If you've ever seen The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie, this reminds me of the portrayal of God as the Lion (of Judah). Unflinching courage and strength that doesn't back down, but goes forward instead.
This article is from the president and CEO of Stonecroft Ministries International, an organization where I am also a speaker. http://www.stonecroft.org/elithica2/2ormore.php?issue=5.6 When I read the topic, it was as though I saw the meaning with new eyes. I have read this verse dozens of times before, but it suddenly hit me when I read it tonight. I, YOU, WE are the lights of the world! And we are to shine for others to see Christ living inside of us. What an amazing revelation, privilege, and responsibility.
Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask
for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will
find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Also, I
set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’ Therefore
hear, you nations, And know, O congregation, what is among them. Hear,
O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people—The fruit of
their thoughts, Because they have not heeded My words Nor My law, but rejected
it. ~ Jeremiah 6:16-19
Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Here's what I mean: I love hot coffee, especially on a cold day. I also love iced coffee on a hot day. Even the hot
drinks when ice-cold taste great, but lukewarm coffee or tea or
lemonade are pretty gross. Agree? Here's where things get interesting...or scary: Jesus
said, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth"(Revelation 3:15-16). The thing
that I find frightening about this verse is that these people were “IN Christ.” (You can’t vomit
something out, if it’s not inside first.)
When I read this verse before I gave my life to Christ many years
ago, I knew that I was lukewarm. I believed in Jesus, but I was a blasé
believer. I went my own way and I did my own thing, not caring what He thought, or what He wanted from me. So when I read this verse it hit me. My
indifference to Him would expel me from His Heavenly Kingdom when he vomited me
The good news is that if you’re still here on Earth, there's
hope. Because a few verses later Jesus said to those very same people, “Behold, I
stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I
will come in to him,” (Revelation 3:20).
Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. Will you let Him in? For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall
be saved” (Romans 10:13).
If you have made this decision and invited Christ into your life, tell a few people what you have done. Telling others solidifies the commitment in your mind and heart. Romans 10:9-10, says: "If you confess with
your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him
from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto
righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” The way to become "hot" is to walk wholeheartedly in His ways: Obeying his Word, loving one-another, and making disciples by telling others about Him and then teaching them to walk in His ways.
Please read these verses in your own Bible, or look them up on this post by touching the scriptures with your cursor.
Since my books are now in paperback and will soon be available through a major distributor, I approached Christianbook.com to ask if they would carry my books, and they agreed! They informed me that they don't usually work with self-published authors, but part of my ticket in was that I had a ten-year old letter of approval from Stonecroft Ministries International. The letter stated that my books met their standards and were therefore suitable for sale at their meetings. (I have been a speaker for Stonecroft for about 15 years. They also use CBD as their "store") The only drawback is that I will have to wait six weeks for my books to get into the distributor's system. But hey, I can live with that!