Lukewarm? Depart from the evil world

Our reading begins in Revelation 3:14-22. The church at Laodicea had a major problem in that they said they were followers of Christ; however, they enjoyed their possessions and Earthly lives instead of a life and relationship with Christ. Jesus warns them that they are to repent of their selfish ways and focus on Him instead.

Are you within a theological realm of influence where your pastor or teacher sounds nice and warm in everything he says? Is it relaxing to “go to church”? Is it relaxing to live a lie?

Who is teaching?

Most places that are teaching the Bible are lukewarm. Jesus wants no part with them. You need to be hot (zealous) about the Gospel and the Bible… You are encouraged in zeal to preach and teach. 2 Timothy 4:3 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” Also, read in 1 Corinthians 4:6, “And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.”

If you depend on someone to teach you the Bible, then their teaching should be practical, challenging, and truthful! 1 Corinthians 3:19, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”

Don’t give in to the façade of “love” if it means the preacher hides the truth. Don’t forsake the truth for love… You will regret it. John 15:2, “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” Mark 4:20, “And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.” Matthew 7:16-17, “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”

Most preachers do not know how to teach the Bible, why to teach it, and how to understand it for how to help others understand it. See Colossians 2:18, “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”

Follow the command then in Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

It is of no surprise this has occurred, for we read the warning in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

What about your life?

You may claim to be Christian, but your life says differently if you are not bearing fruit by life and mind transformation, and departing from sin. Isaiah 29:13, “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.” Titus 1:16, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

You cannot live both lives, just as you cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). You must either live completely for Christ, or live completely for the world. You can stop trying to both, because God knows… Therefore, be attentive to how you live your life. Nothing legalistic, but do not serve the worldly lusts if you claim to be of God.

What happens to those who depart from the truth?

Matthew 7:20-25 says, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”

This means that if you serve Christ and abide by His Teachings, you will have truly had the Gift of Salvation. Departing from sin, bearing fruit of Salvation, and serving God and others are all evidences of true Salvation. One God, One Faith, One Baptism. Hallelujah!

Practicing sin instead of departing from it

We read warnings of those who practice sin instead of departing from sin. We are supposed to be departing away from sin, for this is the evidence of true Salvation. Those who fail to depart from sin should question if they are truly saved, and attempt to repent and stay away from sin. Let us read…

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (1 John 3:8-10).

Hebrews 10:26, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”

Do not show off your righteousness if you have it

Matthew 6:1 states, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.”

Do not love the world nor the things in it

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).

Beware of these lukewarmness examples

2 Timothy 3:1-5, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat” (1 Corinthians 5:11).

OPEN YOUR EYES!

Acts 26:18: “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

What will you do?

It is hopeful that you take these things to heart and understand the admonitions from the Bible concerning lukewarmness. If you would like to comment, please do so below.

The Definitive Biblical Guide to Money: Good or evil?

So is money Good or evil?
Here is the line, if you’re in a hurry… Change the mindset of “I can’t afford it” — to — “How can I afford it?” This simply shall change your mind dramatically about money.

Biblical principles on money

#1 – God supplies all our needs – Philippians 4:19
#2 – When you have a need and want to know how to afford it… Seek first the Kingdom of God – Matthew 6:33
#3 – The poor says they cannot afford something, but the rich asks how they can afford it. Therefore, the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender – Proverb 22:7
#4 – When you cannot afford something, you covet it – you become greedy once you get money as well. But, when we think about how we can afford something, there is no more coveting… You simply know you can obtain it with good hard work.
#5 – Neither being rich nor poor determines a person’s spiritual state. It all matters how they depend upon God and their view of how the Bible concerns money – Proverb 22:2
#6 – By a person’s heart, they should be able to give to other Church members to help supply their needs as well, if they are able – 2 Corinthians 8:13-15; 9:7
#7 – Wealth obtained honestly through labor and wise investment is sufficient; however, wealth obtained through cheating and stealing shall not flourish – Proverb 13:11
#8 – Money is not evil in and of itself – just as possessions – you can have them. However, the “love” of money is the root of all evil, because if you love money, it will ask you to serve it. The Bible, however, notes that money should serve us… We rule over money and possessions – we make such things serve us. -1 Timothy 6:10
#9 – Putting your hope and confidence in wealth will lead you into decline/peril – Proverb 18:12
#10 – Wealth can deceive people (Proverb 19:4), can be dangerous {Proverb 13:8}, can become an idol (Proverb 23:4; Matthew 6:24), and can make it difficult into truly following Christ (Mark 10:21; Matthew 19:24).
#11 – Wisdom shall be valued above wealth (Proverb 16:16; 28:6; Matthew 13:44).
#12 – Those with lustful eyes or a lustful ambition will hasten after wealth (such as “get rich quick schemes”) – Proverb 28:22
#13 – It is wise to avoid debt if possible (Proverb 22:7). Nonetheless, if you must borrow, you should be diligent to repay it – Psalm 37:21
#14 – Save money whenever possible, for a fool will spend everything he/she has – Proverb 21:20
#15 – Just because someone is wealthy does not make them more righteous or less righteous from someone with lack of wealth – all are subject to God’s Judgment – Proverbs 11:4, 28; Colossians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 6:20
#16 – Pay your taxes! – Matthew 22:21; 17:24-27
#17 – Seek financial contentment when possible – this will avoid dangers of greed, overwork, and underwork/laziness – Proverbs 30:7-9; Philippians 4:11-12; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6
#18 – If you are faithful with a little, you will be faithful in much. If you are dishonest with a little, you will be dishonest in much. – Luke 16:10
#19 – Those lazy in work or who are ignorant on how to gather wealth will have a harvest full of trouble (thorns). Those who are lazy with work will experience poverty, but those diligent in work will receive a plentiful harvest. – Proverbs 24:30-34
#20 – Oppressing the poor to increase your own wealth will lead to poverty – the same can be said of those who give to the rich. -Proverb 22:16


