Something very serious has been happening to the Body of Christ. We've often let the things which we have heard—the message of faith and righteousness—slip.
I'm not just talking about those believers who've been so surrounded by religion that they've never heard about the power that's theirs in Christ Jesus. I'm talking about those of us who have heard the Word and have known the thrill of living by faith.
In my own life, for example, there were times when I'd pray for healing. I'd say all the right words, "Thank God, I believe I receive..." and all that. But inside I'd be thinking, I wonder why God isn't healing me?
You see, even though I'd said that I believed I was healed, I hadn't really. I'd staggered at the promise of God, believing what my body told me instead of the Word of God.
I don't care how long you've been a believer or how long you've been practicing the principles of faith. You can easily slip into unbelief about the promises of God. And, when you do, it will cost you dearly.
"But if slipping into unbelief is so easy," you may say, "how can we avoid it?"
Hebrews 4:11 tells us: "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."
We must labor! Not by working with our hands and feet or struggling to get God to do something, but by spending time in God's Word—hanging on to the promises of God by faith day after day. We must labor by hearkening to the Word and refusing to let it slip.
Don't get casual about the Word. Don't make the mistake of thinking, Oh I know all that faith stuff. I know how to receive my healing. If you do, you'll slack off and one of these days the devil will catch you unprepared and steal you blind.
Instead, dig more deeply in the Word than ever. Labor! Be diligent to keep your faith from slipping—and you won't have to fall!