Revelation 19:6-8 –
Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”
“The Holy Spirit ‘SPA TREATMENT’. . . sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
What does that ‘Spa Treatment’ really feel like? IT’S PAINFUL!!!
What does that ‘Spa Treatment’ look like?
ALL OF THE IDOLS IN OUR LIFE MUST BE SMASHED!!!
What if we don’t SMASH the idols in our life? The mercy of the Heavenly Father is to do that for us. . . . it’s the “REFINER’S FIRE” . . to bring us to repentance, cleansing, healing, forgiveness. . . to be ready for our Soon-coming KING of Kings and LORD of Lords, Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12:6-7 “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline.”
What are “idols” anyway? “I don’t have any idols!!!” (most “Christians” would say). It’s this: ANYTHING we turn to FIRST and trust in FIRST before going to Jesus. (Did I just hear a YIKES there?)
What are some idols that professing Christians worship? (and notice/think about the “I” / “my”):
SPORTS (my football team, my baseball team, my soccer team, etc.)
MONEY (bank accounts, retirement accounts, disability checks, “food stamps”, etc.)
SELF (“I have to do it this way” . . . or “I have talent” . . . “my ministry”. . . “my plans” . . . etc,)
PETS (“My precious little ___” . . .”I would NEVER give up my pet” . . . “I prefer animals to people”. . etc)
CHURCH (“my church” . . . “my doctrine” . . “my pastor” . . . “my denomination”)
RELATIONSHIPS (“I keep looking for a mate” . . . “my marriage” . . “my spouse” . . “my family” . . .)
JOBS (“I worked hard to get this promotion” . . . “I’m now making a great salary”)
FREEDOM (“I have the right to _____” . . . . “I’ll shoot first and ask questions later” . . etc.)
PATRIOTISM (“I’m a full-fledged, gun-totin’, American-born Constitutionalist and I have the right to _______ and I will ______”)
AND MANY MORE . . . . .
It’s a REMINDER that our MAIN priority is JESUS FIRST!!! NOT the blessings we have been given.
If you are not already in “the refiner’s fire” . . . then get ready for the Holy Spirit “Spa Treatment” . . . it WILL BE and IS painful, but OH THE JOY when our LORD returns!!!
11-5-15 – POST-PUBLISH NOTE: This article is not to bring condemnation, a “religious spirit”, fear or anxiety, but to bring reflection. Yes, ENJOY the blessings in our life, absolutely, but when these blessings become the first priority and focus, then ask yourself: “Is JESUS first in my life?”
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