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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Avoiding Apathy

Avoiding Apathy
 
 
In Revelation chapter 3 beginning at verse 14 we find the instruction or should we say rebuke that is sent to the church of Laodicea. Many Bible prophecy teachers have taught that these 7 letters to 7 churches are 7 dispensations. In other words the church of Jesus Christ, according to their teachings, was ordained by God to go through these 7 periods of time when it would be in some sort of mess and the last mess would be a lukewarm church that is ready to be vomited out by Christ yet he is suppose to sneak in to earth someway and rapture out this messed up church that somehow becomes his glorious church that has no blemish, spot, or wrinkle. All that doesn’t make sense, does it? No, it doesn’t.
God has never and will never ordain His church to backsliding and becoming lukewarm. What we must see here is that it is possible for any and all believers to become lukewarm if steps are not taken to avoid it.
We see from the start that the Amen is the authority here and has the right to rebuke us and correct us. He is the beginning of the creation of God and the beginning of the recreation of God. In the beginning was the Word, the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The Word, Jesus was crucified in our place and took upon himself the sin for us all. He became sin for us that we could become his righteousness. He is the faithful and true witness in the earth. But we for the most part are far form being that. We are better known for our messes than we are being like Christ. Yet we are the beginning of the recreation of God. If we are in Christ, the old is passed away and all things are become new. We are new creatures in Jesus Christ! We are suppose to be a church that is so much like Christ that we become His bride by being holy, spotless, wrinkle free, no blemishes and glorious. Not by our own doing but by His working in us. If we become or are lukewarm already, how can these things be? A lukewarm person and/lukewarm church is one that is being set up for deception and will be apt to go for anything that offers a display of power. Luke warmness will begin to say what it is instead of what Christ is to them. Pride and arrogance will soon set in and a fall is going to happen.
Apathy will be manifested by works done out of routine instead of heart felt Holy Spirit call and anointing. Apathy will have a form of Godliness, but deny the power thereof. Apathy will produce works of obligation instead of deeds of love and caring from a life that has been given to Christ.
Spiritual blindness will set in to the degree that we can’t see ourselves the way we really are. We begin to only see how well off we are instead of how needy we are. After we find ourselves exalting ourselves instead of Christ, what we’ve accomplished by our buildings, programs, etc. If apathy is really in control the boasting will take on the air of Nebechanezer when he claimed to have gotten all his wealth and kingdom by the power of his own hand. We know that he became like an ox eating straw and not in his right mind. People in apathy are not in their right mind either because it is so foolish to fall away form Christ. 
 
 If apathy is really in control the boasting will take on the air of Nebechanezer when he claimed to have gotten all his wealth and kingdom by the power of his own hand. We know that he became like an ox eating straw and not in his right mind. People in apathy are not in their right mind either because it is so foolish to fall away from Christ. Wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked is the result of this prideful display of self-confidence and the saddest part is that after times people don’t ever know their in this pitiful shape for their spiritual eyes are blind and ears can not hear what the Spirit is saying.
The scriptures tell us that there will be a departure from the faith is the last days. But this will be because believers gave heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. The scripture also warns us that satan has ministers that claim to be ministers of righteousness. Now while we are here, let’s also consider that God never meant for people in the church to become TV celebrities as we have today. Many years ago when people first began to use television and radio to preach the gospel of Christ, they were genuine in their effort to reach people. Their motivation was to get people born again. Today we have something quiet different in television ministry. Most of it today resembles a Broadway play on some stage show then is does Christ and there is always the appeal for money so much so that there is more maliputive effort put into trying to get away than there is in trying to give real quality ministry.
Because of people that have become celebrities, many church people believe everything they say and do is from God, when is reality a great deal of it isn’t. You see there’s always the pressure there for them to perform. There’s always the need to have some new thing that is more exciting than the last. If this is whet we follow, we are setting ourselves up for a fall. While there are some people in television and radio ministry, etc that are real and can be trusted, it is our responsibility to examine and pray over what we are given as being truth form God. This holds true for ministers in local church pulpits too, including mine. We must be careful to not put people in a higher position than they are supposed to be but esteem others better than ourselves and guard our hearts with all diligence, for out of it comes the issues of life.
The only counsel that is to be followed completely in Christ’s. He says to us to buy form Him gold that is tried in the fire, pure riches that will not fade away. He offers us white raiment that is His very own righteousness. We can wear it and be glad. He gives us revelation so we can see the things that He has prepared for us and freely gives us to enjoy. He calls us to repentance so we can avoid becoming lukewarm. While we stay clear in spirit and life. His call for us to fellowship with him is the call of love and life. In the fire of his presence we will always be hot, never just lukewarm and definitely not cold. We are given a glimpse of the reward for over comers. How much better it is than any thing this present world has to offer.
Since Jesus already knows us and our works, wouldn’t it just make good sense to simply come clean with him and let our lives be for his glory?
He’s knocking on your door!