July 09, 2020: SOAP #3871:   Micah 1-4; Hebrews 6 Scripture:  Hebrews (NIV) 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the […]

July 09, 2020: SOAP #3871:   Micah 1-4; Hebrews 6

Scripture:  Hebrews (NIV) 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
4  It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, 6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

Observation:   Chapter 6 continues with the subject of maturing.   In the first three verses we see steps in the progression of maturity.  In the next three verses we see the danger of not progressing in maturity and falling back. 

It is not how we start our life as a believer; it is how we finish.  To fall back as we progress toward maturity can have dangerous consequences.  To deny the truth we previously confessed leads to breaking faith in other areas of life.  To forget terribleness of sin and the great cost Jesus paid for our forgiveness and redemption leads us to think that sin is no big deal. 

Application:   Jesus emphasized the need for us to 'continue' and to 'abide' in our relationship.  God knew how hard that would be, so He sent the promised Holy Spirit to dwell in us!  God has taken the lead in making sure we can move ahead in our relationship.  Treat the Holy Spirit like He is your best friend riding in the car with you.  Talk to Him about everything.  Listen to Him.  Value His input.   

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, Share my daily life.  I need your continued presence and input.  Lead me on a path of maturing to become a more-profitable servant of God. Check me when I start to slip back.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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