I’m Writing You a Letter

Jesus is the author of the book of Revelation.  John was the scribe but it all came straight from Jesus in a vision.dec 27 2015 the letters

The letters Jesus wrote to the seven churches provide us some encouragement as well as warnings.  Many of these apply to you and to me today.  Whoever has ears, let them hear. (meaning – If this applies to us, we should listen and respond)

The Church at Ephesus – Great job in not tolerating the wicked!   Great job at persevering!  But you lost the passion you had for me at first.  You need to fan that flame again.  Whoever has ears, let them hear.

The Church at Smyrna – Your suffering and struggles now in myTthings.  Our needs are met and we can become oh so focused on our wants.

And we want ‘more’.

Jesus is saying to us today that we are ‘wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” when we are serving the ‘god of more’.

Our hearts need to burn hot for God so that we become rich in him, clothed by him and our eyes are opened by him.

God wants us to have victory in him.

Eternal life.

With him.

Amen, Hallelujah!

Thank you, Abba Father!

Lukewarm

As the final Revelation begins, John is writing to the 7 churches.  The message that reverberates through my mind is his word to the church of Laodicea –dec 28 2014 lukewarm

Don’t be lukewarm.

Be hot.  Or cold.  But not lukewarm.

He sounded pretty disgusted with this church – saying he would ‘spit’ them out of his mouth.

They were rich and they were acting like they had everything they needed.  But John called them pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

And then he offers them the truth.  He calls them to repentance and reminds them that Jesus is always ready to forgive them and redeem them.

Lukewarm is not a good place to be.  Jesus came to earth to save us and transform us into beacons of light in a lost and broken world.

‘Okay’ is not what we are called to be.  The Holy Spirit wants to set a fire burning within us as we seek to know and love our Abba Father.  As we learn to love and care for each other in Christ’s name.

Is there a fire burning in our hearts?  A fire that burns hot?  A fire that keeps us passionate about following Jesus on this journey towards the truth?

Turn up the heat, dear Father!

 

Lukewarm

Neither hot or cold.

Not sold out.

Not committed.

Little action.

Even less passion.

God tells the church in Laodicea that, because they are lukewarm, he is going to spit them out of his mouth.  He tells them they are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

Wow!  Lukewarm is not where I want to be.  God’s says that he would rather we be cold than lukewarm.

And then he calls us to repentance.Dec 28 2013

He is waiting.

He is standing at the door and knocking.  If we hear his voice and open the door, he will come in and give us a passion for him.

He will help us become sold out about our relationship with him.

He will help us commit to a life-long journey of faith and he will give us the energy we need to put our faith into action.

A passionate journey of faith is often uncomfortable as well as inconvenient.

But there’s nothing lukewarm about it!

Thank you, dear Father!