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111. Don’t Drift Away

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Are you engaged with God’s Word? Are you fixing your eyes on Jesus? Do you know that Hebrews 2:1 gives you a warning about the importance of paying attention so you do not drift off course? Tune in to this episode as I share the importance of fixing your eyes on Christ and clinging to God’s Word. I share practical ways to stay the course so you don’t end up falling away from Jesus.

Show Notes:

Bible Verses:

“This is why it is so crucial that we be all the more engaged and attentive to the truths that we have heard so that we do not drift off course.” Hebrews 2:1

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. “ Hebrews 2:1

“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16

“You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.”  Revelation 3:15-16

“Lovers of God hunger after truth, but those without understanding feast on foolishness and don’t even realize it.” Proverbs 15:14

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Eph. 6:10-18

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” NIV Proverbs 4:26-27

“Watch where you’re going! Stick to the path of truth, and the road will be safe and smooth before you. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment or take the detour that leads to darkness.” Proverbs 4:26-27

“We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection” or as another translation says, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 11:2

Topics Discussed:

Losing Sight

  • We may think we can go one day or one week without being in God’s Word, but if we take our eyes off Jesus, we will drift off course.
  • It is important to gaze our eyes on Jesus
  • Look away from the natural realm.
  • Stick to the path of truth.
  • It is a slow fade. It doesn’t happen overnight.
  • We need to be alert, awake and sober minded.
  • We need to do whatever it takes to stay on course.

Lukewarm Christianity

  • Jesus doesn’t love when we are in the middle.
  • Lukewarm Christianity makes God want to vomit.
  • God is looking for passionate laid down lovers. He’s looking for those who love Him and are fixing their eyes on Him.

Practical Ways to Stay the Course and Focused on Jesus

  • Guard our hearts.
  • Guard our minds.
  • Renew our minds with the truth of God’s Word.
  • Read Scripture.
  • Put on the full armor of God.

Powerful Quotes:

“Losing sight, even for just a moment, will cause you to go off course.” – Caroline Harries

“If we take our eyes off Jesus, we will drift off course.” – Caroline Harries

“One moment will get you off course.” – Caroline Harries

“We don’t drift off course overnight. It is a very slow fade.” – Caroline Harries

“The things of this world have become more attractive than the truth of God’s Word to many of His people.” – Caroline Harries

“Lukewarm Christianity that is not on the course, fixing their eyes on Jesus makes God want to vomit.” – Caroline Harries

“The most important thing you can do is guard your heart because the overflow of your life is all what is actually in your heart.” – Caroline Harries

“When our hearts are healed, the overflow of that will produce good things.” – Caroline Harries

“The best way we can guard our hearts and our minds is to be in God’s Word.” – Caroline Harries

“What you read, watch, listen to and who you hang out with will have a direct impact on you.” – Caroline Harries

“If you want to follow Jesus, you’re going to have to count the cost.” – Caroline Harries

“Any believer that is not in the Word, will fade away.” – Caroline Harries

“There are consequences if you do not keep your eyes focused on Jesus.” – Caroline Harries

“If you pay attention, you won’t drift away.” – Caroline Harries

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