Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Heb. 3:14 “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;”
The Israelites made a good start when leaving Egypt. They crossed the Red sea, marching toward Canaan as an army with banners. Their confidence, though, did not remain steadfast. Faith faltered, and they were unable to partake in all God had for them.
Many show confidence at the beginning of their profession, but the best benefits received in Jesus depend on perseverance in faith. Deep spirituality is not our automatically.
Men want a relationship that grows without tending. They want spirituality to be a plant, which thrives with out watering, fertilizing, weeding, or pruning. However, neglected faith produces withered lives. Without persistent faith, there is no fruitfulness, no land flowing with milk and honey. There is only “wilderness” living.
Heb. 3:15-16 “While it is said, TODAY IF YE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOU HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.”
Like Israel of old, we are ever confronted with decision. God is always speaking, calling us away from a “wilderness” life. Fortunately, it is possible for us to respond with faith. Even in Israel’s dark hour, some believed. Most rebelle