Do You Believe? – Hebrews 3:12-13

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. – Hebrews 3:12-13 

Meditation:  Have you ever robbed yourself?  It bears consideration.  If robbery is the forced removal of the rightful possessions of a person, the I believer all sinners are robbers.  We have certainly robbed ourselves of the peace of obedience, the saints have robbed themselves of the immediate spiritual blessings of discipleship to Christ, and we have all robbed God of the honor due His holiness, majesty, glory, grace and goodness.

As a result, we have countless struggles as people.  Unbelief is often a manifestation of mistrust and fear, and these emotions defy peace.   How can someone have peace with an evil heart?  Indeed it is impossible.  For this reason, many people today who could find peace in the Gospel of Jesus Christ remain lost, because unbelief leads to doubt, confusion, hopelessness, and sin.  When we are lost, we need direction.

Anyone who fails to acknowledge the truth or direction of God cannot see for lack of light even though the proverbial light switch is within reach.  If you and I claim to believe, our beliefs must have life.  They must impact how we act and our recognition of the purpose for Creation.  Life without purpose is worthless and not surprisingly miserable.

Call to Action:  Read Mark 9:17-29.  Contemplate the expression, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”  Pray to the Lord to help your unbelief and find peace in knowing Him, and encourage others to do the same.  Once you know Him better, you wouldn’t dare to Rob Him.

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