Dangerous Comfort

Revelation 3:15-17 -“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other! So because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”  (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Being lukewarm is dangerous because it is deceptive. We know when we are on fire for God and we know when we are in outright rebellion. Lukewarm is comfortable and harder to detect. We need to periodically take a spiritual inventory to make sure we have not become complacent in our faith.

My Advice – Becoming a lukewarm Christian is often a greater danger than growing cold. Many times this occurs when we grow comfortable in life. So as your career becomes successful and provides you with wealth and comfort, be doubly on guard against a cooling in your relationship with Christ.

Is Your Reputation Real?

Revelation 3:1-2 – “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up!” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Our faith must be more than reputation, it must be reality. It must be more than outward appearance.

My Advice – Don’t build a Godly reputation without building a Godly relationship.

What Do You Tolerate?

Revelation 2:19-20 – “I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against: You tolerate.…” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – This is an age where tolerance is considered a virtue. And in certain cases it may be. But not where the tolerance is for immorality or religious teachings that deny Christ or teach another path to God.

My Advice – Tolerance sounds admirable, but be careful of what you tolerate.

Grace Is Not License

Jude 4For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are Godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign Lord. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – They may not openly deny Christ. They may in fact claim to represent Christ. But if they pervert grace into permission to ignore God’s moral laws, they are in fact denying Jesus.

My Advice –  Be alert for doctrines and teachings that are contrary to or have a strained interpretation of the Scriptures. These can be more dangerous than the ones that openly and blatantly oppose the teachings of the Word.

Cravings, and Lusting and Boasting, Oh My!

1 John 2:15-17Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For everything in the world-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of the eyes and the boasting of what he has and does-comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – The allure of the world is strong, but deceptive. Worldly things will eventually disappoint and ultimately will not last. The things of God in our life will never disappoint, and will last forever.

My Advice – Be careful of what you set your affections on. Make sure that your love of worldly things does not take the place of God in your heart.

A Thousand Elsewheres

Psalms 84:10Blessed is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Unfortunately, our actions can be just the opposite. We spend the thousands elsewhere, devoting little time to spending with God (reading His Word, prayer, church).

My Advice – The allure of the world is strong, but do not let it take you away from God. Even in abundance (a thousand times over) it cannot satisfy as much as a single moment spent walking with God.