Unfurl Your Sails!
Draw back the Hebrew word for draw back is the picture of furled sails. Not lowered because of a storm, but tied down and put away so as to avoid being “driven by the wind”. It is the Greek word: hupostello and means shrinkage (timidity), i.e. (by implication) apostasy: -draw back. it comes from two words : hupo and stello. The prefix “hupo” is suggestive of stealth. Meaning literally to withhold under (out of sight), to cower or shrink, to conceal (reserve), to set fast (stall) to repress (abstain from associating with) to avoid, withdraw self.
What are we “withholding” from the Lord? From His Body? In what area are we refusing to allow the wind of the Spirit to blow us in a direction we “know not”?
In Verse 33 the writer reminds the Hebrews how they joyfully endured ridicule and loss of personal possessions knowing that their heavenly reward was worth so much more. Verse 35 reminds them (after all this time) not to cast off their confidence “which hath great recompence of reward”. The passage of time (vs 36) is for the purpose of producing patience and after we have done the will of God, because we are patient (do not grow weary in well doing…we shall reap if we faint not Gal. 6:9), we will receive the promise.
How do we loose out on the promise? Vs 38 says: “the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
Here’s your confession and your battle cry: “but we are not of those who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” The word translated “unto” means continually. It does not refer to “falling back to…in the direction of…” but a habit of continually furling your sails (resulting in “perdition”).
The word “faith” in verse 38 and the word “believe” in verse 39 are the same word. They both mean: persuation, credence, moral conviction, assurance, belief, faith…That word “saving” is not sozo it is peripoiesis and it means to “possess”. When we walk by faith, unfurling our sails (to the “unknowns” of God), we possess our souls and the wind of the spirit directs our lives into life. When we do not walk by faith our sails are furled and our souls lead us to perdition. Perdition means ruin, loss, destruction, waste, die…
When we refuse to allow ourselves to fall into the “control trap”, but instead unfurl our sails and let the wind of the spirit blow us (walk of faith: know not whence it comes or where it goes Jn 3:8) then we will possess our souls, give God pleasure and not perish.
The same word (draw back) appears in Gal. 2:12 when certain came from James and Peter withdrew and separated (meaning to sever) from eating with (relationship) the gentiles for fear of the Jews. We must not furl our sales when it comes to relationships, not allow ourselves to compromise the truth based on the “fear of man”. Notice that they didn’t “draw back” from just one or two people, but excluded a whole group based on fear and a false sense of holiness. This is also a “control and pride issue”, we want others to think well of us instead of obeying God, humbling ourselves and allowing Him to exalt or further humble us in the eyes of man. Whenever we act differently than who we are in order to gain perceived acceptance, we furl our sails and “He finds no pleasure in us”. It is also possible that Peter and those who went with him fell into the “law and works” trap and ceased to live in the “grace through faith” walk. Saul in the old testament had this problem too:
In 1 Sam. 13:12 Saul is answering Samuel why he offered sacrifices instead of waiting for Saul the word “forced” is also that Hebrew picture: to furl ones’ sails. Saul took matters into his own hands instead of standing firm in the faith (that Samuel – the one anointed for that job – though he tarried would not be late). When we try to do the “portion of another” instead of waiting for God to bring (or raise up) the right person for the job we “furl our sails” and take control. Our lack of trust in the God in one another is one way that we “furl our sails” and prohibit the driving of the wind of the spirit.
Also Acts 20:20, 27 Paul withheld no good thing from them, but freely and openly relayed all that God had given for them. Like Paul we must not withhold showing, teaching, and demonstrating all publicly and house to house even if we think the “hearers” are unreceptive or will misuse the “message”. We are not the ones in “control”! Unfurl your sales and let the Spirit take the lead!
2 Tim. 3:1-5
1 You may as well know this too, Timothy, that in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian.
2 For people will love only themselves and their money; they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad.
3 They will be hardheaded and never give in to others; they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality. They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at those who try to be good.
4 They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride, and prefer good times to worshiping God.
5 They will go to church, yes, but they won’t really believe anything they hear. Don’t be taken in by people like that.
2 Tim 3:1-5 (TLB)
What is the “power”?
The true “power of godliness” is found in salvation: by grace through faith (that’s why vs 5 of 2 Tim 3 is so vital to today’s “church goer”). The power of God unto salvation goes to those who “believe”. Return to Heb. – are we drawing back to perdition or believing to the “saving” of our souls? Salvation comes by grace. Here are some grace verses that will tell you how “saved” your soul is…
Grace is for obedience Rom. 1:5 How is your obedience level? Are you obeing the Word? Or just when you feel like it?
Grace is for standing Rom 5:2 How is your perseverance? Do you quit/give up easily?
Grace brings humility Rom. 12:3 How’s your pride? Can you not “tolerate” someone who doesn’t meet your standards? Are you critical and always picking others and their performance apart? Do you feel you have “rights” that aren’t being afforded to you? How do you react when someone who is supposed to “submit” to you doesn’t?
CHECK YOURSELF! Have you “fallen from grace”? Did you fall back into works? How to know? When you don’t get it you get upset because you feel you’ve “earned it”. Or when you do get it you brag on your “works” and don’t give God ALL the glory.
How are you drawing back and resisting the leading of the Spirit in your life? Your ministry? Your family? Your relationships? What has He asked of you? Are you still doing it?