Matthew 24:12-13 NLT “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
We often forget that this is part of the sign of the end times; sin will be so rampant that people’s love will grow cold. Some people are as unfeeling as a rock. But has this happened to you? Has it happened to me? Can it happen to us without us even knowing it?😳
Revelation 2:4 NLT “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!”
Right after commending the Ephesus church for their labor in the Lord, their patient endurance, not tolerating evil people, and their testing those claiming to be apostles but finding them out to be liars, right after commending them for all of these good things Jesus said to them, “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!”😳 They had lost their first love. The church was in trouble, more trouble than they knew. How easy it is to get so caught up in spotting and exposing false prophets and not be practicing the love that God requires of us. How easy it is to get caught up in our good works, what we do for God, our spiritual projects, not tolerating evil people yet we don’t have the love we once had when we first believed. All this will be to no avail if we do not repent. We must have hot, burning, love for God and for one another.
THE PERFECT CHALLENGE
Matthew 5:47-48 NLT “If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Some may say, “I treat my brethren good all the time,” and that’s good but there’s more to be done Jesus says. He says we must be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. If we read Matthew 5:43-48 and get more context of the passage above we see that Jesus is teaching us what it means to be perfect in God’s eyes. Yes, PERFECT. Loving so hard that we love not only our brethren but even our enemies is what God considers perfection, and desires from us. This indeed is the perfect challenge. Satan’s goal is to make us as hard and unfeeling as a rock, to make us like him. What will we do? Will we grow and become like our Heavenly Father who makes his sun rise and His rain come down on His children and the wicked. Or will we become like Satan who doesn’t love anybody?😡 Yes indeed, this is the perfect challenge.
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When asked this question many Christians will say things like, “No, I speak up for my Lord, I’m a soldier for Christ!”😠 etcetera. But let me ask this question another way: Do you worry that if you say what the Bible says exactly the way it says it, you might hurt somebody’s feelings? If the answer is, “Yes,” you’re afraid to tell the truth. And if we remain in that state Satan’s TRICK has worked on you or me. Jesus says it’s THE TRUTH that sets us free. (John 8:32) Now ain’t nobody getting set free because people entrusted with the truth are walking around on eggshells afraid of hurting someone’s feelings. Brilliant Satan real brilliant.
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I woke up this morning with this strongly on my heart and mind and believe I am supposed to say it. You know the saddest thing is to think you have a close relationship with God and you’re going against Him by ignoring His word. God may use another to show us with solid scriptures that our actions, desires, goals, aspirations don’t line up with His word and we shrug it off like, “So what?” and continue on our way. The Bible says the one who hates correction is stupid:
Proverbs 12:1 KJV “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.”
This makes me very sad. Why? Because I know that the owner of this attitude is headed for hell.😓 How are we serving the God of the Bible when we refuse to accept what the Bible says? We’re not. We’re serving our own lust and we’re using God to do it. A huge mistake.
Then Satan gets in our heads and tells us things like, “You’re right, they’re all wrong. Look at how BLESSED you are. Look at everything God has BLESSED you with. Look at what you have. Would you have all this if God was displeased with you?” Yes Satan gets us to look at ourselves and our material possessions and view them as evidence that God must be pleased with us. And you know why it’s so easy to fall for this trick? Because again we don’t respect the Bible, that’s evident by the fact that we reject Biblical counsel. If we were really seeking God’s glory He would reveal certain things to us, things like He is a generous giver and not only to His children. God is known for giving liberally even to His enemies. Remember, “Jacob I loved, Esau I hated?” (Romans 9:13) Though Jacob got the birthright blessing God still blessed Esau materially. Yet he was God’s enemy.🤔 Pharaoh was God’s enemy too and he was blessed with plenty, so was Herod. We could go on and on about enemies of God whom God allowed to amass great wealth. So having plenty materially is not the barometer that one has God’s approval. In fact most of the righteous in the Bible are said to have very little. But they have God.😊
James 1:9 NLT “Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them.”
James 1:9 KJV “Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 NLT “Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”
Dear brothers and sisters if someone (ANYONE) shows us scripture that contradicts our actions, goals, desires, aspirations, etcetera, don’t you know that God is using them to help you?🤔 We ALL get it wrong sometimes. Receiving godly counsel is all a part of this walk. Let us please accept Biblical counsel and repent when we see that what we want and what the scriptures say are at odds. We don’t lose cool points with God because we got it wrong. We sin daily. God knows that. (Romans 3:23) Remember, Jesus disciples got it wrong often, even leaving Him all alone in his darkest hour. Yet he lovingly corrected and forgave them. We gain cool points with God when we show that we can readily accept Biblical correction.😊 Otherwise what we are doing is not really unto God, it’s all about self.
Proverbs 10:17 TPT “If you readily receive correction, you are walking on the path to life. But if you reject rebuke, you’re guaranteed to go astray.”
Proverbs 27:5 KJV “Open rebuke is better Than secret love.”
Proverbs 15:10 KJV “Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.”
Have we forsaken the way?🤔 Has Satan tricked us into thinking we have a good relationship with God when we don’t, which is evident by the fact that we despise someone using the Bible to correct us?🤔 Remember, all we have to do is confess it to God and repent and HE WILL FORGIVE US.😊 Let’s get back on the path to life.😊 I love you which is why I wrote this. I’m fighting hard to follow this counsel too.
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