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THE SAD TALE OF BELIEVERS WHO HAVE EYES TO SEE BUT CAN’T AND EARS TO HEAR BUT CAN’T

 PAYING ATTENTION TO THE WARNING SIGNS THAT GOD GIVES

 

Intro.

 
1. Our daily purpose is to grow to spiritual maturity in Christ, 2 Pet. 3:18 (Heb. 6:1).
 
2. Our adversary works to prevent this and devour us, 1 Pet. 5:8.
 
3. Personal faith and spiritual strength combines with the presence and power of God in Christ to protect us from falling away.
 
a. God’s protection, Eph. 6:10-13 (Heb. 4:15-16; 13:5).
 
b. Our faith, 2 Pet. 1:5-10; Eph. 6:13-18; Gal. 6:9.
 
4. We are in danger of falling if we do not examine our spiritual strength (faith) and devote ourselves to growth! 2 Cor. 13:5; 1 Cor. 10:12-13
 
5. Danger signs of falling away from God.
 
 
 
I. ISOLATION. (“I don’t need/want anybody’s help.”)
 
A. God’s Word Says this is Selfishness, Prov. 18:1.
 
1. The separatist follows his own desire, will and pleasure: foolish! Prov. 14:12; 28:26
 
2. He separates himself from the congregation where strength, encouragement, comfort, guidance and protection are found.
 
a. From fellow Christians, Eccl. 4:9-12 (Gal. 6:2).
 
b. From the guidance of God’s truth (Bible).
 
3. Easy pickings for the devil! Deut. 25:17-18
 
B. Review and Resolve (2 Cor. 13:5):
 
1. Review: Where are you now? (Isolated or Involved)
 
2. Resolve (action): Connect with right people. How? Rom. 12:9-16
 
 
 
II. WORLDLY COUNSELORS.
 
A. The Counselors We Turn to Says a Good Deal about Us (who we are, what we value and where we are going in life).
 
1. Foolish (evil) counselors, Prov. 1:10-19.
 
a. Rehoboam, 1 Kgs. 12:6-8, 12-14 (appealed to his pride).
 
b. Ahaziah, 2 Chrn. 22:2-4 (exploited by evil).
 
c. False doctrine, 1 Tim. 4:1-2.
 
2. Wise counselors, Prov. 11:14 (15:22; 24:5-6).
 
a. The counsel of God’s word, Psa. 119:24 (17-24).
 
b. Fellow Christians (elders, etc.).
 
B. Review and Resolve (2 Cor. 13:5):
 
1. Review: Where are you now? Psa. 1:1-2
 
2. Resolve (action): Seek out and follow godly counsel, Prov. 3:1-4.
 
 
 
III. FRIENDSHIPS.
 
A. Our Friends Will Either Hurt Us or Help Us.
 
-Companions affect character! 1 Cor. 15:33
 
1. Superficial and worldly?
 
a. Fair-weathered and self-serving, Prov. 19:6.
 
b. Birds of a feather flock together (Matt. 5:46-47).
 
c. Entice you to sin? Prov. 1:10
 
2. Genuine and godly?
 
a. Do you share a common faith, values and goals? Titus 1:4
 
b. Tells you what you need to hear! Prov. 27:6, 9
 
c. You become better and stronger spiritually because of them, Prov. 17:17.
 
B. Review and Resolve (2 Cor. 13:5):
 
1. Review: Are my friends hindering or helping me grow in Christ?
 
2. Resolve (action): Be Christ’s friend and choose your friends wisely! Jno. 15:14
 
 
 
IV. FAILURE TO PRAY. Lk. 18:1, 8
 
A. Prayer Suggests a Healthy Relationship with God, Heb. 4:16.
 
-Of course, people pray who have no relationship with God, Lk. 18:11
 
1. Christian: Did you think to pray? Lk. 11:1-4; 1 Ths. 5:17
 
2. Christian: Have you stopped praying?
 
a. Not depending on God.
 
b. Not being thankful to God.
 
c. Not trusting in God.
 
d. You are exposed to the devil, sin and death!
 
