Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Revelation: Discovering Life for Today and Eternity – Week Eight

Laodicea:  The Church Who Nauseated Jesus

Reading this week’s chapter title actually brought tears to my eyes.  Another pretty name that deceives at first glance.  I think it’s sad that anyone would nauseate the Lord.  I certainly don’t want to be that person!  So I suppose I should pay really close attention to this chapter so I don’t behave as this church did.

I don’t want to be lukewarm.  I want to be on fire and passionate for Christ.  Am I reading His Word and not allowing it to change me?  Half-hearted devotion to Him has to be more insulting than no devotion at all.  Do I misrepresent Him by not being on fire for Him?  Am I one of those people you’d never guess was a Christian because my life doesn’t reflect it?  Ouch.

My goal through this lesson is to live in such a way that people KNOW I’m a Christian when they see me.  I wasn’t to be completely sold out for Christ!  I want to be more self-sacrificing than selfish.  I want to praise Jesus lavishly because I’ve undergone trials and been changed by God’s refining fire and my faith has been proved genuine.

Lord Jesus, please open my eyes and remove my blindness to the impurity that exists in me.  Make me aware of my behavior and convict me right away when I walk in a way that is not glorifying to You.  Make me thankful for Your discipline because it is proof of Your love for and investment in me.  Amen.

This week’s video teaching talks about a door that invites us into fellowship with the Trinity.  God wants to share life with us.  We were meant to live in relationship with Him and other believers.  This is the greatest invitation we will ever receive.

Memorize:  Revelation 2:7a, 11a, 17a, 29; 3:6, 13, 22

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