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Summary: The power of God can keep you from drifting .

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THE DANGERS AND ANTIDOTE OF SPIRITUALLY DRIFTING

HEBREWS 2:1-4

INTRO

THIS MESSAGE THIS MORNING IS DIRECTED TOWARD BOTH THE SEEKER AND THE BELIEVER . SEEKERS WHO ARE TIRED OF FLOATING THROUGH LIFE AND FEELING LIKE THEY ARE OUT OF CONTROL. GOD HAS A WORD FOR YOU THIS MORNING. TO THE BELIEVER WHO KNOWS CHRIST, BUT HAS ALLOWED LIFE AND PEOPLE TO GET THEM OFF TRACK. THE LORD HAS A WARNING FOR YOU THIS MORNING. GET BACK ON TRACK BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. THE TENDENCY IS TO DRIFT, NOT RUN AWAY FROM GOD. MOST HAVE NOT PURPOSELY RUN AWAY FROM GOD, BUT IF WE ARE NOT CAREFUL WE CAN FIND OURSELVES FAR FROM GOD AND WONDERING HOW WE GOT SO FAR FROM HIM.

DRIFTING (DEFINITION) IS NOT REALIZING THAT YOU HAVE GONE OFF COURSE AND IS USUALLY UNCONTROLLED. (SLOW UNNOTICED CHANGE). NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH DRAFTING.

DRAFTING OR SLIPSTREAMING IS WHERE YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PERSON OR CAR IN FRONT OF YOU TO REDUCE THE DRAG AND RESISTANCE TO MAINTAIN YOUR SPEED OR POSITION WITHOUT AS MUCH ENERGY.

ONE YOU FALL BACK ON (DRIFTING) AND ONE KEEPS YOU IN FRONT TO MAINTAIN AND BE STRONG FOR THE LEAD (DRAFTING). BICYCLE RACING, CAR RACING, SPEED SKATING, SWIMMING ALL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DRAFTING OFF THE EFFORTS OF SOMEONE ELSE TO KEEP MOVING AHEAD.

THE WRITER OF HEBREWS GIVES US THIS WARNING THAT WE MUST BE PAYING ATTENTION AND BE MINDFUL OF WHERE WE ARE IN LIFE.

QUESTION:

HAS THERE BEEN A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU WERE MORE DEDICATED TO CHRIST? HAS THERE BEEN A TIME THAT YOU WERE CLOSER TO JESUS? HAVE YOU EVER BEEN MORE COMMITTED TO JESUS? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY QUESTION, YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT YOU ARE NOT DRIFTING.

ILLUSTRATION-

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN TO ONE OF THE OCEAN BEACHES ENJOYING THE WATER, LOTS OF PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND YOU HEAR THE LIFE GUARDS BLOWING THEIR WHISTLE AT SOMEONE TO GET WITHIN THE SWIMMING AREA. THEY WERE BOUNCING AROUND AND HAVING A GOOD TIME, NOT REALIZING THAT THEY HAVE WENT OFF COURSE NOW THEY ARE CLOSE TO BEING INTO THE JETTY ROCKS OR OUT TOO FAR AND THE LIFEGUARDS HAVE TO GO BRING THEM BACK.

DRIFTING FROM GOD IS A SPIRITUAL ISSUE. IT IS ALLOWING SOCIETY’S CURRENT OF INFLUENCE TO TAKE YOU AWAY FROM WHERE GOD INTENDS YOU TO BE. IT IS LETTING DESTRUCTIVE PHILOSOPHY TAKE YOU OFF COURSE.

PSALM 119: 9-10

HOW CAN A YOUNG MAN KEEP HIS WAY PURE? BY LIVING ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD. I SEEK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART. DO NOT LET ME STRAY FROM YOUR COMMANDS.

QUESTION- ARE YOU GOING TO FLOAT OR ARE YOU GOING TO PADDLE?

PADDLING UPSTREAM AGAINST THE CURRENT, AGAINST WHAT THE WORLD IS DOING, IS MAKING AN EXERTED EFFORT TO GET AWAY FROM WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING.

THE DRIFTER ALWAYS GOES DOWNSTREAM- IT TAKES EFFORT TO GO UPSTREAM

ANYTHING DEAD OR LIFELESS FLOATS DOWNSTREAM. SALMON GO UPSTREAM.

HERE IS THE PROBLEM WITH DRIFTING

1. CREATES COMPLACENCY, THE “GOOD ENOUGH” ATTITUDE. WE DON’T WANT TO TAKE THE PATH OF RESISTANCE. WE WANT TO FOLLOW THE EASIEST COURSE- DOWNHILL

WE LIVE IN AN AGE WHERE THE GOD WE CREATED, (NOTICE I SAID CREATED, NOT THE TRUE GOD)WOULD EVER HOLD US ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR ACTIONS.


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