After advising the church at Laodicea to buy gold tried in the fire (faith) and white robes (righteousness), our risen Lord adds, “and eye salve, that you may see.” This salve signifies the anointing of the Holy Spirit that allows us to see and hear what the Lord is doing and saying in this time. It includes both the spiritual awareness of one’s condition needed for true conversion and the Pentecost anointing that allows us to speak the word of God with boldness and power. Are your eyes anointed with this salve?
Jesus urges the church at Laodicea to “buy gold tried in the fire.” The gold is saving faith (1 Peter). The cost is to fully submit to Christ’s refining fire that purifies, sanctifies, and ultimately saves the soul as it walks in the promises of God and doesn’t give in to despair (Malachi 3). The resurrected Jesus is saying, “You’ve been very religious, but you’ve ducked and dodged the refiner’s fire.” You cannot be saved unless you allow the Holy Spirit to finish this work of holiness in your heart. Will you let Jesus sign the executive orders to release the Holy Spirit in your heart and block everything that stands in the way of your sanctification?
Is there a fire for God in your heart? A close look at Jesus’ parable of the sower sheds light on his message to the lukewarm church at Laodicea. Like these early Christians, many in the modern American church, as well as much of the western world, have had the fire of God in their hearts diluted by the ice water of the responsibilities of life and pursuit of prosperity. Indifference to this concept is a sure sign that you are lukewarm. Where are you today with Jesus?
Today’s welcome from Sister Michelle focuses on the parable of the sower. It’s time to no longer let the devil steal from us and allow Jesus full control and He will remove the stones, the thistles and the thorns in our hearts! (We had some recording challenges and lost much of the welcome but believe that it will still encourage you to surrender to Jesus, so we’re posting it.)
Using Matthew 12 and the parable of the sower, Pastor Ray discusses about when there is a divided house (a divided soul who can’t decide whether to walk with Jesus or to walk with the world). There must be an entire separation from the world and we must allow the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and reveal any unplowed ground, so that the thorns may be removed. Are you trying to hide in an illusory middle ground? Resolve in your heart to no longer be divided. Jesus’ heart is to give you the victory!
The answer of our heart to this fundamental question will determine whether we abide in Jesus or in the law. If we walk in sin, we are dwelling in and under the law, and it is manifest that we do not genuinely care about Jesus. Will you allow Jesus to make you righteous and transform you so that you no longer care about anything that He does not care about? This is a painful work that only Jesus can do as we are crucified with Him.