So, Because You Are Lukewarm.....
Why we must do more than attend church on Sunday is covered in today's message. This is why we must be what we claim we are. Luke warm faith will have you stoking the fires of Hell. This is not to say that you lose your Salvation, it is to say you never had it to start with! We are changed when we accept Christ as our Savior.
I know my neighbors, but I am not a part of their family. This is how many people are about Our Father. They know of Him, they like the idea of Everlasting life. However, they must be a part of the Family to "inherit" the Kingdom of God! My family will inherit from me, NOT my neighbor.
This is not to discount the value of a neighbor, we are to love them as Christ loved us BEFORE we were saved. However, if your neighbor does not accept Christ as their Savior, they will not join us in Heaven, regardless of how nice they are to you.
This is confusing to many. The scripture states we are NOT judged by our works, but by what is in our hearts, and if we are saved. The bottom line is this. When we are saved, we are changed. If the change does not take place, then you might want to sit down and have a long talk to your Pastor. God takes away our "want to" and replaces it with a "need to".
If you do something for someone and take the credit, then you have received all the reward you are going to get. If you tell them to thank God for your ability to help them, then you are bringing Glory to Our Heavenly Father. You will be rewarded with a warm feeling from Our Father then, and be rewarded again in Heaven.
One of the things I loved about my wife, was she insisted that folks "Pay ahead" rather than pay her back. She lets them know that it is with the blessings from God, that we are able to help others. All that we have belongs to Our Father. He has blessed us with a comfortable home and healthy children.
We try to make all who enter our home feel welcome. Perhaps this is why we also had all the kids in our neighborhood at our home. I say this, not to "toot" our own horn, but to testify that this type of giving is so blessed by God! The joy of putting a smile on a face that has not had a reason to smile in weeks is awesome. The thought that with some help today, that person will be able to help others "down the road" was a double blessing.
I know that many of our readers are unable to attend regular church services. (In fact, that was why this ministry was started)Today I ask that all the readers that can attend a service, pray for the readers that would love to be able to attend, but can not. As you attend your home churches, will you please ask for prayer for the SalvationFirst PrayerWheel. The needs of many are posted on this "Wheel of Faith".
"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation.
15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are "lukewarm”neither "hot nor cold”I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
17You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.
22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."