Are You Drifting?

Billy Norris writes of a tragic event that resulted from drifting: two young men were fishing above a low
dam on a river near their home town. As they were concentrating on catching fish, they were unaware
that they had drifted until they were not far from the water flowing over the dam. When they realized their
situation, the current near the dam had become too powerful for them to keep their boat from going over.
Below the dam the water was dashing with strong force over great boarders and through crevices in
the rocks. Caught by the swirling waters under the rocks, they never came to the surface. After days of
relentless searching, the divers finally found one body, and then, two or three days later, the other.

In Hebrew 2:1-3 there is this warning “we must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have
heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding and every violation
and disobedience received it just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation”.
This warning is meant for Christians; remember you cannot neglect something you do not have. The
Hebrew Christians had the gospel yet many had neglected it (hence the warning) because of persecution,
some were even ready to go back to idol worship. To neglect salvation in the case of the believer is to
have it and be completely indifferent concerning fellowship, personal study of God’s Word, prayer and so
forth. It is the attitude: “I’m saved, that is enough, and I’m all right.” You are wrong!

Biblical truth is represented as being anchored. It will never change because it was given by a Person
who does not change. Since the Gospel will not change, then we are in danger if we ignore it through a
careless attitude of indifference, and we drift away to flow with the popular current operative in the world.
The word that was spoken through angels (both in the New and Old Testament) was secure (2:2); it
was never changed, or slipped from being grounded in fact. “Every transgression (doing what they were
not supposed to do) and “Disobedience” (failing to do what they were supposed to do) was punished
just as it had been stated. Then, how shall we escape what the Bible warns will be the outcome of our
transgression and disobedience? We can count on the unchanging God to keep His word. Salvation is
not a mere ticket to heaven in which we can live just anyway down here on earth, busy in our own things,
oblivious of the biblical instruction for our lives. Once you have the salvation you must “continue to work
out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his
good purpose” (Phil. 2: 12, 13). Without God’s help you won’t make it.

Drifting requires no effort; it is possible to drift unaware. Undercurrents are often unnoticed from the
surface; if we stop roaring or tacking against the wind, the boat will begin to drift. If we get so preoccupied
with our own things we’ll not notice we are drifting. Many Christians have slowly drifted away only to
one day find themselves far removed from God. That is why in Hebrew 2:1 we are told that we must pay
attention. The danger increases as we drift farther and farther from God; as we move farther, we care
less and less about what we do. We never drift upstream or against the tide. Studying and applying the
Bible in our daily lives, and keeping close to God in prayer is like roaring against the tide. It’s not easy
but if we do it we shall never drift. The Bible is God’s word to us; it is our map. It directs us along a safe
path and tells us the dangerous areas to avoid. We can trust it because” Every word of God is tested;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him (Prov. 30:5). If we ignore it we‘ll certainly drift. What are
the remedies against drifting? Keep rowing (2 Peter. 1:5-10). Watch out for undercurrents (1 Peter 2:11).
Don’t drift along with the majority, you will be lost (Matt 7: 13-14). Have a strong anchorage (Col 2: 6-7).
Possess an unshakable hope (Heb 6: 17-19, 10: 23-25). Are you drifting? The danger is real; we would
be foolish to say otherwise. Our salvation in Christ is simply too great for us to neglect.

with Pastor Mwaniki
Senior pastor
GOSPEL OUTREACH CHURCH THIKA

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“Thou hast left thy first love.”

“Thou hast left thy first love.”
Revelation 2:4
Ever to be remembered is that best and brightest of hours, when first we saw the Lord, lost our burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation, and went on our way in peace.
It was spring time in the soul; the winter was past; the mutterings of Sinai’s thunders were hushed; the flashings of its lightnings were no more perceived; God was beheld as reconciled; the law threatened no vengeance, justice demanded no punishment.
Then the flowers appeared in our heart; hope, love, peace, and patience sprung from the sod; the hyacinth of repentance, the snowdrop of pure holiness, the crocus of golden faith, the daffodil of early love, all decked the garden of the soul.
The time of the singing of birds was come, and we rejoiced with thanksgiving; we magnified the holy name of our forgiving God, and our resolve was, “Lord, I am Thine, wholly Thine; all I am, and all I have, I would devote to Thee. Thou hast brought me with Thy blood–let me spend myself and be spent in Thy service. In life and in death let me be consecrated to Thee.” How have we kept this resolve?
Our espousal love burned with a holy flame of devoutedness to Jesus–is it the same now? Might not Jesus well say to us, “I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left they first love”? Alas! it is but little we have done for our Master’s glory. Our winter has lasted all too long. We are as cold as ice when we should feel a summer’s glow and bloom with sacred flowers. We give to God pence when He deserveth pounds, nay, deserveth our heart’s blood to be coined in the service of His church and of His truth. But shall we continue thus?
O Lord, after Thou hast so richly blessed us, shall we be ungrateful and become indifferent to Thy good cause and work? O quicken us that we may return to our first love, and do our first works! Send us a genial spring, O Sun of Righteousness.

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“He shall save His people from their sins.”

