LOVE LETTERS SERIES
NUMBER SEVEN – THE CHURCH AT LADIOCEA
BY: JACKIE CAPORASO
MESSAGE NO. 185
EAGER TO RECEIVE
I COUNSEL YOU…
GOLD TRIED IN THE FIRE
MY FATHER’S THRONE
The seventh and last letter that the Lord sends to His church is addressed to Laodicea. The resurrected Lord calls this group of Christians “luke-warm.” He introduces Himself as the “Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.” (Rev. 3:14b)
The city of Laodicea enjoyed great prosperity as a manufacturing and banking center. It suffered extensive earthquake damage during the reign of Nero but it was able to rebuild without assistance from Rome. Laodicea produced the black wool that was prized for making fine garments. It was also the center of a renowned medical school and it produced a valued eye salve called Phrygian.
The bad news that this city had to pipe its water from a great distance, as it had no water supply of its own. The people of the town were very well acquainted with this inconvenience.
The Lord comes to Laodicea as the Amen and the True Witness. In other words, He is the last Word to His church and He comes to hold them to the standard of His true Witness. As humans we like to compare ourselves to those we consider to be below standards; this makes us feel superior. Men and women alike, even Christians, love to keep their eyes on what the world is doing. When they measure themselves against the darkness of the world, they come out lily white.
We may look pretty good when we measure ourselves by man’s standards or even by our own interpretation of the Bible, but the true measure is when Jesus sends His word by the Spirit and we stand in that light.
Laodicea has often been compared to the church that we see in the world today. In reality, the visible church who calls herself by His name today may be in much worse condition than Laodicea ever was. Yet it is undeniable that Laodicea was haughty and arrogant. Jesus quotes her as saying, “… ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing.” (Rev. 3:17a)
We know that God does not measure wealth by the level of our material possessions but by the degree of our spirituality. This is why Jesus exhorts us “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matt. 6:19)
It is when we are open to the hearing of the Word and the leading of the Spirit in our lives, that God calls us wealthy. But often, as it may have been in Laodicea, men have slipped into thinking that if they are materially wealthy they must be blessed of God and therefore they must have need of nothing more.
Material wealth can certainly be an added blessing in our lives, but that is only when it is accompanied by spirituality. Those who are spiritual are never poor because although they may not accumulate material wealth, they will never beg for bread and they will be satisfied in whatsoever state they find themselves. This is the greatest blessing of all.
We may search the Scriptures and still deny the voice of His Spirit calling from within. Spirituality does not consist of Bible knowledge and it is not an intellectual computation of the meanings of words. Spirituality has to do with the ability to enter into the reality of the Spirit. Jesus told Nicodemus, “…unless one is born again (born from above) he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Then He added, “…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (Jn. 3:3b, 5b)
Jesus was pointing out that there is a decisive difference between seeing the kingdom and entering into the kingdom. One is not yet “spiritual” when one sees the kingdom; one has to enter the kingdom to be spiritual.
The church at Laodicea was not spiritual or she would not have declared that she was rich and in need of nothing. The old prophet saw the Lord in His temple and he exclaimed, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Isa. 6:5) It was because Isaiah had seen the King that he was able to say that he was unclean. He had not compared himself to the teachings of men or to his own ideas of clean; he had seen the Lord.
Paul wrote, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts; and then each one’s praise will come from God.” (I Cor. 4:5) One may think that this applies to a future day in time, but I am convinced by experience that the Lord, by His Spirit, shines His light into our hearts daily, so that little by little we are able to face the evil therein. When we acknowledge the evil that His light reveals, He removes it far from us. This is the work that He has been faithfully accomplishing in us by His Holy Spirit.
Most of us have at one time tried to achieve our own purification. We may have followed the teachings of men who have made themselves experts in analyzing the human psyche. We may have sat under the ministry of those who could point out our faults; some may have even tried to cast them out of us! But it is only when our Lord, by the Spirit, comes and lights up an area of darkness in us, that we can be cleansed and delivered from that darkness. He does not point out the darkness; He shines His truth (light) and His truth makes us free.
He alone knows the right time for this to happen. He alone can prepare us to accept His light of truth and receive our deliverance. No man, not even ourselves, is able to penetrate the heart and uncover the culprit. No man, not even self, has the power to cleanse and change the heart of anyone.
Laodicea was being faced with the truth as never before. His message to her is sharp and to the point, “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 spew you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked –
I counsel you to buy from Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with me.” (Rev. 3:15-20)
The Lord’s heart was yearning for this church. She had lost her enthusiasm for Him and had become “lukewarm.” He introduced Himself as the beginning of the creation of God. In the beginning was THE WORD… Her love for the word had become just a show. He was no longer the One who excited her. She was still in His mouth but she had fallen in love with her works and other lovers. This meant that she could still speak His word, but now she used it to elevate herself and not because she loved Him. Jesus warned them that this was not acceptable; He would spew her out of His mouth and she would no longer be part of His word.
Jesus said that she was lukewarm. She had no fire for the word. We have all heard ministers who put us to sleep; it could be that they were lukewarm. When a mother bathes her baby, she tries the water on the inside of her wrist. When she cannot feel the water at all, it is just right for the baby; it is lukewarm.
