I read an extraordinary book I wish all could read: The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken. It’s a collection of testimonies from our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering around the world today—persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ as normal Christianity. That’s right! Suffering is NORMAL Christianity for them!
I rejoiced to learn how the gospel continues to spread worldwide, despite horrible demonic opposition. Yet I wanted to weep with sadness as the lukewarm Christianity of much of the American Church was exposed as a shameful counterfeit.
Does it surprise you that many churches in America are lukewarm and as such, are counterfeit? Jesus said in Revelation 3: “Because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
I certainly don’t want to be lukewarm in my faith. Life often requires sacrifice and suffering. Yes, life is short. Very short. It’s getting shorter every day.
Romans 8:18 tells us that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us someday. In my own life I have gone so far as to give thanks for the difficult times. Is that hard to do? It’s VERY hard!
Obedience is not easy! Yet obedience is what God wants from us. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give thanks for all things. We may have to grit our teeth to say it, but when we are obedient in this, we are showing God that we are trusting Him in this difficult situation, even if we don’t like it. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about. When we are obedient God rewards us.
We may not see the reward right away, but it will come. Meanwhile, we will experience peace, joy and contentment in knowing we have obeyed and pleased God.
- always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:2
- I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16
- I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
- SONG: GOD IS READY – by Kathleen: