The last post on this blog was in October, so if you are reading this, thanks. You’ve really hung in there.
The New Year is a great time of reflection and renewed purpose. I preached a lesson last Sunday (Dec. 30) from a book of sermons by Gus Nichols that someone gave me about 50-years ago. It was a pretty well-known acrostic of HAPPY NEW YEAR. Any advice I could give you would have to do with the “H” in “Happy.” It stands for “HOLD.”
Hold on to your faith this year because many people won’t. Unhappily, many people will quit following Jesus, turn their backs on him and walk away.
It probably won’t happen all at once. Most will have weakened faith by failing to study the Bible. The Psalmist wrote, “The entrance of your word gives light,” (Psalm 119:130 NKJV). When a person rarely or never allows the word of God to enter their minds, there is only darkness. One cannot walk in the dark without the danger of hitting something.
The writer of Hebrews wrote, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession,” (Hebrews 4:14 NKJV). In my opinion, the theme of the book of Hebrews is precisely this. It is mentioned three times from chapter three to chapter ten. It is central to understanding it.
One of the best pictures of weakening faith is a word picture in Hebrews 2:1. In it, we see a boat sitting at a dock, but the rope that holds it to its mooring has been untied. It begins to drift, finally leaves and disappears. When a person stops studying God’s word drifting can occur. The result, if not corrected, is spiritual weakness and ultimately the loss of faith. It is a silent and spiritually deadly process.
Let me encourage you to do two things. First, make sure this process doesn’t take root in your life. Secondly, warn others not to let it happen to them.
Thanks for reading this. Have a Happy New Year!