Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
It is part of our nature to want to be with those who have like passions.
Sports fanatics will gather to those who share the same affinity for the sport they love as well. Fashionistas will gather to talk and discuss what they like to wear and what brands to buy. Those in business will share ideas and work closely with those sharing the same desire for success.
We drift toward those who have like passions because we have a commonality to base our relationship.
God’s children are no different. Some will be passionate to win the lost for Christ. Some are passionate about the church property and how it is cleaned and kept. Others are more likely to be zealous about music, or teaching, or preaching. Still, others will take up the socialization of the church body.
Each according to their gifts and talents.
But As Jesus was talking to His disciples about the end times, He said that the love of many would grow cold. When that passion inside us dies, so does the spirit of our church. I do not speak of the Holy Spirit. I talk about that spirit or feel of your church when visitors first come.
They may say they felt warm and welcome. Others may say they felt the church distant or cold. A church that preaches hard on sin and loves with as much passion will never lack.
We must always deal with sin. Refusing to do so, winking at it, or turning a blind eye will assuredly bring trouble and stunt the growth of the church, eventually killing it.
But many of us feel we have no control over the body of believers. But what we do control is the zeal and passion within us. When you read the Word of God, does your heart burn?
Luke 24:32 “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
Jeremiah 15:16 “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”
When we pray, do we feel as if God is right there in the room with us?
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Are we burdened for the lost?
Psalm 126:5-6 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Does the preaching of the Word convict us? Do we come to church desiring to be fed, or are we satisfied with doing our duty?
Have we sought God to find our place in the church where He wants us to use our gifts and talents for His glory?
Our enemy will not work suddenly or openly in our lives. He slips in subtly and waits for the right moment. Often, when we are weak, we fall prey to his wiles. Our preparation every day should be as a soldier going into battle.
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
We may believe it is a person we are fighting against, though they may be a willing agent of our enemy.
Ephesians 6:12 “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.”
Our anger and frustration with them should not be allowed to bear any fruit that would lash out against them. Jesus taught us how to treat our enemies.
Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
When sin, iniquity, and transgressions abound, we must practice regular cleansing. Our enemy will fight to keep us in a place of unconfessed sin, trying to convince us that God is done with us, or doesn’t love us anymore because of what we did.
All lies! God’s love for us is eternal, everlasting, and unconditional. He knew what He was getting when He saved us. That is why our loving, Heavenly Father prepared a way for us to get right.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
The blood shed on Calvary is now on the mercy seat in Heaven to make intercession.
Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
We can be made to think that because there is so much BAD (sin) in the world, that God is not powerful enough to overcome it. Yet another lie of our enemy.
Romans 5:20-21 “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Our hope is in the One who saved us.
Our hope is in the One who keeps us.
Our hope is in the One who promised us eternal life!
When the sin of this old world seems to overwhelm our soul, we can be comforted with the fact that we serve the Creator who has declared us overcomers!
1 John 4:4 “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.”