Hot, cold or lukewarm?

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.

So then because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)

Warning!

Observe that there are three categories listed. Cold, Hot and Lukewarm. Also observe what Jesus is saying…”I know your works…”

Folks, this is serious business here. To be cold is to be completely indifferent to the things of God (lost, unsaved). Lukewarm is even worse…because a lukewarm person knows just enough scripture and churchianity to be completely deceived…and many remain in that state. They know or understand things about God, but are still indifferent to the things of God. That is…they live for themselves. They are lovers of self rather than lovers of God, and this fruit will manifest itself in the life of these “believers”.

The final category is HOT. This is where we should all be, if we name the name of Christ as our Lord and Savior. We should be consumed with HIM. He should be in our thoughts, in our speech and in our actions. A HOT Saint will live a vibrant and productive life for the Kingdom of God and they will spend themselves to advance His kingdom on this earth. They will burn brightly, proclaiming the TRUTH and the world will hate them…because the world hated HIM first. If we are indeed His children…we will do as He did…and we will suffer the same rejections, indignation, insults, suffering and persecution that He suffered.

So…here is the question: examine your Christianity. What category do you fit in? If you are having a hard time discerning…then it’s probably NOT good. Here is Jesus’ words to you:

“I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:18-19)

– via Valiant Christianity


On my heart…

I’ll let God’s Word speak for itself:

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

– Romans 1:16-32


The Narrow Road…

Are you on the narrow road?  Will you enter by the narrow gate?  Are you working out your salvation with fear and trembling?

Or are you on the wide road to destruction?  Which leads to the very gates of hell…

I had a dream a short while ago that has stuck with me.  I believe God was using it to speak to me.  I’ve had dreams for years (since I was around 8 years old) about Jesus coming back.  He’s been preparing me to speak, to call others to repentance and to holiness…

In this recent dream,

I found myself inside a large building.  I was on the right side of the building, making my way up a rocky and very challenging path.  It was extremely hard going and required great exertion and dedication to make progress upwards. 

As I was slowly making my way up the trail…

I observed people on my left who also appeared to be going in the same direction, but their way was easy and wide, free of the obstacles and challenges in mine.  They were walking along together, two or three at a time, talking and laughing and making what looked like quick progress.  They took no notice of me.  I continued climbing slowly up the path before me, seemingly alone. I finally reached the end and felt great accomplishment and satisfaction in having made it.

Shortly thereafter, I found myself standing in front of this great building, which contained the two paths that I had seen, talking with the owner and operator of the building.  I believe he commended me on my journey, and then he told me to tell others to take the hard way as well.

The dream seems very self-explanatory in the light of scripture:

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14 NASB

And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” – Luke 13:23-24 NASB

“A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it.” – Isaiah 35:8 NASB

So I implore you to examine yourself and your walk, to be sure you are on the narrow road, so that you can enter by the narrow gate.  It is not easy, but it is the way of Holiness that will lead us home to our Lord.  We must be holy as He is holy!  Do not conform to this sinful world or you will partake in its destruction.  GO THE HARD WAY!!!


Watch & pray! Be alert!

“So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be ALERT and sober… Take heed, WATCH and PRAY, for you do not know when that time is…. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man…

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it has from the beginning of creation.” But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

-1 Thess 5:6, Mark 13:33, Luke 21:36, 2 Peter 3:3,4,8,9,11, 14-18


Skin on bones!

Now you are most likely, and for good reason, wondering what the title of this post is all about.  They are words of profound insight from our not quite 5 year old.  If at first they don’t hit you, just ponder them for a bit…

Earlier tonight before we put the littles to bed, the younger two were playing with Daddy, and I was practicing some reading with our oldest.  We were reading a simple storybook Bible for toddlers.  He first impressed me with his reading of the word ‘beautiful,’ with no input from me whatsoever, in its description of the garden that God placed Adam & Eve.  I was amazed!  He really is a natural reader.

Then after we read a couple of stories, he was flipping through the book and stopped on a page about the birth of Jesus.  I asked who the baby in the manger was, to which he quickly responded, “Jesus.”  I then had him read the takeaway message at the end, which said, “God sent His Son for me.”  I asked him what that meant, and he promptly replied, “Skin on bones!”

