09/05/21 – We Have A Problem – But Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled!

Scripture – Revelation 3:14-22 “Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea: Thus says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God’s creation: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.”

John 14:1  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Hi fellow believers! It’s so great to have you back again for another blog. If you are back because you enjoy my blogs, gain encouragement and fellowship, then please share with others so that we can help them know that they are not alone, there is still tremendous hope in this dark world, and that Jesus loves us all. Today, I am going to bring back an earlier topic and look at it from another angle. I want to delve back in the the Laodicean Church – God’s church of the present day, and turn this bad news in to glad news. I am asking the Holy Spirit to teach us, as God’s chosen, how to find our way out of the Laodicean’s terminal predicament.

Let’s pray! Heavenly Father, Merciful King, hear our requests for forgiveness, our cries for mercy, our desire to surrender completely and fully to You. Guide and direct us on Your paths of righteousness and at last save us in Your Kingdom. By the blood of the Lamb and Your Holy Spirit, enlighten each of us concerning our blog today. Continue to move us away from the Laodicean lifestyle to one that is pleasing in Your sight, to a life that reflect Jesus. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen!

As Laodiceans, we have a problem. In Revelation 3:14-22 God tells us that, as His last day people, we are blind, our senses are dulled, we need to wake up – we are in need of much spiritual healing. We have a heart condition, a much dreaded disease – and it is not COVID. Oh but that we would fear and guard again this disease as so many do with COVID -this disease of sin. You see, this disease of sin have been around so long we have grown accustom to it, so long that we rarely guard against it. Jesus is knocking, calling us forth to a better way, an eternal way. Yet many are so full of self, of wants, of desires, of the world, they don’t realize their great need for Jesus. Nevertheless Jesus faithfully knocks. Amen!

At this point, I think we can agree that we have identified the problem, so God calls us to move forward, move to the foot of the cross for the solution, put the past illness behind and take the cure – Jesus! A great Christian author, Ellen G White, wrote in Desire of Ages, p 489-490, “Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the word of God or though His messengers is a knock at the door of the heart. It is the voice of Jesus asking for entrance. With every knock unheeded, the disposition becomes weaker. The impressions of the Holy Spirit, if disregarded today, will not be as strong tomorrow.” As with all things, if we continue to focus on the problem, it remains prominent in our lives in our mind. With each day we continue to focus on the problem of sin we move ourselves further away from Jesus the Solution, we distant ourselves from His knocking, His calling. On the other hand, if we turn from the sin disease, the problem, and focus on Jesus, we find our forever solution, our forever purpose. Let’s not get stuck on the problem, rather let’s look to a future of solutions, a future of victories, a future of saved souls.

God calls us to be a people with purpose and our purpose is doing the will of God – spreading the Gospel. When rising in the morning we pray for purpose, thought-out the day we act with purpose, at the end of the day we reminisce about the purposeful events of the day with Jesus. Who did we purpose to speak kind words to, how did we purpose to ease someone’s burden, who did we purposefully pray for and witness to? We thank God for blessing our lives with meaningful, purposeful witness. We thank Jesus for pouring out His blessing through us. We become changed by beholding day after blessed day the purposeful witness Jesus has wrought through us. Oh what a foretaste of Glory Devine!

Today, I was listening to a recent podcast from Flyover Conservatives and a comment their guest speaker, Doug Billings made caught my attention because it feed into my blog. He quoted President Abe Lincoln as telling people his cabinet would never have an ugly man on it. On the surface that sounds wrong, un-Christ like, but Doug went on to explain that Lincoln was referring to the men’s characters. (I have taken the liberty to paraphrase his comment) Those (us included) that follow Jesus have a peaceful, joyous countenance that is a witness in our itself. This Godly countenance makes us glow with an inter beauty that is compelling, that draws lost souls to us, that instills in them a trust in our purpose.

This is the lifestyle that the prophets of old chose. This is the lifestyle that Daniel, Job, John the Baptist, Jesus and His disciples chose. This is the lifestyle I choose to live. By the grace of God, I pray for more purpose each and every day. Is it easy, is it pain free, trouble free? No, but all that fades deeply into the past as we behold and become changed, as we become daily eyewitnesses to what God can do, as we find extraordinary joy in sharing in such a life changing purpose.

Let not our hearts be troubled, purpose to surrender to the will of God. Amen!

Until my next blog, God bless and keep you.

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