Something I have been pondering on lately is a verse that came to mind:
Heb 6:4 "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted the heavenly gift and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and put Him to an open shame."
It is a powerful scripture and one that brings with it a judgement that will happen and so I have been pondering it in the light of the 'grace' thinking that is going around and what is our part to play in our relationship with the Lord and the covenant we are now walking in with the Lord.
I believe for myself that once you have tasted of the true heavenly gift, you so want to remain in that place with the Lord because actually nothing else matters in life and yet I also know for myself how easy it is to wander away from truth that sets me free down a path of deception or temptation that I no longer do what I know is right to do in the Holy Spirit.
I have no answers here yet but wanting to share my ponderings as it is a verse that the Lord has brought to mind.
Heb 10:26 "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgement and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that has sanctified him and who has insulted the Spirit of Grace?
For we know him who said 'It is mine to avenge, I will repay' and again "The Lord will judge his people". It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
At this time in the spirit there is a call to persevere in the things of God, to keep going and not give up, and at times this is not easy to do but I really want to encourage you in this.
Heb 10:32 continues "remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution, at other times you stood side by side with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."
God has promised us so much and yet we give up at some of the hurdles we come across and we throw away our confidence that we had at first and we succumb to temptations in all sorts of ways, such as unforgiveness, bitterness, laziness, gluttony, give up on promises that have been given, whatever it may be, and in these times we can succumb to insulting the spirit of grace without even realising it. And when we continue in these things we no longer receive the blessing that has been promised through the new and living covenant which when we look back to what we first received and how we first felt in the Lord, realise how amazing and beautiful it is.
Let me encourage to keep going because as it says "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." He wants to give us so much blessing it is too much to contain!