See the eyes of a million faces
Lookin’ for it in a million places
Only one can save us, Jesus
See the eyes of a million faces
Lookin’ for it in a million places
Only one can save us, Jesus
As the video shows it is very interesting when you take in the Bible verse by verse, and line by line.
As one pertinent example, we have the “Cyrus” prophecy:
Speaking of crooked – what is going on with the Clinton foundation?
Here is Pastor Ben Heath’s message:
“Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!“ –Amos 6:1
“But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.”
“Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.” – Psalm 123:4
“Listen, you women who lie around in ease. Listen to me, you who are so smug.” – Isaiah 32:9 (New Living translation)
Laodicea is of course the church in Revelation that is rich, at ease, and neither “hot” or “cold”. Someone cold to the gospel would likely be an atheist or someone who hates God. And someone “hot” to the gospel would be zealous to do God’s work, preach His word and good news, and to truly be His servant.
I have an analogy from what I have experienced in a work environment. Have you ever come across the type of people who are just careless, tenured and thus secure in their position, or the people who will not trouble-shoot problems because they would have to work with other departments to do so? They might do their job reasonably well from a short-term view, but long term they can be a disaster – a disaster of apathy. A well versed statement of these types of people is “that’s not my job”. They protect their own interests and their own job, but are relatively apathetic when it comes to the best interests of the company as a whole.
In my experience for a company to be profitable you can’t have lazy or sloppy people dragging the whole operation down. It is one thing to be inexperienced and making mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes and has a learning curve. It is another matter to not be passionate to boost the company and improve personal performance.You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room to make a positive impact. You just have to care.
In one of my accounting jobs I discovered that the company I worked at was undercharging their online customers for at least a month. This had come after a recent change to their online processing. Even though problems were noticed and brought to light, no one did anything to fix it nor said anything to the executives and decision makers. I was going about processing accounting information, and these missed billed amounts were not even on my reports but I dug deeper and investigated. I immediately brought the issue to light. We had under-billed customers by more than $50,000 dollars due to technical issues following a change to the e-commerce website. Following my reporting the issue, we were able to issue a follow-up billing where most of the money was collected and the e-commerce charging was corrected going forward.
It seemed that people treated the event rather casually though. This was not a huge company, and they could not afford to lose that money to carelessness or apathy.
It was ironic also because the following month I was reprimanded by management because I returned a report to a department known for their sloppiness, where I noted that the information provided to me was unacceptable because the (only) pertinent information was chopped off the page because of the way it was printed. I did not say anything mean, just matter-of-fact. And I had written the note in too large of print. In my defense, this same thing had happened before, and they had not provided the correct information when I requested the other time. So I had saved the company $50K the month before, with no specific thank-you to me directly, and was taken to task the month later. Yes, the tenured incompetents are often the ones the system rewards. Some people with long-term tenure do really care and are the solid bedrock of the company, but some are just lazy and entitled. The way I look at it, however, is that if you do your job in an excellent manner whether you are there a little time or a long time, you might save the job of the guy or gal next to you — and even save the company and all of the jobs it provides.
In God’s system — we don’t get commended for doing the bare minimum. If we do the bare minimum we produce no profit. As Christians, by definition we should be Christ’s servants. If we have an entitled attitude, that is the opposite of being a servant.
But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
If you ask me, the world needs more salesmen who get to work early, and accountants who stay late. The world needs people who CARE.
Chuck Missler has an excellent sermon series on the 7 churches of Revelation. I may disagree on some statements made, but he has some unique insights that he brings together. Here is his assessment of Laodicea. It is a caution for us all not to be at ease or apathetic to larger concerns than just us.
I think it is naïve to think there is a cure for disease. There is no cure. You can fight disease; you can kill disease; you can recover from disease – but you can’t cure it.
How could we? We are open systems. We are systems of inputs and outputs. We are born with certain genetic traits. Each day we breath in air and drink water or other beverages. We choose every day what food to eat, and how much to eat. Can we cure obesity? Again, no. But we can fight it; we can make good choices, we can overcome it. But even if we lost weight, it could always come back. Can we cure cancer? We can beat it, but it could come back, as it often does.
It is similar to the concept of sin. There is no cure for it. We can fight against it and we can be overcomers through Christ. But we will never reach perfection in this life. Instead we press on. We press forward, not looking back.
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 3:12-14
There is no cure, but there is victory. There is no cure, but there is overcoming. There is Christ, who overcame all things for us, and is our example going forward, and by continual refreshing of the Holy Spirit. As Paul did, we should run that we might win.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. –I Corinthians 9:24-27
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. –Revelation 12:11
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” —II Corinthians 4:7-8
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” —Philippians 4:13
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
—II Corinthians 12:9-10 (emphasis added)
“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. —I Corinthians 1:26-29
“He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.” —Isaiah 40:29 (NASB)
“You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!” —Psalm 68:35 (NIV)
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” –Philippians 2:13
“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” —I Thessalonians 1:5
“For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” —Isaiah 41:13
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” —I Corinthians 15:10 (NIV)
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” — I Corinthians 4:20
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” —Ephesians 6:12
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” —II Kings 6:16 (NIV)
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” —1 Corinthians 10:13
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” —Luke 18:1
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: —Ephesians 6:10-17
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” —Ephesians 6:18-20
The Overcoming Bride of Christ
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”
—Revelation 3:7-8 (emphasis added)
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” —I John 4:4
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” —Romans 8:31
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” —Matthew 24:13
“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” —Luke 8:15
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” —Revelation 14:12
“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” —Psalm 119:114
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” —I Timothy 6:12
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” —Revelation 3:21
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” —Isaiah 40:31
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” —Proverbs 30:5
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” —II Timothy 4:7
“In your patience possess ye your souls.” —Luke 21:19
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” —Psalm 91:1
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” —Revelation 12:11