Revelation 3:15-22 NET “‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth! Because you say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and need nothing,” but do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, take my advice and buy gold from me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from me white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness will not be exposed, and buy eye salve to put on your eyes so you can see! All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me. I will grant the one who conquers permission to sit with me on my throne, just as I too conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’””
Many of us say we wish Jesus would come back right now. I know I have. Sometimes what we are saying is we wish that our suffering and/or others sufferings would end right now. We were really saying we cannot wait until this wicked world that causes so much pain and misery ends. That’s understandable. But sometimes while we are wishing that Jesus would come back soon He is pleading with us to come back to Him soon. Some of us have backslidden. Others are not backslidden because they never front slid. They never had a relationship with Jesus to begin with. 😳
If Jesus did come back right now what spiritual state would He find us in? If Jesus comes back and finds us lukewarm our misery will not end, it has just begun and will be magnified a thousand times!😳 Let’s be honest; some of us want the joys of heaven; eternal life, no more pain and suffering, no more working hard and paying bills, etcetera, and we want to enjoy this world to the fullest too. But all of this world’s pleasures are not good. If we straddle the fence when it comes to serving God we will lose out big time. We must make a firm decision to be on God’s side.
BE GLAD HE SEEMS SLOW
One of the worse things about being deceived is sometime you don’t even know you are deceived. We may feel like everything is fine, that all is well, only to find out we’re living inside of our worse nightmare.😳 Here’s to me the worse case scenario:
Matthew 7:21-23 NET ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’”
WOE! Jesus will tell MANY people on judgment day who want to live forever in heaven, “I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!”😳 That’s living inside of your worse nightmare indeed! This will not happen because God is unkind. Could this be happening to some of those lukewarm people Jesus was talking about? Folks that Jesus repeatedly begged to come to Him soon, and they refused to repent?🤔
If we do not have an INTIMATE relationship with God through His son Jesus Christ we don’t really know Him and He doesn’t know us. This intimacy with God is something we must seek. And once we have it we must continue to seek it. Remember, the worse thing about being deceived is sometimes you don’t even know it. It’s not enough to think we are in good standing with God, we must continually seek His face:
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Psalm 105:4 ESV “Seek the Lord and his strength; SEEK HIS PRESENCE CONTIMUALLY!”
If we straddle the fence when it comes to serving God we will lose out big time. We must make a firm decision to be on God’s side.
Pray to God daily. Study His word if just for a few minutes (daily). Fellowship with other believers as often as possible, this will encourage you and me. (Hebrews 10:24-25) Please let the next passage encourage all of us. I hope we see God’s deep love for us all:
2 Peter 3:9-15 ESV “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is PATIENT TOWARD YOU, NOT WISHING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD REACH REPENTANCE. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And COUNT THE PATIENCE OF OUR LORD AS SALVATION, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him.”
“What sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God?” If we are truly striving to live like this (holy and godly lives) depending on the help only the Holy Spirit provides we will not be disappointed when Jesus comes back.😊 “Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.”
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