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October 16, 2020

Drift Prevention

Watch Pastor Kerry’s Devo

“They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt.”
Psalm 106:21 (NIV)

Israel suffered from spiritual amnesia. The Psalmist says, “They forgot the God who saved them …” Despite the great things He had done for them defeating the gods of Egypt with the ten plagues and establishing a nation out of a group of slaves, Israel drifted when they forgot their salvation. Have you forgotten your own salvation? The price Jesus paid to deliver you and set you free from sin, from the hurts and habits and hang-ups that once enslaved you?

One of the occupational hazards of our faith is how easy it is to forget our own salvation and begin to drift away from God. The writer of Hebrews must have had this in mind when he wrote this in Hebrews 2:1-3 (NLT/NKJV) “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we (neglect) this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?”

Warren Wiersbe, a noted author and pastor said, “This admonition is written to believers, for the writer includes himself when he writes ‘we.’ The danger here is that of neglecting our salvation. Please note that the author did not write “rejecting” but “neglecting.” He is not encouraging sinners to become Christians; rather, he is encouraging Christians to pay attention to the great salvation they have received from the Lord.” 

The penalty for neglecting and forgetting their own salvation was severe. Had not Moses stepped in to intercede for the people, God said He would have destroyed them in Psalm 106:23. The writer of Hebrews warns us that we will not escape if we neglect our own salvation by forgetting the price Jesus paid to ransom us.  Peter reminded Christ followers, “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom He paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)

When I find myself taking my salvation for granted, forgetting what my Savior did for me, I’m reminded of an old hymn that brings me back –

Lead Me to Calvary
King of my life, I crown Thee now
Thine shall the glory be
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow
Lead me to Calvary

Lest I forget Gethsemane
Lest I forget Thine agony
Lest I forget Thy love for me
Lead me to Calvary

May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee
Even Thy cup of grief to share
Thou hast borne all for me

Lest I forget Gethsemane
Lest I forget Thine agony
Lest I forget Thy love for me
Lead me to Calvary

Oh God, lead me to Calvary. Help me never forget the price You paid for my salvation. Forgive me for the times I’ve taken for granted all You’ve done to rescue me. Thank You for loving me enough to die for me and rise again to share Your saving life with me!