It truly gave me pause, as I had no idea where it came from.  I repeated it aloud to my hubby, who was equally surprised and asked our son where he got that.  And he just shrugged and said something like, “I don’t know. God came with skin on bones to do good.”  And that was all he had to say…

And I am still pondering it in my heart hours after he is asleep in bed.

Postscript: Hubby said there is definitely no antichrist spirit in our house, haha.


Is Damascus next?

Something that’s been on my mind alot lately — Will the prophecy of the destruction of Damascus be fulfilled in the near future? I have never in my life seen Damascus mentioned in the news so often, as I have in the last 6 months or so!

Damascus is known to be one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, thus this prophecy has yet to be fulfilled…

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” – Isaiah 17:1

-originally posted to Flickr by upyernoz at http://flickr.com/photos/48600082269@N01/48691572-

Praying for as many people to be spared as possible! 😦


Some Love…

A little excursion from our usual to share a bit of lovin’ with everyone.
Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

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I will NOT call it a choice!

So last night I was laying in bed thinking about how I was very nearly one of the 52 million babies that have been killed in their mother’s wombs, denied the right to life, since Roe v Wade 39 years ago yesterday. It’s overwhelming really.

Every single person in my mother’s life including my grandparents told her to abort me, yet she for some reason spared me… this despite aborting two babies before me and one after me… Why me? A question I’ve pondered many times… biological father unknown… the possible result of rape. But you know, how I was conceived does not diminish my humanity or my value as a person, neither did my location of residence before I was born.

The holocaust of babies killed in the womb – the place that is to be their safe haven from the world, protected by their mothers until they are ready to meet the world, has become the most dangerous place for a baby to be – is an unconscionable travesty of our times!

We know SO much more about fetal development now than we did back in the 70’s when this abhorrent practice became legal. We are now without excuse. Funny how when the baby isn’t wanted, it’s simply a fetus, meaningless tissue to be disposed of, yet when it is wanted, it’s always a baby and never called a fetus. Semantics. To make people feel better & justify what they are doing. Babies are not tissues, like a tumor, they have hearts and organs and we know they feel pain in the womb. (Watch “The Silent Scream”)

I will not justify murder and excuse it. Nor will I call it a choice. It’s not a woman choosing to remove a tumor from her body, but a developing human child. Wrong. And we will be accountable to God.

That said, if you have ever had an abortion, there is forgiveness in Jesus if you confess it to Him & ask Him to forgive you. There are also people you can talk to. Here’s one such place – http://www.safehavenministries.com/ There are many, just google post abortion support. My hugs & prayers are with you ♥

Also, there is also support for men who have been affected by abortion too, such as http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/ And you can also google post abortion support for men (or dads) for more resources, whether you had a say in the abortion or not. *hugs & prayers*


On the edge…

Anyone else feel unsettled?  A growing sense of urgency?  Like we’ve reached the edge?  On the precipice.  At  a pinnacle…

There is just SO much going on right now.


Not alone.

Like so many bloggers, now that we have a blog, it hasn’t been touched.  It’s so clean, so untouched, so daunting.  What is this blog’s purpose?  Why the need for yet another blog on the world wide web?  Why now?

The main purpose of this blog is to let you know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  Not alone in your struggles, not alone in your faith, not alone in your failures, not alone in your loneliness, not alone in your feelings, not alone in the chaos, not alone in the storm… not alone, even as it seems the world is closing in, even as the darkness grows, even as the end draws near.

We’re here with you.  Your Creator is closer than your next breath, the next word, the next thought.  You were never alone.

On the flip side, this blog is not here to flatter you and make you feel good.  It is not hear to tickle your ears with pleasantries.

This blog is here to speak the truth, plainly, directly, and in love.  Truth hurts.  Truth offends.  Truth wounds.  Yet the truth brings healing and freedom that this world cannot offer you.

This blog is here to wake you up!  To warn the masses. To be a beacon of light in the overspreading darkness of these days.

We hope it will challenge you.  Confront you.  Convict you.

Our prayer and heart’s cry for you is repentance, redemption and hope.

Only to be found in  Jesus Christ.  Yeshua HaMashiach.  Jesus the Messiah.

 


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