"Take heed"lest there be" an evil heart of unbelief..."
How can we please God?
Trust in the Lord and His Word and earnestly seek Him with an obedient
heart: As "without faith it is impossible to please him," we "must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently
seek him" (Heb 11:6). God is true, infallible and absolutely reliable,
and His Word is true, infallible and absolutely reliable; so we must
wholeheartedly trust and obey Him and His Word in all situations
without any doubt or apology. Since God is the Creator and Maker, the
Giver and the Rewarder of all blessings, we must earnestly seek Him
first with an obedient heart, and God will be pleased with us. "But
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you" (Matt 6:33) and "Hath the LORD as great
delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of
the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice"" (1 Sam 15:22).
Take up our cross and follow the Lord: As "they that are in the flesh
cannot please God" (Rom 8:8), we must take up our cross and learn to
die to self, to the flesh and to the world each day (Gal 2:20; 5:24;
6:14) and walk with God in His narrow way. Read Luke 9:23.
Separate ourselves from unbelief: There is no fellowship or communion
between light and darkness (2 Cor 6:14), so we must separate ourselves
from unbelief and anything not pleasing to God. "Take heed, brethren,
lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing
from the living God"So we see that they could not enter in because of
unbelief" (Heb 3:12, 19). We must separate ourselves from anyone (even
church leaders), any doctrine, any argument, any article, any book, or
any website that arrogantly casts doubt on God and His holy Word, "for
whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom 14:23).
THOUGHT: Not believing in God and His Word is sin and evil.
PRAYER: Lord, keep me always trusting in Thee and Thy Word.