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"DRAWING BACK"


"Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." Hebrews 10:38

Permit me to ask you a question: Have you been drawing back? There is a great sifting going on, a time of testing happening and many have been slowly, even quietly drawing back from the Lord. For most it is imperceptible outwardly, only to the discerning is in known, and to oneself also it is known. But slowly over the past few years, you have been drawing back. nothing overt, but there was a point when something changed in your heart,. doubt, through some event or crisis, a coldness began to settle in on your heart. Slowly a creeping unwillingness to unashamedly associate yourself to Christ crept in, a subtle shame encroached and you just wanted to be a regular person. The more and more a coldness of heart was the predominate spiritual essence that governed you. Nothing radically changed outwardly and you continued your Christian activity of going to church and other aspects of the christian life continued, but inside you are cold, lifeless, and other things began to grow in importance for you.

Your Father is displeased, it injures Him, that your spiritual condition is so, your tepidness grieves Him, to be completely cold and indifferent is better than the dishonor of lukewarmness. The taste of your life is abhorrent to Him, he declares in Scripture He will spew you from His mouth. That seems harsh to you as you haven't really done anything overtly, but to claim you know Him and to e lukewarm is an affront to all His gospel presents. His passion to redeem us caused Him to passionately send His only begotten, to wholeheartedly pour Himself out in unreserved delight to do God will. God never held anything back, was reserved in any way, but aggressively, passionately and fully committed Himself to accomplish all that was needed to redeem us completely.

Now you have to make a decision before you become locked in your passive demeanor. What are you going to do? Will you fall before His throne of grace and plea for help? Will you repair the altar of twelve stones like Elijah did, the altar of full surrender, a living sacrifice, and begin to pour the water of His Word over your life...until His fire falls again, until your heart is once again aflame.

"But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them, that believe to the saving of the soul." Hebrews 10:39

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