2 Peter 1:1 “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of JESUS CHRIST, to those who have received like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our GOD and Savior JESUS CHRIST:”
Of Like Faith!
Memory’s stains, within sinners, are often refreshed by Belief’s weakest side where Self’s doubtsare unleashed…
…where Deceit’s errant darkness
attempts to conceal greater shadows
and grayish intentions as Truth.
Yet Flesh has no filter which sovereignly
sifts out the Wheat from the weeds!
Yes the chaff from HIS gifts!
Meaning: Only HIS blood cleanses
those whom HE sowed. Thus, solely, HIS powerful light shall divide them.
Therefore! Gather together as those
who love Grace…knowing holy is HE WHO
leads us…of “like Faith!”
As HIServant endlessly grateful because HIS love rescued me,
Devotional: “The Great Divide” is actually made up of two walls and three “sides”. In truth, there’s just one wall l…but for this exercise, I want to highlight the grayish lukewarm portion.
Let’s read two verses specific to being lukewarm.
Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of MY mouth.”
The three “sides” are:
The Light / The Lukewarm / The darkness.
The outer two speak for themselves but “the lukewarm” are made up of two groups as well.
For instance! Those who appear as Christians on the outside but have no heart of CHRIST in them AND…
…those who appear as shadows of darkness / gray sections who truly know CHRIST‘s voice yet who choose to still straddle the fence.
Yes, we preach to all, leaving the outcome to GOD since only HE gives the increase. Only HE draws the soul.
So my focus, when narrowing it down, is on the lukewarm “known” side. On the left side of The Light wall. Visually…
The Light/ The Lukewarm “Known” versus The Lukewarm “unknown” / The darkness.
I didn’t use the terms “lost” and “found” intentionally. Look at Matthew 7:21-23.
21 “Not everyone who says to ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of MY FATHER in heaven. 22 Many will say to ME in that day, ‘LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in YOUR NAME, cast out demons in YOUR NAME, and done many wonders in YOUR NAME?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from ME, you who practice lawlessness!”
“I NEVER KNEW YOU!” is completely opposite to their claims of being part OF CHRIST.
These are those who view “like Faith” to just being a title. “I walk inside the church each Sunday. Ergo, as such, I am a Christian.”
No, no more than standing in a garage each Sunday makes you a car. Foolish thinking at best.
But the “known” who hear GOD’s call to them as HIS own seed which HE planted…yet still enjoy the darkness…know better.
But what did CHRIST say to the Pharisees at the Cross…whose “unknown” position is clearly seen as they did the works of satan, their father?
Luke 23:34 “Then JESUS said, “FATHER, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
John 8:44 also convicts the darkness and the unknown lukewarm church actors and actresses.
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
And there they were…murdering JESUS.
Since our flesh cannot understand nor draw near to GOD apart from HIS calling to us (who have been given “ears to hear”) so the good works which HE planned for those HE planted…are also credited wholly to CHRIST JESUS!
Back to the point: The Light/ The Lukewarm “Known” versus the Lukewarm “unknown” / The darkness.
So my pledge and prayer in this very, very late hour as CHRIST’s return nears so quickly… is for the known who yet linger in the darkness of this world.
These are those who are HIS seed yet…continue to fight HIS call on their lives.
Is that…you? I pray you will not be left behind because of rejecting HIS calling. For now is the hour of salvation!
I’ve said this for decades. “You don’t fit your Christian walk into your worldly day.
RATHER! We must view our worldly day (work, responsibilities, family) through the lens of CHRIST….
…exclusively standing steadfast while serving on The Light’s side. As such, surrender all to JESUS, step into The LIGHT and lead others to HIM!
Finally back to 2 Peter 1:1 “…to those who have received like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our GOD and Savior JESUS CHRIST:”
Being “Of Like Faith” then means running to The Light…right now!
Amen and amen!