When we are lukewarm, the word we speak has absolutely no effect on anyone. It may be the right word but it produces no result. Some who begin well may still need to be revived. Churches often advertise that they are having revivals; they know that their people have lost their enthusiasm for the Word and have fallen asleep, so they try to bring someone new around to pep them up. This is what “lukewarm” churches do.
EAGER TO RECEIVE
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” (Rev. 3:19) The word “zealous” here means “eager to receive” or “quick to agree.” There can be no true repentance unless we first whole heartedly agree with the charge. This is one of the biggest obstacles of the church and I am speaking of those who have come out of the system and gone on to “higher revelations.” The higher revelation does not make us more spiritual and more like Jesus; it is when we receive it within ourselves that we are changed.
When the Lord directed Ezekiel to go speak to the rebellious house of Israel, He said to him, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. And He said to me, Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you. So I ate it, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.” (Ezek.3:1-3)
Today, the words of the scroll may not be the same as the words that were given to Ezekiel, but they are the words that we need to eat. We have heard it many times but now the time is at hand and we are called to become that Word.
Recently a brother in Washington State wrote to me. He had been eagerly praying about “becoming the Lord’s righteousness,” when he received this dream, “A man came to have dinner with me… I considered him to be my mentor or at least a great teacher of truth… anyway, he informed me that he could speak twenty languages and I was thrilled because I was wanting him to teach me something about the Aramaic language. Anyway, my reasoning was that Jesus liked that language a lot.
Well, it seemed that another person had let me use her kitchen to prepare the dinner for my guest and I had the table and plates and food and all was well until I started looking for silverware to eat with. All the forks were broken, some only had one prong left on them… I showed them to my guest and told him we could not eat with these utensils, and he agreed with me… I climbed up higher in the cabinet and found an old box of unused silverware but the forks in that box were bent and broken too.” (End of dream)
This brother said that he was baffled by the dream. He wrote, “It seems I cannot become the Lord’s righteousness because I don’t have something I need to eat it with… The Lord said for us to eat of His body and drink of His blood, to become a part of Him… What in the world could a fork or spoon be?” (End of quote)
Because many of us find ourselves in the same place, I felt impressed, (with the brother’s permission), to write this dream here. The dream is much like the letters that our Lord writes to His church. He first gives the good news… then the bad.
As it is with all of us, this brother has many things for which he is very grateful. First, there is this wonderful “guest” who came to dine with him. How grateful each of us is to have this wonderful Holy Spirit as our Guest within our own house!
This Guest speaks twenty languages. This means that the Holy Spirit speaks to us in whatever language it takes for us to understand Him. He uses symbols with which we are familiar to open our eyes to the vast realm of His invisible Spirit. Twenty is the number of “redemption” and our lovely Guest speaks twenty languages representing the fullness of our redemption in Christ. He has the ability to speak all the words that are necessary for our full and complete redemption.
The brother also had a kitchen available to fix and serve this dinner. The availability comes from the church herself. We receive the word by the Holy Spirit within, but it is because of all those who are also His church that we are able to put it together ready to eat. We receive our confirmation from one another in ways that would not be possible without this chain of which we are but a link.
Even those who have gone to the other side of the veil are witnesses of the words that we are receiving. In the dream, the woman had made her kitchen available but she was not in the picture. The true church to which we belong is very real but it is invisible in the natural; we are linked together in the Spirit. It is the “Wire Church.” We may know each other in the flesh and we may even meet often, yet it is only our connection in the Spirit that binds us together. So we can be one without seeing each other, but we cannot be one if we are not one in the Spirit, even if we see each other often.
I never cease to be amazed at the quantity and quality of the Word that He speaks to us through the “Wire.” Be it by telephone, emails, internet sites, we receive His Word constantly even from those who are in distant and remote places of the world. Through it all, the Holy Spirit teaches us to discern what is of God and what is not; surely, there is a lot of food in the church’s kitchen.
The table speaks of the fellowship or the sharing that we partake of in the Spirit; it is fully set and the plates and the food are ready. The silverware is the tool that transports this food into our very being. This is where there is a problem.
It is not enough to hear the word, one must eat the word otherwise it is only knowledge and knowledge puffs up. We may try to manipulate the word to get it to work wonders in our lives. We may try to emulate someone we think is very spiritual. We may faithfully attend conferences and camp meetings until we leave these places as on cloud nine, but unless we eat the Word, we are soon right back to square one.
So what is it that these broken and bent forks tell us? We have the wonderful word of life. We have the revelation of the Spirit. We agree with it all, but somehow we do not have the tool to make it our own. The Word remains knowledge but does not find a home in us.
Perhaps it is that we are impatient; we want to become as He is overnight. Eating one forkful at a time takes time. One has to place a little on the fork, then chew on it, and swallow. We may have tried to overload the fork and gulp down a bite larger than we could chew. Some have even tried to proclaim that they have eaten the entire revelation and are already perfect. Could it be that the bites have been too heavy and this is what the dream revealed by the broken and bent fork prongs?
