JULY 24, 2016

Hebrews 5: 11 - 6:3

The emphasis of this lesson is taken from a devotion written by the late Reggie White, former NFL defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. Reggie said, “You know as a Christian, I run into the very same problems on a spiritual level that I do on the football field. I can get blindsided by friends or other people who don’t understand me and what I stand for. I probably trust too many persons and when I am not looking, I have received a crackback block mentally and sometimes physically. I have also been attacked for my beliefs by a double-team and a triple-team. How do I handle these threats to my faith? The same way I do as a football player. 

1             Preparation

The first step is training. I must study God’s Word on a daily basis. Paul wrote to Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) There is no way I will ever be able to deal with all that life has to offer without daily and diligently delving into God’s Word. Are you one of those who by this time in your spiritual life should have grown to be a teacher of the Word, and yet you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s Word all over again? 

Do you need milk and not solid food?

Are you still a babe in Christ when you should be a strong servant for the Lord?

What is keeping you from becoming the righteous person God calls you to be? 

2             Peer Pressure

 The second focus is on my surroundings. I must also be careful not to surround myself too closely with those who don’t believe in God’s Word. I have many friends who are not Christians and I sure do love them. However, we have a different relationship. Unbelievers just don’t have as much in common as believers do. They don’t have the same goals, morals, or social life that believers in Christ have. It doesn’t take too much sense to realize that you become like those with whom you spend the most time. Know your surroundings and control them; don’t let your surroundings control you. We as Christians are not to be controlled by surroundings, circumstances, or situations. We are controlled by the Holy Spirit who encourages us and empowers us to live in a Christ like manner every day of our lives.

 Do you find yourself vulnerable to the mindset of worldly people?

Instead of them influencing you, you should be influencing them.

It is okay to say no to anyone or anything that would draw you away from your spiritual well-being!

 3             Practice

 Finally, practice what you know is right. Too often, we focus on doing what we have always done. We don’t progress, keep in shape, and work out daily. The warning is clear, “Solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.” (Vs 5:14 - 6:1)

 What are some of the personal things of your faith that you need to practice more and more?

·         Prayer – We can never pray too much.

·         Bible Study – Learn something new this week.

·         Ministry – Develop a heart to serve God and others.

·         Fellowship – Encourage someone this week.

·         Worship – Commit yourself to be faithful to attend and participate in Worship, Bible study groups, and prayer groups.

·         Maturity – Learn to work through problems and difficulties, for there will be many in our journey of faith. Live, love, forgive, help others, and continue to grow spiritually as a strong man or woman of God! Seek to be a blessing and not a burden and always be willing to be a part of the solution that brings wholeness and healing to the amazing and wonderful Family of God! Grow up, through the grace of God!