The one thing in life we CANNOT do without is a relationship with God, yet our fleshly desires keep trying to con us into thinking there are better choices/options for our lives than being close to Jesus. There are many potential distractions: money, work, sex, sports, entertainment, technology, possessions, politics, people, and many other things. Satan is a snake in the grass and the father of lies but we are the gullible people who fall into his traps because we do not keep our eyes on the cross. The cross! The cross! The cross! We need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus and His sacrifice for our salvation that leads to eternal life. The writer to the Hebrew Christians tells them multiple times that JESUS IS BETTER.

In Hebrews 5:12 the struggling Hebrew Christians should have matured spiritually to the point of being able to teach others but instead they are like babies who need milk not meat. The remedy for them is seen in Hebrews 12: “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2). The best solution to spiritual immaturity and the sin problem is to focus and fix our eyes on Jesus. Think on the cross – dwell on the cross – make your life be allllll about the cross of Christ.

Nothing will put the heartbeat back into our spiritual lives like spending time with Jesus. Read the gospels, listen to spiritual songs about Jesus, pray to Jesus (John 14:14), read devotional materials that revolve around Jesus and you will have a strong heartbeat for your relationship with the Lord.

Read Romans 5:1-11 and listen very carefully to the words in the song Heartbeat by Remedy Drive. Then have a powerfully convicted day close to Jesus.

Romans 5:1-11

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

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