It’s plain to see that our country and the world has chosen to disregard the commands of God and the state of the world is in the exact condition that the Lord said it would be in, if His Word was disregarded and despised.
If your not reading God’s Word then you really don’t know Him you just know of Him.
Matthew 4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
If we call ourselves Christians then we need to be feeding on Jesus Christ.
If we’re feeding on the doctrines of the world and the praises of man then at the end of each day we will be left empty.
When we feed off of God’s Word it gives us life and fuels our flame.
God’s Word gives us:
The Power of The Holy Ghost
God’s Word cleanses us by reading it daily.
Psalms 119:9Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psalms 119:11Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:105Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Romans 10:17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Reading God’s word daily is a requirement for everyone who calls themselves a follower of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 7:13-14¶ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Backsliding and wandering through the wide road that leads to destruction begins with the neglecting of reading God’s Word.
II. Failure To Pray
James 4:2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
We have to pray and believe me I know it’s hard to pray with all the distractions of life. Your job, home life and many other things that worry us and steal our time away keep us from the one of the most important things that we have been gifted with, PRAYER to a God that listens!
1 Thessalonians 5:17Pray without ceasing.
If your struggling in prayer and your constantly being distracted then press in and fight until you get through.
Remember when Daniel chose to fast and pray to God to seek out a matter. The Angel of the Lord said that there was a resistance that hindered him from responding but he made it through to answer Daniel’s prayer. The Disciples failed to pray in the garden of Gethsemane.
Matthew 26:36-46 36 ¶ Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
Jesus was saying pray, pray, pray and then it was to late no time to pray no time to change, no time to get right with God.
When we fail to read the Word of God and to seek Him daily in prayer then we our wandering in our own wills and leaving our selves open for the enemy to strike.
Proverbs 28:1The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
III. Failure To Attend Church
Hebrews 10:25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
We must come together as like minded believers because the hour is coming when the persecution will begin.
We come together to be edified by testimonies and witnesses of what the Lord is doing in our lives.
Jesus Christ is the head and we are the body that should be moving and plowing the fields of this world to be an effective witness and light that scatters the darkness that is coming in like a flood.
When the power of the Holy Ghost came down on the day of Pentecost they were all gathered together with one accord. They were in agreement, they were not wandering to and fro carelessly.
They were seeking God in His word and in prayer and together in unity not for the sake of the flesh but by submitting their wills to God’s will.
IV. Failure To Praise God
When we fail to give God the praise and glory that He deserves then we are not honoring Him for what He has done. We are responding like an ungrateful spoiled child.
When you’re at the Wal-Mart or shopping store of your choice and you see a kid who is totally disrespectful to their parents by throwing a fit or sassing, that child is not honoring their parent and they are bringing shame on that parent by their choice of attitude.
There’s no difference when a Christian chooses to neglect God’s Word and to not seek Him in prayer, or to choose not to gather with His people and ultimately choose not to be thankful through giving praise or a testimony.
Proverbs 19:15Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Failure To Read The Bible
Failure To Pray
Failure To Attend Church
Failure To Praise God
Dan Roller is a former pastor from the Midwest. After careful study of the Bible the Holy Ghost put it upon Dan's heart that some of the things going on in the...