Hebrews 10:38-39. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
God always moves His people forward. He leads people to advance, not to retreat. He desires for people to progress to fulfill their destiny. The Apostles, Bishops and Elders has the responsibility to encourage the people of God, individually and corporately, to push forward and keep marching on.
The saints of God need encouragement to keep advancing in spiritual maturity, in their prayer lives, and toward the vision the Lord has given. God is not pleased with those who draw back, fall back or turn away from the straight faith of holiness. Lot’s wife had misgivings about following the Lord and looked back as the angel of the Lord led her family out of Sodom (Genesis 19:26) as she turned back she turned into a pillar of salt.
God’s people have to exert self-control to resist thoughts and impulses to look back, fall back, draw back, or go back. Sometimes drawing back is not intentional but occurs slowly. A man’s thoughts start drifting, and his focus turns away from the things of God. As his heart drifts away, his willful decisions follow suit and he finds himself slipping backwards.
In this day and age, the people of God need to be continually exhorted to guard their hearts, their eyes and their feelings to make sure they keep moving toward the Lord. Jesus looked forward to “the joy that was set before Him” and warned the disciples to keep the same focus;
“But Jesus said to him, no one having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God” Luke 9:62.
From the time Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt, they continually moved forward until they entered Canaan. 2016, promise to be a year of challenges, but also of uncommon blessings. Let us pray for each other daily.
Because He Is, I Am