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Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. Hebrews 2:1 (NKJV)

There has been many times where people are caught off guard while swimming in rivers.  Although the waters can seem tranquil near the shore, just a few feet away the current can rush with a resounding force. Unfortunately, many people have drifted away because they strayed too far and were caught up in the flow of water, only to lose their lives. 

The writer of Hebrews gives a stern warning to Christian believers so they will not get caught up and drift away in the flow of false teachings, and in doing so drift away from Jesus. To guard against this believers are encouraged to give more earnest heed to the message given by the apostles, which is the same message delivered by the Son of God himself, concerning eternal salvation and how it is to be obtained.

Q:  As Christian believers, how can we be better anchored to the shores of truth?

We need to be firmly anchored and steadfast in faith. We do this by first professing our faith in Jesus, and then choosing to abide in Him and His Word (John 15:1-11).  We do this by giving more earnest heed to the truth of the apostles' doctrine — we have been saved by grace through faith, and not of ourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works lest we boast (Eph. 2:8-9).

We also need to be anchored and steadfast in prayer.  Prayer is the way in which we communicate with God, and it is how we seek to be refreshed, refueled and equipped (cf. Eph. 5:18; Jas. 5:16).  Another critical part of our being anchored and steadfast in our Christian walk is by our fellowshipping with the saints.  When we make it our priority to meet with other believers at church services and Bible studies to rightly divide God’s Word, we can be assured we are being grounded, rooted, and planted in God’s firm foundation.  This is exactly what we see the first church believers doing in Scripture. 

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Make it your goal to be firmly anchored in the truths contained within your Bible.  Be on guard, lest you become distracted by the cares of this world, or deceived by doctrines of demons (1 Tim. 4:1).

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn with respect to how we should be focused concerning the apostles' doctrine?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you faithfully reading your Bible, and attending a church requiring those in attendance to open their Bibles?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to give the more earnest heed to what your Bible teaches than what any man does. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, help me to discern Your Word righteously.  Help me to detect those who would take Your Holy Scriptures out of context and teach falsely.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott




Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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