All That He Counsels

16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. ~ Revelation 3:16-19

It’s the weakness of the Church that brings on the Great Tribulation, so do you suppose that we will be kept from what we ourselves have caused:

  • By our Pride.
  • By our prayerlessness.
  • By our lack of holiness.
  • By our alliance with darkness.
  • We have become lovers of self rather than lovers of God.
  • A proud and stiff-necked people.
  • Who love to tickle ears and have our own ears tickled.

We fool ourselves when we think we are so holy because we have hundreds of thousands of adoring fans, sitting in beautiful expensive buildings sitting on soft pews, and sipping our lattes, but Jesus said that we are:

  • Wretched
  • Pitiable
  • Poor
  • Blind
  • And naked

And He counsels us to buy from Him:

  • Gold refined by fire so that we may be rich.
  • And white garments so that we may clothe ourselves and the shame of our nakedness may not be seen.
  • And salve to anoint our eyes, so that we may see.

This last day Church is not all that we are cracked up to be. We are like the Pharisees and Scribes of Jesus’ day, for we honor God with our lips, but our hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8).

Dear LORD, thank You for Your grace and forgiveness. Forgive me for not making You the center of my life. Forgive me for putting other things above You and for not giving You the love, respect, and reverence You deserve. Teach me to buy from You all that You have counseled me to. Please guide me in my journey to You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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