Whenever you get a group of preachers or elders together the conversation will inevitably turn to problems in the church. Some think that people not being faithful in attending all the services of the church is the biggest problem the church faces. Others think that our greatest problem is people not doing enough bible study or not being active enough in the work of the church. Actually, none of these is actually the problem that the church has, rather, they are symptoms of the problem. The only real problem that the church has is that people don't really believe that God means what He says. Oh, they will certainly say that they believe in God and most would claim that they believe that we should be obedient to God’s commands. However, believing in God and believing that God really means what He says are not the same thing. In Titus 1:16 Paul speaks of those who, ”profess to know God, but in works they deny Him.” Actions speak louder than words.
In Hebrews chapter 3 the Hebrew writer uses the Israelites as an example for us. He shows that real belief and obedience are inseparably connected. If you don’t obey, it is because you really don’t believe. “And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:18-19). If one really believes what God said in Hebrews 10:25 they will not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together”. If we really believe that the bible is the only guide we have from earth to heaven, we will study it to find out what God wants us to do. If we really believe that there is a heaven to be gained and a hell to be shunned, we will do the best we can to be obedient to God’s word and we will encourage others to do so as well. In Romans 4:20-21 speaking of Abraham, the apostle Paul wrote, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” Let us do the same. “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God”.