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Dangerous Drift

Dangerous Drift

15 October 2009

Scripture:

6 I was not in Jerusalem at that time, for I had returned to the king in the thirty-second year of the reign of King Artaxerxes of Babylon, though I later received his permission to return. 7 When I arrived back in Jerusalem and learned the extent of this evil deed of Eliashib… (Nehemiah 13:6-7 NLT)

When Nehemiah came from Babylon, he rallied the leaders and the people and quickly rebuilt the wall and brought fresh passion and order into the spiritual life of Israel. His leadership, sacrifice, and service got things on track and kept things focused.

He went back to Babylon at the King’s orders, possibly for as little as a year, and when he returned he found things had drifted dangerously from the course he had set. An enemy of the Jews had been given a room in God’s Temple; the Levites had gone back to their farms and fields to earn a living; the Sabbath had become just another day in the week. Nehemiah acted quickly and decisively to stop the dangerous drift.

You and I have got to guard against our own dangerous drift. It’s not only the big temptations to terrible sin we have to watch out for. It’s the daily grind, the busyness, the ordinariness of life, the little compromises, the “What does it really matter?”

Here are some things I recommend to guard against dangerous drift:
* Regular, consistent, daily reading and thoughtfully applying God’s Word to my life.
* Quick response to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and convictions.
* Cultivate God-awareness and prayerfulness.
* Become actively involved in a church or group led by truly Godly leadership.
* Develop at least one or two close friendships with people whose attitude and example pulls you forward and doesn’t drag you backward.

Don’t worry if you don’t get them all going right away. Start with one or two and be consistent, then add as you go and grow.

Prayer:

Father, Today I pray for myself and for my friends that you will keep us on track, focused, and passionately pursuing your purpose. You know our tendency to drift. Give us a heart for you above all and wisdom to maintain the disciplines that keep us from drifting dangerously from the path. We love you and want to follow Jesus with all our hearts for all our lives. Amen.

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