The Danger of Drifting

I preached tonight on the Danger of Drifting, taking Hebrews 2:1-3  as my text and using the example of Lot.  Once we are saved, we can never again be lost.  Our standing with God is eternally secure, because it depends solely on the righteousness of Christ imputed to us.  However, our fellowship with God can diminish, and if it does, it is because we have drifted from walking close to Him.

Drifting is slow; it happens one small compromise at a time.  Drifting is also easy; you don’t have to work to drift.  In fact, the easiest way to drift is to just do nothing.  Don’t pursue Christ, don’t follow hard after Him – just do nothing.

Drifting is also costly, as Lot discovered.  At one time, he was blessed so abundantly that he had to separate from his uncle, Abram, because the land could not support both of them.  He went from this to barely escaping the wrath of God on Sodom with just himself, his wife and two daughters – and lost his wife to his lack of influence and her disobedience.

We drift because we have chosen to pursue other things for our joy and contentment, and move away from the One Who is Himself pure joy.  These other things we tend to run after may be good, positive things; the problem is, they can never be the best thing, which is Christ. To look to anyone or anything other than Him is foolish, hopeless, and always carries the promise of disappointment, and if we refuse to repent, can even bring destruction.

How do we keep from drifting?  Know God’s Word, and live in obedience to it.  An anchored ship does not drift; in the same way, we must anchor our lives to God’s Word, living by it’s principles and precepts.  It is the only way to keep from drifting.

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18 Tricks to Memorize More Scripture

Another one of my goals for 2009 is to be more intentional about memorizing Scripture.  Most of us have a much better memory than we give ourselves credit for (how many phone numbers and song lyrics do you know by memory?)  In this article, Demian Farnworth offers 18 tips on memorizing Scripture; some are “no-brainers”, and some are very creative.  All of them will be useful as we seek to hide God’s Word in our hearts.