illusionist and stunt performer from the late 1800's to early 1900's. Maybe he is the most famous of the magicians that were classified as escape artists. Some of his escapes from multiple locks and chains were remarkable. The word escape plays an important role in today's verses, and will be a part of this week's devotionals. The words spoken in the 1st two verses are about the truth of God's Word regarding salvation.... The writer is trying to instill their importance to the extent that he asks our question of the week which is this; "how shall we escape if we ignore (neglect) such a great salvation?" We should not allow what we have heard to slip or glide by us without profit. In all situations of life, at all times,and in all places, we should not allow the Word to slip. Those words of wisdom are our keys to the Lord's kingdom, and Jesus was dead serious in saying this about that kingdom; "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness..." (Matt.6:33). The danger of permitting salvation to slip through our fingers may arise from many sources such as lack of understanding (Matt.13:19) or the cares of the world, (Matt.13:22). This is expressed in the Bible (Lk.14:16-20) as seeing some land, testing some oxen or marrying a wife... We must not allow the deceitfulness of riches, hard times, prejudice, love of the world, love of pleasure, compromise or desire to please man, or a lack of love for the truth keep us from salvation. If we permit these things to lock us up so tightly that we can't escape, we run the risk of being lost to God. The Word of God gives each of us the ability to be escape artists. Lets take full advantage of it...

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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