B. Review and Resolve (2 Cor. 13:5):
 
1. Review: What place does prayer have in your life?
 
2. Resolve (action): Repent and start praying, Mk. 1:35-37.
 
a. Give prayer priority and consistency (Lk. 5:16).
 
b. Pray for others (not just yourself), and be thankful, Phil. 4:6.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. We must see the danger signs that warn of spiritual catastrophe!
 
2. Be steadfast by abounding in the work of the Lord, 1 Cor. 15:58.
 
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THE APOSTASY OF ABSOLUTES; DRIFTING AND DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH IS HAPPENING EVERYWHERE, MY QUESTION IS WHY?

  “WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT DRIFTING AND DEPARTING”

                                       Heb. 2:1-3

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. “DRIFT” (asv), “SLIP” (kjv). NAUTICAL TERM, IN THE CURRENT.
 
B. NEARLY ALL DEPARTURES FROM GOD ARE GRADUAL – INADVERTENT.
 
1. Israel had a good start (Ex. 19:8).
 
2. But the forgot (Psa. 106:13; Jer. 2:32).
I. THREE MAJOR CAUSES OF DRIFTING.
 
A. IGNORANCE.
 
1. The curse of Israel (Hos. 4:6-10).
 
2. The Sadducees (Matt. 22:29).
 
3. Only the truth can make us free (John 8:32).
 
4. But we must hear and learn the truth (John 6:44-45).
 
B. INDIFFERENCE.
 
1. The Laodiceans (Rev. 3:15-16).
 
2. Warning to the Hebrews (Heb. 10:28-30).
 
3. How can we be so indifferent? Picture Jesus on the cross.
 
C. INVOLVEMENTS.
 
1. The Lord must come first (Matt. 6:24, 33).
 
2. Can we be distracted? (Matt. 13:7, 22; 2 Tim. 2:3-4).
 
D. WE MUST TAKE HEED … IT CAN HAPPEN TO ME (Heb. 4:1).
II. WHEN WE DRIFT FROM THE WORD,
WHAT ELSE DO WE DRIFT FROM?
 
A. WE DRIFT FROM THE PROPER AUTHORITY.
 
1. To please God we must accept his authority (Jer. 10:23).
 
2. How does God direct us? (Psa. 119:105).
 
3. That word is our standard of judgment (John 12:48).
 
4. The word of God is the apostle’s teaching (Luke 10:16).
 
B. WE DRIFT FROM ALL MORAL STANDARDS.
 
1. Gen. 6:5. Could this be said of our generation?
 
2. New Morality or No Morality. Situation ethics.
 
3. Rom. 1:18-32. The refusal to acknowledge God and result.
 
4. God’s plea (2 Cor. 6:17 – 7:1).
 
C. WE DRIFT FROM SOUND DOCTRINE.
 
1. Paul’s warning (2 Tim. 1:13-14; 4:3-4).
 
2. Does it make a difference what one believes? Is there an “unsound” doctrine?
 
(Matt. 15:7-9, 12-14).
 
D. WE DRIFT FROM THE GREAT SALVATION (Heb. 2:3).
 
1. Great because of its price (1 Pet. 1:18-19).
 
2. Great because of its reward (John 6:68).
 
3. No other hope (Acts 4:12).
III. WHEN WE DRIFT WHERE DO WE GO?
 
A. WE GO AFTER MATERIAL THINGS (Luke 12:15; Matt. 6:19-20; 16:24).
 
B. WE DRIFT INTO DENOMINATIONALISM.
 
1. Common perception accepts it. “Go with the flow.”
 
2. But (John 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10-13).
 
3. The “flow” is always downward (Matt. 7:13-14).
 
C. WE DRIFT INTO LIBERALISM, CONDONING AND PRACTICING ERROR.
 
1. 2 John 9. “Whosoever goeth onward.”
 
2. 2 John 10-11. “Receive him not” (Rom. 16:17-18).
 
3. You don’t drift closer (2 Tim. 2:16-18).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. IT TAKES STRENGTH NOT TO DRIFT (1 Cor. 16:13).
 
B. WE MUST TAKE HEED (Heb. 2:1).
 
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