She did not know that an IDOL remained in her heart
She did not know that an IDOL remained in her heart
Foundation text: Book of Ruth
There was a famine in the land. Naomi dwelt in Moab for a season to cushion the impact of the famine. Later, the Lord visited Israel by giving them bread. The famine was past. Instead a visitation of God. Both of Naomi's daughter-in-laws, Ruth and Orpah said that they would accompany Naomi back to Israel. However, Orpah turned back.
Similarly, today a spiritual famine abounds throughout the earth. The church is lukewarm. The Laodicean is the end-time Christian. However, the call has gone forth to leave Laodicea and its worldly practices and to move to a another nation - a nation of visitation. Are you going to respond to the Holy Spirit's call as Ruth did or as Orpah? Orpah did not know her own heart. She initially was willing but Moab had a b hold on her life ( 'Turn back, my daughters, go your way...'). The idol's hold determined her destiny. She disappeared from the pages of Scripture.
Naomi offered them nothing except hardship, and poverty. No promises of prosperity and a life of ease. Similarly, Apostle Paul, who is the example and pattern for all believers, lost his material inheritance from his family, lived a simple lifestyle, often went hungry, suffered rejection, was cast out, stoned and left for dead. This was his lot to the end. His reward was Jesus Himself and His Presence. Material prosperity was not a blessing that he was accustomed to. He learnt to be satisfied with little or much ( 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.').
Consider Ruth. This may be your lot if you break forth from Laodicea and goall the way with God. Only the very poor gleaned the fields. This also was the cross that Apostle Paul endured until his death:
1 Corinthians 4: 9-13 For I think that God has displayed us,
the apostles, last, as men condemned to
death; for we have been made a spectacle to
the world, both to angels and to men.
We are fools for Christ's sake, but you
are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are
b! You are distinguished, but we are
Even to the present hour we both hunger
and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and
beaten, and homeless.
And we labour, working with our own
hands. Being reviled, we bless, being perse-
cuted, we endure it;
being defamed, we entreat. We have
been made as the filth of the world, the
offscouring of all things until now.
Ruth clung to Naomi and her God. In the early church, multitudes followed Jesus, yet only a few would hold fast to Him and be true to Him. No one can serve two masters. A divided heart. Let us leave Laodicea behind. Let us not look back. Remember the Laodicean is torn between two loves - the Lord and the world. One foot in the kingdom of God and another in the world.
Compromise and UNBELIEF go together. Once the heart is overcome by an idol or a lust, unbelief takes hold.
The Cost of leaving Laodicea behind
Only when you are drawn to Him alone, cleansed from Laodicea, and become separate from the world will you find that those things that Jesus said are true: Rejection. You will lose your friends quickly. Many of your so-called Christian friends will no longer walk with you. Cast out. Laodicean churches will no longer receive you. You will be regarded as the enemy. Why? They have a mixture. The world remains in them and even in their worship! Persecution.
Remember that the Laodicean has never experienced persecution. They are not a threat to Satan because they have one foot in the world. Only those who go all the way with God and become separate from the world will suffer persecution.
Double Portion - Coming Revival: Keeping our eye on the Master and not on the Storm
Foundation text: 2 Kings 2
Similar to the words of Naomi, Elijah told Elisha, 'Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.' However, Elisha clung to his master.
And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha," Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?" And Elisha said, "Please let a DOUBLE PORTION of your spirit be upon me."
So he said, "You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so."
Is our heart only set on Him or are we also drinking from the unclean cisterns of the world? Have we come to the place of being continually before Him as Jeanne Guyon shows us in Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ?
A remnant will come out of the wilderness - separate from the world and married to Him, bringing forth the final move of God:
Song of Solomon 3:6 Who is this coming out of the
Like pillars of smoke,
Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
With all the merchant's fragrant
This remnant ravished (stole) the heart of the Bridegroom (Song of Solomon 4:9). They won the affection of our Lord Jesus. Kathryn Kuhlman is an example of someone who had won the heart of our Lord. Her ministry was accompanied by an unusual Presence of Jesus, a type of the latter day remnant.
Consider Apostle Paul.
Philippians 3:8 But indeed I count all things loss
for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ
Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the
loss of all things, and count them as rubbish
(dung), that I may gain* (win) Christ.
* The present tense in the Greek indicates that this 'winning Christ' is after salvation.