Hi, spiritual family. Do you know what it means to be Laodicean? The Laodiceans were physically comfortable and thought they were spiritually with the program. The problem was that they saw themselves through their own eyes and not as God saw them. He saw them as spiritually blind, naked and poor.
Could there be a similar gap in how you see yourself and how God sees you? Does what matters to Him matter to you or do things matter to you as long as they fit within your comfort zone? For instance, take your thoughts and behavior about the election and Halloween. Do you think it’s okay to bash the candidates when that’s not something Jesus would do? Even though you know that Halloween in no way honors God and instead honors and celebrates the kingdom of darkness, death, witchcraft and satan and the demons, do you tell yourself that letting your kids or grandkids play dress up is harmless and is okay with God on that day?
God wants you to honor and love Him first. That means sometimes changing the way you think so that it falls within Godly parameters. Remember, scripture says that there are ways that seem right to us, but the end thereof is (spiritual) death. Be physically and spiritually safe and be blessed.
Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV)
12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV)
3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Jeremiah 5:25-31 (NKJV)
25 Your iniquities have turned these things away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.
26 ‘For among My people are found wicked men;
They lie in wait as one who sets snares;
They set a trap;
They catch men.
27 As a cage is full of birds,
So their houses are full of deceit.
Therefore they have become great and grown rich.
28 They have grown fat, they are sleek;
Yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the fatherless;
Yet they prosper,
And the right of the needy they do not defend.
29 Shall I not punish them for these things?’ says the Lord.
‘Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?’
30 “An astonishing and horrible thing
Has been committed in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule by their own power;
And My people love to have it so.
But what will you do in the end?
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