FROM THE PULPIT: Let’s avoid major causes of spiritual failure

Published: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM.

Hebrews 3:12-4:11 discusses the need for diligence in people who serve God. As Christians, let’s learn the Israelites’ example and not succumb to major causes of spiritual failure.

Unbelief

Unbelief steals what is rightfully ours through Jesus Christ —evident in the Old Testament, when God rescued the Israelites from Egypt’s bondage and brought them to the Jordan River’s shore. God delivered them from Pharaoh’s army by parting the Red Sea, and covered the Egyptian army with the sea; archaeologists have found Egyptian chariots, dated to that era, in the Red Sea to prove the story.

God sustained Israelites in the wilderness with manna and quail, and provided water for them, their flocks and livestock.

Still, when the Israelites spied out the land, they doubted that they could take it from the inhabitants. That generation lost what was promised to them by a mighty God.

Worldliness

James 4:4 says “that friendship with the world is enmity with God. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”



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