The Falling Away

I have been praying for Christians who were once on fire for the Lord but seem to be languishing now. The Holy Spirit dropped into my mind 

Matthew 24:10-13 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 

As time progresses and life becomes more difficult for people, Christians will be occupied with making a living rather than looking to God. He says He will be our Source and Supply but in desperation, Christians will turn away from Him to make their own way. Bit by bit they will become lukewarm as their relationship with Jesus is allowed to drift.

Revelation 3:15-17  ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.  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,  So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit/vomit you out of My mouth.

Christians in my area love Bible/book studies but they won’t concern themselves with getting acquainted with the Author who is standing at their elbows waiting to be acknowledged! 

Ephesians 3:19amp [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].

This is a precious verse that local Christians tell me is heresy! Knowing God as a real personality is heresy?!

I admonish you, my Christian brothers and sisters, stir yourselves  because the day is coming to a close and darkness is settling on the earth. You may make yourself a prey, but whatever it costs to follow Jesus passionately will be well worth the cost. You will be thankful for all eternity. 

Isaiah 59:15 Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. 

Becoming obsessed with anything that takes one’s mind off Jesus is a danger to the sincere Christian. That could be Covid-19 currently. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus and let Him be your shelter. A distracted and fearful person will find focusing on Jesus difficult. A good way of focusing on intimacy with Jesus is to sing to the Lord, or read the Psalms aloud to Him. Take a look at Psalm 91 and the profusion of promises the Lord gives us, His little children.

Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the dragon;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

God's promises are awesome - IF you believe them and trust Him!!!

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