I passed several people during my two-mile walk this morning (which is my favorite "alone time" with Abba) and, as usual, most didn't return my "Hi!" or "Hello!" or even bother to look up and return my smile. And so, I started thinking that this seems to be how most people treat ELOHIM. He's forever trying to get our attention, yet most won't take the time to stop whatever they're doing to even notice He's there.
Oh sure, some might look up long enough to maybe wave from a distance; but it's a foreign concept for them to actually take the time to blow the dust off their Bibles (if they even own one), and sit down to read their way through it. Yet, they will run to their synagogues on Saturday, or to church on Sunday to “do their duty” to God, and then go home to once again ignore Him for another week.
There are very few who actually “live” their faith and communicate with our Heavenly Father on a regular basis. Very few. It seems most don’t even realize that He strives to have both weekly (Shabbat) and yearly “dates” (Mo’edim/Appointed Times) with us! They’ve been busy slumbering, MAYBE reading their way through the Bible once in their life, if that much, or just picking their way through and relying on others to tell them what it says. I guess that’s why Scripture warns us that “most” will NOT be taking that narrow gate that leads to life (Matthew 7:13-14).
Below are some other pertinent scriptures that should serve as “wake-up calls” to those who are “lukewarm” and under the erroneous impression that “God is love and all we have to do is believe in Jesus so we can be forever forgiven.”
Matthew 7:18. A good tree is not able to bear evil fruit, and an evil tree cannot bear good fruit. 19. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut and thrown in the fire. (AENT)
(Please ask yourself, “Am I a fruit-bearing tree, or am I just a pretender?”)
Matthew 7:20. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. 21. It will not be that just anyone who says to me “My master, my master.” Will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, “My master, my master. By your name, have we not prophesied? And by you name have we cast out demons? And by your name have we done many miracles?” 23. And then I will profess to them that from everlasting, I have not known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity! (AENT)
NOTE: Psalm 6:8, 9 “workers of iniquity” is a common phrase in the Tanakh that refers to lawlessness (without Torah). “Horror has taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake Your Torah.” (Psalm 119:53) Yeshua’s every single teaching is based on Torah! To be anti-Torah is to be anti-Messiah; therefore every “authority” will be judged according to whether they uphold Torah or not. According to Yeshua, Torah (which means “instruction in righteousness”) is “the will of My Father.” (Matthew 7:21;12:50)
Luke 13:22 Yeshua continued traveling through town after town and village after village, teaching and making his way toward Yerushalayim. 23 Someone asked him, “Are only a few people being saved?” 24 He answered, “Struggle to get in through the narrow door, because — I’m telling you! — many will be demanding to get in and won’t be able to, 25 once the owner of the house has gotten up and shut the door. You will stand outside, knocking at the door and saying, ‘Lord! Open up for us!’ But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from!’ (CJB)
WOW! “Many will be demanding to get in and won’t be able to”…. Why do you think that is? The answer is: Because there will be NO “lukewarm” in Eternity with Him!
Luke 13:27. And he will say to you that, “I do not know you from where you are. Depart from me workers of iniquity!” 28. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Awraham and Yitz’chak and Ya’akov and all the prophets in the Kingdom of Elohim, but you will be cast outside! (AENT)
The good news is – those who were obedient servants, not just “hearing” but also “doing” His will, won’t have to worry about where they’re going to spend Eternity….
John 10:9. I am the Gate and if a man should enter by me he will live and will enter and go out and he will find pasture. (AENT)
Before you go, please take a good, hard look at the following passage:
Revelation 20: 11 Next I saw a great white throne and the One sitting on it. Earth and heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of the throne. Books were opened; and another book was opened, the Book of Life; and the dead were judged from what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
13 The sea gave up the dead in it; and Death and Sh’ol gave up the dead in them; and they were judged, each according to what he had done. 14 Then Death and Sh’ol were hurled into the lake of fire. This is the second death — the lake of fire. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was hurled into the lake of fire. (CJB)
Do YOU know for sure that your name is written in the Book of Life? It’s NOT if you’re busy ignoring, or simply being “lukewarm” toward YHWH….
Oh, how I wish the people YHWH puts in my life would all learn to “get serious” about God, and to begin to understand their NEED to get INTO the Bible, to study it for themselves, from front to back, so they can finally KNOW His Truth … and the fact that He is NOT kidding around about who will get to spend Eternity with Him.