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Guarding Against Familiarity

“The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Hebrews 4:2). Familiarity is a passive act of mentally agreeing with truth, while choosing not to act upon or experience it.

First we must experience education through the Word and the Spirit; however, adjustment to God’s plan through appropriation of grace must follow in order to experience true, inner growth. Watch carelessness and a wandering mind. Be sensitive to what God is guiding you into today. If you are watchful and sensitive to what God is guiding you into today, you will not become familiar with what you think, say or do. Divine guidance is imperative for this process so that God can pick up and fulfill the responsibility that our flesh is unable to fulfill.

There are no mundane things of life. Cultivate a sacred attitude toward each moment, each day, and each thought. Do not take your fellowship or relationships lightly. Once you purpose something in your heart, it can no longer be used as an area of temptation. As you stand guard against the passive acts of life and the world’s tendency to familiarity, it will protect your soul’s capacity for growth.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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