For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Hebrews 3:14
Many people believe that once they have been born again, they are saved, and there is nothing else they have to do. But, Paul said to the Hebrews who were saved, “Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger , we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!” Now, some might say well that’s ok, God doesn’t speak to me. Oh, but he has. The Bible is God’s word. He has left it for us, so we will know Him and what He expects if us. He has many things to say to those who have been saved. It may be that you are saved forever, an idea I believe in, but your life as a Christian has just begun, and there are rules, work, and commands for the Christian.
This verse is about staying faithful. Paul says to the Hebrews if you are faithful and if you trust God to the end, you will share in everything Christ has. That is an amazing promise. But once you are saved Satan will attack you and do everything he can to take you away from God. If you hear Satan trying to plant doubt in your mind, tell him to stop and leave you alone in Jesus’s name. Remind him that Jesus has already defeated him and you refuse to listen to him. In this way, you will stay faithful, but the verse also says to trust God just as firmly as you did in the beginning. Trust that He is there with you, that He will answer your prayers, and that He will strengthen you. You must trust Him as you did when you first believed.
What makes us waver in our faith or in trusting God? Satan loves to attack us at our weakest point. One of his favorites is to tell us that our belief isn’t logical especially if you are the type of person that likes things to be logical. You might be reading the Bible, and a voice in your mind might say, now wait a minute, that doesn’t make any sense. Or, even more deceptive, sure, but that’s not God, that’s just common sense. Don’t listen. This is Satan trying to convince you that the Bible is not the true word of God. Tell him to get out of your head in Jesus’s name. You will be amazed how fast he will leave, but don’t stop being vigilant, he will most likely return.
If you are the sensitive, sympathetic type, and nothing wrong with being that way, and you are reading say Lamentations or some of the prophets, you may hear that voice say, oh, no, my God couldn’t do something like that. This can’t be. But remember he isn’t your God in the sense that you can make him into the way you want him to be. He is God, and His ways are above ours. Romans 11:33 says, “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!” And, Proverbs 14:14 from God’s Word translation says, “A heart that turns [from God] becomes bored with its own ways, but a good person is satisfied with God’s ways.” When I read something that hurts my senses and makes me wonder how could God do that, I remember that His ways are above mine, and one day I will be able to see things differently. I tell myself we don’t know everything like He does. And my job is to take God at his word.
I know every bit of the Bible is true. It can be skewed a bit by translations, but you can use many Internet sources to look at a verse in many different traslations and even look at the Greek and Hebrew words. Bible Hub is one site that is a great find and even allows you to look at many different commentaries on the verses also. It is on the web, and it comes in a great app. To read why I know the Bible is true read My Salvation.
What will help build your faith and help you trust Him, so you can share in the belongings of Jesus? It is the same thing you have heard many times, but you have heard it so much because it is so powerful. It is reading the word of God, everyday. Pray first. Ask God to open your heart so you can get what he wants you to from the verses you read.
John wrote, “But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.” 1 John 2:27 Believe this and know that as you read the Holy Spirit will teach you what you need to know.
If nothing makes sense get a newer translation. It isn’t easy reading English from the 18th century. It’s almost like a foreign language to some. Check out the Standard English or the Living Language Translation. Some are available on Kindle for free. The Holy Spirit will guide you. Read a little, read a lot. Start at the beginning, start in the middle or start at the end. It’s all wonderful. Your job is just to read some each day. I pray that you will begin to make Bible reading an everyday affair.