Attitudes toward/concerning money

#1 – Money is either: a corrupting influence, a utility for good or for evil, or a blessing.
#2 – Money should: be avoided, be managed, or be sought after.
#3 – Spending money on oneself is: for basic needs only, to be done in moderation, or for pleasure.
#4 – Possessions should be: minimal, moderate, or enough.
#5 – Money should be: given away, invested/wisely spent, or gathered up/hoarded.


Book of Proverbs warnings and advice on money

-Bribery – Proverbs 15:27; 17:23
-Debt – Proverbs 22:7, 26-27
-Hoarding – Proverb 11:26
-Envy – Proverb 14:30
-Diligence – Proverbs 10:4-5
-Moderation – Proverb 23:4
-Patience – Proverb 13:11
-Fraud – Proveb 20:17
-Work – Proverb 12:11
-Wealth – Proverb 16:16
-Stinginess – Proverb 28:22
-Success – Proverbs 22:4; 11:28
-Reputation – Proverb 22:1
-Good business – Proverbs 11:18; 21:6
-Generosity – Proverbs 19:17; 22:9


How God will help you with money

Jesus spoke unto the Seven Churches, and stated the following to one of them that may lend a lesson to you about money…

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 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. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 3:14-21).

This teaches us to depend on God, not depend on money. God is our supplier and He is helping us. He is the one that gives us the ability to produce wealth (see Deuteronomy 8:18). Staying focused on what matters most and knowing that God is always faithful will help us understand that He knows best (see Proverbs 15:16-17; Matthew 22:37-39; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:32).

We should be asking God what we have need of and asking for wisdom in financial matters (see Proverbs 30:8-9; James 1:5). In our lives, our money should be managed enough where we can give freely, and put our money to work for God’s Purposes (Luke 12:33). Praise God for His Blessings and learn all about contentment (Acts 20:33-35; 1 Timothy 6:7-8; Psalm 112:1-5).


Some people prefer to hear the plain truth of what to do and what not to do with money. It is your task to decide what applies to you in this teaching. What do you make of it?

To Know Oneself

To know oneself is not to achieve everything and become perfect. It’s to know what you can and cannot do. It is also the ability to forgive oneself for the things one cannot do or change by themselves. You cannot do everything yourself, which is why you have friends and family who can help you. It also ensures that you don’t miss the things that you can still accomplish. If you want to know who you are, you must re-examine and acknowledge who you are: your true self. Those who cannot acknowledge themselves will fail. Those who forgive and acknowledge themselves can become truly human.

Even the strongest of obstacles always has a weakness and however strong you become, never seek to bear everything alone – for if you do, failure is assured. Even if one is powerful and independent, he must not forget about his friends, or else it will consume him. You don’t become great to be acknowledged by everyone; it’s only those who are acknowledged by everyone already that become great. Therefore, even if you cheat yourself into a position of power, you’ll never win over the hearts of the people.

Once you believe in who you are and who you were born to be, it can be very powerful. All effort is pointless, unless you believe in yourself.

Scripture to reference based on the above:

-Matthew 6:1-34 – Achievements

-Acts 3:19 – Forgiving oneself

-Philippians 4:8 – Acknowledging yourself and fixing your thoughts

-Psalm 138:8 – The Lord perfects us – not we ourselves

-Proverbs 17:17; 18:24; 20:6; 27:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – Friends

-Proverb 16:9; Isaiah 41:10; 2 Corinthians 1:9 – Believing in yourself

-1 Corinthians 2:5; Luke 14:11; Philippians 2:3-11; Proverb 22:4; 1 Peter 5:5; Romans 12:3; Jeremiah 9:23 – Power