Monday – September 11, 2017
Have I departed from the Lord due to an evil heart? Having an evil heart does not preclude the person being saved (born again) and going to Heaven. Before I go on with this teaching let’s take a moment and look at our primary text.
Hebrews 3:12-14 (KJV)
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
You will remember that the human writer of Hebrews has been talking about the failure of the Israelites to enter the Promised Land due to unbelief. I would encourage each of us to examine ourselves for evidence of the unbelief which led the Israelites to disobedience in the wilderness. The opposite of love (obedience of the Word of God) is fear which has torment. Love is the power of faith therefore fear makes faith powerless. At its foundation fear in this context means we have placed someone or something in a higher place than God. In other words, when fear is present we have more faith in the thing or person feared than in the living God and His Word. It is impossible to please God without faith.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
We also know that whatever is not of faith (in God) is sin (a violation of light due to an evil unbelieving unloving heart).
Romans 14:23 (KJV)
23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Obedience of the Word of God is vital however it must be coupled with faith, actually believing the Word above ALL else. Neither love nor faith operate in the absence of the other. Our text (Hebrews 3:12) reminds us to be mindful to not have an evil heart of unbelief (no faith) and therefore not be walking with God. That is not to say that we are not saved, it is saying that we are in disagreement with God and like a disobedient child we are on a different and very dangerous path. Sin opens the door for every kind of evil in our lives. Let’s take a look at Hebrews 3:12 in a different Bible translation.
Hebrews 3:12 (MSG)
12 So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God.
What would be the answer to the following question?
Amos 3:3 (KJV)
3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Bluntly and simply, two people who do not agree cannot walk together, speak with one voice. As a saved person God never abandons us however He is not pleased, and perhaps even frustrated because our unbelief prevents the fulness of the Blood Covenant from being poured out in our lives. According to our primary Scripture, unbelief would seem to be the very definition of an evil heart. As you will recall the children of Israel spied out the Promised Land and they had more faith in the walls and the giants of the land then the Word of God. These things were greater, bigger, more powerful than the God who allowed ten plagues in Egypt, and the God that destroyed the most powerful nation on earth in a day in the Red Sea. This people had spent two years in the wilderness, had seen the evidence of God descend on Mt. Sinai, God had provided water and food, the Tabernacle was established, and they were taught the laws of God. They had enjoyed the Hand of God but placed no value on the ways of God. I wonder if we too are not getting the cart before the horse in these latter days. Are we looking for the power of God on display but have little to no interest in His ways, in His Word, in being like Him, as we are made to be? As we consider our own lives and those of the Israelites let us consider the following passage.
Matthew 12:34-35 (KJV)
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
An evil heart is an unbelieving heart, a faithless heart, a disobedient unloving heart never entering the Promised Land (fulness of the Blood Covenant). Let us each one be sure that our light is not darkness.
Matthew 6:23 (KJV)
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Until our next publication, I speak blessing into your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.
Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
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