“He shall save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21

Many persons, if they are asked what they understand by salvation, will reply, “Being saved from hell and taken to heaven.” This is one result of salvation, but it is not one tithe of what is contained in that boon.
It is true our Lord Jesus Christ does redeem all His people from the wrath to come; He saves them from the fearful condemnation which their sins had brought upon them; but His triumph is far more complete than this. He saves His people “from their sins.” Oh! sweet deliverance from our worst foes.
Where Christ works a saving work, He casts Satan from his throne, and will not let him be master any longer. No man is a true Christian if sin reigns in his mortal body. Sin will be in us–it will never be utterly expelled till the spirit enters glory; but it will never have dominion.
There will be a striving for dominion–a lusting against the new law and the new spirit which God has implanted–but sin will never get the upper hand so as to be absolute monarch of our nature. Christ will be Master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah shall prevail, and the dragon shall be cast out.
Professor! is sin subdued in you? If your life is unholy your heart is unchanged, and if your heart is unchanged you are an unsaved person. If the Saviour has not sanctified you, renewed you, given you a hatred of sin and a love of holiness, He has done nothing in you of a saving character. The grace which does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves His people, not in their sins, but from them. “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” If not saved from sin, how shall we hope to be counted among His people. Lord, save me now from all evil, and enable me to honour my Saviour.

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BROKEN TO BE MORE BEAUTIFUL

The royal palace in Tehran, ran has one of the most beautiful entrances of all palaces in the world today. As one enters the royal palace the ceilings, sidewalls and columns seem to be covered in diamonds. When the royal palace was planned the architects sent an order to Paris for mirrors to cover the entrance walls. The mirrors finally arrived in their crates.
When they took the crates apart ,all the broken pieces fell out. They were all smashed when being transported .They were going to throw them away when one of the men had an idea to see how the broken pieces would look if they fitted them together.
The result is an enormous distortion in reflections and it sparkles with diamond like colors. Broken to be more beautiful!
That is exactly what God can do with broken pieces of our lives if we just turn it over to Him. We can learn from the life of Job how to endure the hurts that we experience in this life. Job 1:8 gives us Gods description of Job, “my servant Job…………..is blameless and upright.”What if God mentioned your name in heaven? What would he say? He has his eye on you; He knows exactly where you are spiritually. Then Satan asks “Does job fear God for nothing?”{Job 1:9}
Satan accuses Job of a religion based on blessings. Is your faith based on Gods great earthly advantages? Satan continues “You have put a hedge around him and his households and everything he has “What an encouragement for those who will give their all to God that; His divine protection is too strong for the devil to penetrate without first having permission from God. Satan does not have as much power as God. He has as much power as God allows him to have.
Satan has no control over Christian’s life unless God gives it to him. In Luke 22:31 Jesus told Peter,” Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat “Notice Satan had to ask for permission in the New as well as the Old Testament. Satan pushes God to torture Job to a great extent.
Thinking that Jobs faith was based on His prosperity, Satan destroyed all of Jobs possessions to cause Him to openly renounce God .And how did Job respond?”Job got up and tore his rob………..then he fell to the ground to worship {Job 1:20} Job does a powerful thing amidst his hurt-he worships God.
Notice Job doesn’t ask the three questions we always ask when tragedy strikes. WHY is this happening to me? WHERE is God? WHEN will my suffering end? Instead we are told that in all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrong doing. Jobs patience and resignation utterly disappoints Satan; he found a man who loved God more than his earthly portion. This was a rare case even in the experience of the devil.
He had seen multitudes that bartered their God for material possessions in the present life and for blessings in the world to come. He therefore inferred that Job ,in similar circumstances would act like the others; he was disappointed.
Job had a real relationship with God that had nothing to do with his circumstances, possessions or position in life. When His wife told Him to curse God and die, He replied, “Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?”Do we lose confidence in God when He removes all our comfort? Is this our understanding of God, to receive only good from Him and not trouble? Do we have a choice? We have no choice in what God gives us whether its good or bad, we only have a choice in how we respond to what God gives us. Jobs wife responds with her emotions ,”curse God and die “Job responds with faith,”I’ll take whatever God gives me.”
God doesn’t give us what we want; He gives us what we need.
From the Pastors Desk
Rev Mwaniki Karura
Senior Pastor
Gospel Outreach Church Thika

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CHANGING THE WORLD THROUGH THE WORD

Other than the growth of Protestantism which swept throughout Europe in the 16th century, the reformation had far reaching effects in the social economical lives of Europe and is credited to the rapid development of the continent to the 1st world status.
Earlier on, occupations other than the calling to priesthood were considered to be carnal and of lesser value. The monasteries where people who felt called went to pray meditate and nurture their calling, away from the sinful, worldly and mundane values grew in value.
However Martin Luther is credited with changing this state by introducing the general faith of Christians, the aspect of integrating faith into the daily chores of Christians. He emphasized on Col3:23,”whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord.”Trade, farming and other forms of work were considered to be religious and as a service unto the Lord.
This simple paradigm shift had effect of transforming the whole Europe which by that time was less developed than the East into a bastion of education and thrift. This shows that the practice of faith will have a positive impact in transformation of nations.
As our country gears up for the general elections in March 2013,we should know that rhetoric alone and classification of leaders into reformers and anti-reformers is not the gauge of what will bring transformation in the nation.
What will bring the true transformation is the inculcation of faith into the affairs of life. The word of God should be transferred from the pulpits and pews and taken into the market place where it should be allowed to affect the way we do our business, the way we relate, plan and our politics too.
Everything should be done as a spiritual endevour whose aim should be to serve God and mankind.
Yes whatever we do must be done as unto the Lord.
From the Pastors Desk
Rev Mwaniki Karura
Senior Pastor
Gospel Outreach Church Thika

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