DAILY REFLECTION: THE DANGERS OF BACKSLIDING – SUNDAY 20th JANUARY, 2019

SUNDAY 20th JANUARY, 2019

THEME: THE DANGERS OF BACKSLIDING

PASSAGE: HEBREWS 10: 19 – 31
19. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20. By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21. And having an high priest over the house of God; 22. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24. And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30. For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

MESSAGE
A Yoruba adage says “The teeth a dog uses to play with its puppy is the same teeth it uses to bite it”. Many Christians often over-emphasize one aspect of God’s attribute to the detriment of others. Truly, God is love. He is holy and just; but He is also a consuming fire. Those who always dwell in God’s love, favour, kindness and mercy without His discipline should better re-examine their stand. What they are saying is that God in His gracious love and mercy should forgive Satan! God forbid.

Since Christ, our great High Priest, has opened the way for us to enter the Holiest place (Heb 10:19-21) and having sprinkled us with water of cleansing, we no more need any intermediary like angels, the Virgin Mary, departed saints, etc. What we now need is not only our heart set apart for God to dwell in, but also the whole body. As believers, we should hold fast to our faith and encourage others to do so for the Lord. We are also to encourage each other to do good deeds (vs23-24). We should not only support one another but also help them from backsliding because backsliding or apostasy is eternal punishment in hell fire.

But if anyone should sin deliberately after he has received knowledge of the truth in Christ such one has rejected the only available sacrifice for sin and can expect to face God’s judgment – eternal damnation.

HYMN: EMHB 476
1: FROM trials unexempted
Thy dearest children are;
But let us not be tempted
Above what we can bear;
Exposed to no temptation
That may our souls o’erpower,
Be thou our strong salvation
Through every fiery hour.

2: Ah! leave us not to venture
Within the verge of sin;
Or if the snare we enter,
Thy timely help bring in;
And if thy wisdom try us
Till pain and woe are past,
Almighty Love, stand by us,
And save from first to last!

3: Fain would we cease from sinning
In thought and word and deed,
From sin in its beginning
We languish to be freed;
From every base desire,
Our fallen nature’s shame,
Jesus, we dare require
Deliverance in thy name.

4: For every sinful action
Thou hast atonement made,
The rigid satisfaction
Thy precious blood has paid:
But take entire possession;
To make an end of sin,
To finish the transgression,
Most holy God, come in!

MEMORY VERSE:
Hebrews 10:26 “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth no sacrifice for sin is left.”

PRAYER:
Lord, uphold me in steadfast faith till the end through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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