Fire for the Lukewarm

Revelation 3:20   (KJV)   20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

It’s always gratifyingly comforting to know that our precious Lord Jesus wants to be constantly with us. He gave us His word: He will never leave or forsake us: He will be with us to the end of the age. People don’t always have the same level of appreciation for this. revelation-3-20-fire-for-the-lukewarmThere are those who don’t believe His existence; there are those who prefer Him not to exist; there are those who pursue morality, but they reject Christ.

Then there’s the church. In the church, we find those who still make wrong decisions and who pursue wrong priorities. Our best will still fall short. God will always be true and faithful; the church wants to be but isn’t always. There are those who lose their steam, their fire, their passion. Somehow, they get taken over by different interests, like material possessions, or even immoral desires.

Ungodliness belongs to the world, not the church. We fall; God knows and understands we will; He knows our frame; He knows our weaknesses. But He’s not pleased when we sit (stay) in the seat of the scornful. He’s particularly clear about this: He spews out the lukewarm. We don’t ever want to find ourselves in this dangerous state; we don’t want to face the Lord and realize that we’re wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. Our eyes our set on true riches: the Pearl of Great Price. And our feet are set on the straight and narrow.

For those who humbly find themselves in this fearfully risky stage of lingering in wrong priority and desire, linger no more; there’s hope. Jesus, in His amazingly enduring patience and love, is knocking. It’s best to open the door, let Him come in, and let Him take His rightful place seated on your life’s throne. He will kindle the fire of your godly passion once again.

Never Alone

John 8:29   (KJV)   29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

The beloved Son, JesuJohn 8.29 - Never alone - 2s, willingly came as He was sent by His loving Father. He was never alone though; this may be hard to understand for some, but the Sender was also with the Sent. The Father’s presence in our Lord Jesus is universally accepted among believers. However, the reason He gives is a matter of contention for some. Jesus affirms that the reason for His Father’s presence in His life is His obedience.

There is much value in pleasing God; that’s always the case for a lover. God has given everything we need for life and godliness; He has given us everything for our enjoyment. All those are natural expressions of His amazing love for us. We love Him too, albeit, totally much less than He does us. But love Him, we do. And because we do, it’s our wholehearted desire to please Him. We come up short every now and then, rather, often perhaps, but it doesn’t change our desire to please Him.

God is everywhere; He’s with everyone. One of the wonderful blessings of being a believer is receiving the high honor of becoming God’s temple. He’s not only with us; He’s in us. If doing the things that please Him is one of the reasons for it, the more we ought to please Him. How does it play in the grand scheme of His promise of not leaving and forsaking us? Is His promise anchored on a condition? It seemingly is. But we’re not worried. Real believers are passionate pursuers of the condition anyway. We as believers live for His pleasure.

 

Here for the Brokenhearted

Psalm 34:18   (KJV)   18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

God is as close to us as could possibly be; He’s with us; for believers, He’s in us. But somehow, there is still a special kind of closeness we experience when we’re brokenhearted.

When we’re brokenhearted, that’s when we need comfort the most; that’s when we need someone to be with us the most. We rest assured; we can always count on God. He never disappoints us. He never leaves us.

It’s possible for believers to be brokenhearted and to be contrite in spirit. It’s also an experience unbelievers go through. The difference is, we are aware of His presence, and that’s the difference between peace and turmoil.

His nearness and his salvation are more than enough assurances for us to brave broken heart and extreme pressure.

There is no time when we go through our troubles alone. There is no time when God doesn’t save us.