It is so important that we heed to what God says in the Bible. Do not harden your hearts to the Lord God who saves. When we disallow ourselves to be taught by God and His Word is when we go astray into sin and unbelief. That is why we need to follow Jesus each day, lest we fall. God has said that if we die in our sins, we will not enter His rest, but suffer in hell before judgment. It is written, “wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.” (Hebrews 3:7-11) This was speaking of Moses and the people of Israel, but just imagine how God feels about people now who go about their own ways and forget Him? God knows exactly how people are treating Him in these last days. Are you one of those who actively follow the Lord Jesus daily, or has the Bible become old news, while prayer is also not given into. I hope not, but if this is true, repent and come back to Jesus as soon as you can. Tomorrow is not promised. Make sure of your salvation now.
Here is the truth of the matter, if you ask people if they want to go to heaven, most people will say yes. However, if you were to ask that same person if they are living their life sold out for Jesus, they would say No. Why is this, it is because their hearts have also been hardened and have allowed themselves to be tempted and led astray. That is why they error in their own ways and will have to suffer for their own sins when they die. In Hebrews 3, the writer continues and exhorts those of the church to “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. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” (Hebrews 3:12-15) We are to remember to take heed to the warnings that God has for us. For there are consequences for the wicked after this life, but only rewards for the righteous. If you have departed from the faith, then know that God is still willing to forgive you. His mercy is for every person who has left Him but decides to come back. Hear the Lord’s voice and begin to do as He says today.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, help me and others finish the race while in this life. There are so many things that often get into my way and others when it comes to following You completely. And instead of pressing into You while we can in prayer and reading the Bible, we forget these things. And so sin takes us down a dark path, where death takes a hold of us when we are not prepared. This greatly saddens me to think that so many people who were once sold out for You have died in their sins. They had a chance to die and enter Your rest and instead are now suffering in hell. Judgment then awaits those who are in Your rest or in hell, which is only pleasant for the righteous. Lord, I look forward to You calling my name and saying, “well done, thou good and faithful servant”. That is why I look to You each day in the faith. I would never want to hear the words, “depart from me, you worker of iniquity”. Therefore, my heart is open to receive You fully in my life. My heart was once hardened against You in different ways, but that has all been undone. You have come in and rescued a lost soul such as I. Only You could place me on Your righteous and holy path that leads to heaven. I believe in You, Lord. I trust in You above all things. Give me wisdom and guidance and I will do as You say. I love You, God. Amen.