It is written,“Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must encourage each other every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.” (Hebrews 3:12-14)
“Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.” I remember speaking to a gentleman who told me that he had lost his Faith. He felt that the sin’s he had committed in the past were too great for God to forgive him of. In buying into this belief, he stop serving the Lord altogether and lived a life believing that he could never serve the Lord. “Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters make sure your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving….” By understand this passage; we can see how someone can buy into the lie of not being unforgiving by the Lord. I know many who have prayed for the forgiveness of the Lord, but their Heart condition is so filled with unbelief that they did not change their sinful ways.
We must understand that unforgiveness doesn’t come from the Lord, but from our own heart condition. If our hearts were filled with Faith and Joy, we would live a life a victory, but evil things hold us back from the blessings of the Lord. “Choose you today who you will serve.” Who are you going to live for today? We have a choice of standing on what God has professed in our life or living a life of sin. In the case of this gentleman, he was living a life in a backslid state for so long, that his disobedience became a life style. People live a life of sin for so long, they start believing that is who they are, but rejoice, because Jesus came to set us free of these things!
“You must encourage each other every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” As we read, we must encourage each other everyday, so that none of us will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. Just like the gentlemen who I talked to, he was so deceived by his sin, he was hardened against God. He believed that God could not forgive him and cleanse him of his past, because he was not encouraged of the Promise of the Lord today. “You must encourage each other every day, as long as it is called “today.” We are all called to encourage each other everyday. If we truly love each other like the Father in Heaven, then we are called to Love and encourage each other as long a sit is called “today.” I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of one day that I wake up that wasn’t called today! This isn’t a misprint; God was making a point with his Word. Everyday is called today and we are called to encourage one another so that known of us are hardened by sin. Act of the Word of the Lord, Believe in the saving power of his Word and let today be the day where you go out and encourage others in the saving power of the Lord!