“Today, and All Your Tomorrows”
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the Living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:12-13
We live in UNCERTAIN, PERILOUS times, and if there is ONE thing we NEED, it’s ENCOURAGEMENT. The writer of Hebrews, whom I believe to be the Apostle Paul, gives ALL of us words of WISDOM, which we should DEFINITELY take to HEART. The words in our Scripture, today, are words that gives us INSTRUCTION as how the TRUE BELIEVER should LIVE and MINISTER to others, in these DANGEROUS times.
First, he tells us to be AWARE of the CONDITION of our HEART. We are to take great pains to make SURE that we DO NOT have a SINFUL, UNBELIEVING HEART, which is REBELLIOUS to the LIVING GOD. Satan is the great deceiver, and he makes EVERYTHING that is SINFUL, WICKED, and EVIL seem ENJOYABLE, PLEASANT, and HELPFUL to you. When you are a TRUE BELIEVER, he works overtime, trying to PULL you AWAY from GOD, and into LIVING by the FLESH, and being LED by your FLESHLY DESIRES. This can cause a TRUE BELIEVER, to be DEPRESSED, ANGRY, GUILTY and DISCONNECTED from GOD and His RIGHTEOUSNESS. The writer of Hebrews, WARNS US to NOT let this happen, so that your HEART is NOT HARDENED by SIN’S DECEITFULNESS.
Then, he tells us that we SHOULD ENCOURAGE each other DAILY, as long as it is called “TODAY,” now, ALL of our TOMORROWS, will become our TODAYS, so our mandate is that when we come together we SHOULD ENCOURAGE each other, LOVE each other, and PRAY for each other DAILY. When we carry out this mandate, we cut-out the process of having our HEARTS HARDENED by SIN’S DECEITFULNESS. And it puts the SKIDS to Satan’s diabolical schemes.
If you are NOT a TRUE CHILD of the LIVING GOD, you are already LIVING by the FLESH, and are being LED by the devil, Satan, ALL the way to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE after you’re there. And you may have a HARD time, ENCOURAGING others DAILY, because you live with a lot of DISENCOURAGEMENT, yourself. But, the ONE and ONLY LIVING GOD, has a RESCUE PLAN for you, and that SHOULD bring you some ENCOURAGEMENT, which you could ENCOURAGE someone else with. God with His INFINITE MERCY, and His AMAZING GRACE, wants you to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL and GAIN HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. This is what you MUST do: You MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. And BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS, God’s ONLY SON, died for YOU, in order for you to ESCAPE HELL, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and DO NOT HARDEN your HEART against God, but be ENCOURAGED and receive an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, and ENCOURAGE others with this DAILY. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!