L ukewarm hearts practice a form of Christianity that conforms to their spiritual condition. Settled in the pews of mediocrity, they find complacency and security in drinking warm milk; they do not possess the teeth with which to chew on the solid spiritual food that the Scriptures provide to those who hunger for truth. “Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breast.” Isaiah 28:9. They raise up for themselves preachers that will tickle their ears. They find a church that fits. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” II Timothy 4:3. They have taken up the name of Christ as an amulet, an icon, which they take wherever they choose to go; rather than allowing the Spirit of Christ to lead them. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14. Not possessing an inward conversion, they profess a form of religion without the power of the Spirit of God. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” II Timothy 3:5. At best, will only display a show of empty formalism whose only fruits are dead works. “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” II Timothy 4:4. The power of the living God fills our spirit, satisfying our thirst for truth. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6. When exposed to the truth, the Holy Spirit of God will correctly guide, leading us forward to embrace it. “And thy ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, this is the way, walk ye in it.” Isaiah 30:21. Seek God’s word to nourish and strengthen your faith “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17. Trust in our loving Saviour, for He will not lead us astray. “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” I Corinthians 2:5. We need the spiritual training to trust in Him. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3. This is of most importance, if we are to be taught in the school of Christ “But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.” I John 3:27. This is a stumbling block for many, for they find it much easier to put their trust and belief in their church and their religious leaders-regardless of the errors taught- than to discern the gift of the truth as our loving Saviour would reveal to them, and choose Him. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” I Corinthians 2:14. We must not fear the darkness of our own ignorance “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD (YAHUAH) is my strength and my song.” Isaiah 12:2. The flesh is enmity against the Spirit. “But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.” Galatians 4:29. Battles are fought and victories gained in a place far distant from our comfort zone. “Fear thou not; for I Am with thee: be not dismayed; for I Am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10. The finest swords always begin as a lump of iron. Through the slow and tedious process of burning out the impurities, by heating and cooling to extremes, the rough form is carefully tempered by the master swordsmith. It is forged into a new metal. It becomes transformed. So must the soul be metamorphosed. We must allow the Master Craftsman to engraft His imprint upon us, to purify and transform our minds and hearts to a new existence, a consecration. This is the place where our character will reflect the likeness of His image. With our carnal mind crucified, self will no longer clamor to resist the influence of the Holy Spirit of our Heavenly Father and of His only begotten Son. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 3:20. Where we once resisted, we will have surrendered those areas, and instead we will yearn for Their presence. “With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early.” Isaiah 26:9. We will desire to surrender to Christ His rightful place and crown Him as the sovereign King of kings of our glowing hearts. With filial devotion, obsequiously following Him-wherever He leads us.

“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and unto the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.”

Revelation 14:4, 5.

Joseph Emilio Lahud

September 2009

Rev. 22:14

Revelation Messengers

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