Matthew 23:37-38 –
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!” ~ ~ ~
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
I know your deeds, 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 will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
I awakened from a nap today, then scenes from my past, that caused me great grief and pain came into my mind. The pain and the tears of those memories hurt.
I started praying and seeking the LORD, thinking “this is a spiritual attack.”
Yes, it may have been a spiritual attack, but it went into deep intercession from there and I then gained understanding:
I was feeling the pain and the grief of the LORD Jesus, over those who are living a superficial, lukewarm life.
It’s easy to stay in a shallow form of religion and maintain one’s life, while claiming the name of Jesus, than to fully surrender ALL parts of one’s being and die to self daily. It’s in this “dying to self” that the relationship with Jesus comes alive.
The Scriptures clearly tell us in Matthew 16:24-27 –
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.”
WHAT GRIEVES THE HEART OF THE LORD JESUS?
The majority of professing Christians do NOT know Him and are NOT denying self, picking up their cross and following Him. These superficial, lukewarm individuals WILL fall away in the days ahead and THIS GRIEVES HIM!!!
Too many are clinging to their lives, doctrines, opinions, past hurts, politics, rituals, hobbies, family, career, money and more. . . AND NOT CLINGING TO JESUS FIRST!!!! He has become a secondary, social part of the lives of these superficial, lukewarm individuals, who seek an ear-tickling false gospel.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE A “LUKEWARM, SUPERFICIAL CHRISTIAN”?
The answer to the question is a question you can ask yourself. Let the Holy Spirit search your heart and bring to mind the answer, then let Him lead you from there. Here’s the question:
“Am I in love with Jesus”?
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