A well-known verse teaches this, “But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isa. 40:31) Waiting for the Lord to initiate our moves is the key to renewing our strength and running in the Spirit without fainting. When we initiate our own moves and ask God to bless them, we are taking charge ourselves and we will carry the weight of the entire burden.
Good teaching is repetitious. It must be one forkful at a time and then it can be assimilated and digested. In the natural, we enjoy the same bread and the same tasty morsels again and again but it is fresh each time. In the Spirit, we are served the same truth but it is renewed each time. Jesus taught, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matt. 5:6) How blessed we are to have a healthy appetite for truth.
I COUNSEL YOU…
Counsel according to wisdom is priceless. When the Lord speaks these words, “I counsel you…” we should be comforted and filled with joy. Isaiah said, “His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9:6b) He was Counselor when He came to Laodicea and He is our Counselor today. Before Jesus left this earth, He told His disciples that He was sending the Helper or Comforter.
Amplified Bible writes it this way, “However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say, it is profitable – good, expedient, advantageous – for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you – into close fellowship with you. But if I go away, I will send Him to you – to be in close fellowship with you.” (Jn.16:7)
By means of His Holy Spirit, Jesus sends us His counsel all the time. It often comes through dreams or by revelation or whatever means He establishes with each one in close fellowship. His counsel is sure and will not fail us. He enlightens us and strengthen us every step of the way. It is only when He tests our faith that we feel alone, but because we know we can trust and rely on His love, we make it through.
Paul wrote, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…” (II Tim. 3:1) We know that we are truly living in perilous times. Today, the world systems are being assaulted and battered with deadly blows and the recovery that all are hoping for seems to be nearly impossible.
It is only when we eat the Word that God speaks to us that we are safe and secure. While some are still waiting for a physical rapture, we have been caught up in heavenly places in Christ. Now we are looking for the appearing of the Son of God in His body and we have peace as we keep our minds and hearts on Him.
When Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, stood among the people, he declared this. “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:19-21)
Surely, these are words for us today. Repentance is coming to the creation who is groaning and travailing under the bondage of corruption. It will receive the sons of God and be delivered. We are coming in to such days.
Recently I received this dream and I knew that it came from the heart of our loving Counselor. In the dream, “I was in my house. A fierce wind was blowing outside and it was increasing in force by the minute. Soon it was blowing stronger than I have ever heard any wind blow against the house. I have lived in Florida for fifty-four years and have gone through a few very severe hurricanes in South Florida, but this wind was much intense and severe than any I had ever heard.
However, I felt safe and secure in my house and had no fear. Soon, I heard a cracking noise and looked at the living-room wall behind my television. The paneling of the wall and the plasterboard behind it were cracking from the force of the wind. That concerned me, but then I awoke.” (End of dream)
The interpretation seems obvious but the true meat of the Word has to be understood by the Spirit. I knew that the Lord was assuring me that my “spiritual house” is safe and secure against the destructive winds that are blowing increasingly stronger in the world. But what about the crack that was starting in the wall behind the television? What is it that I watch that could cause this to happen? I know that some would say, “Throw out the TV!” but I have gone that route for many years and I do not feel condemned for watching some nice documentaries, animal rescues, cooking recipes or news on what is happening in the world.
The next morning I retrieved my email as usual and found several forwarded letters from Christians who are very pre-occupied with the affairs of the world and of the government. They are extremely anxious about the economy and the coming election and flood the people on their mailing lists with alarming views and statistics of the disasters that loom if so and so is elected. They may well be right, but as usual I delete this kind of mail. It was then that the Lord spoke to my heart about my dream. “This kind of pre-occupation is what causes our wall of protection to crack.” When one is caught up in the vortex of the news about the war, the economy, the election or our national security, one loses the strength and protection that the Lord gives through His truth.
I quickly realized that although it is all right to know what is going on in the world, it is not good to get mired into the politics of it. Even well meaning Christians are in danger of losing the safety and security of their spiritual house by keeping their eyes on what is happening in the world and not about our Father’s business.
This dream is an admonition from the Spirit. We need to remember that we are a separated people onto Him. Our spiritual house is safe and can with-stand these perilous times, but if we get caught up in man’s affairs, our walls of safety are subject to cracking. This is the counsel of the Lord to me and it is the counsel of the Lord for all who will hear.
Today there are some who call themselves prophets of God but are really prophets of the world. One must be grounded in the truth that it is the coming manifestation of God’s sons that is causing the winds of adversity to blow so hard. It is because the kingdom of God is soon to be seen in the earth that everything established by man is falling and disintegrating before our eyes. This is the work of God.
GOLD TRIED IN THE FIRE
The word to the church at Laodicea is not a word to an immature church. Jesus said, “As many as I love I rebuke and chasten.” His letters were a sign of His love. When we receive a word of chastening from His Holy Spirit, we should rejoice; it is always a good word!
Laodicea needed to know that they were not as rich as they thought. While they were counting on the wealth of their gold, the Lord counseled them to buy real gold from God; gold tried in the fire. God’s gold is His untarnishable, indestructible, everlasting nature. We know that by faith, we are forgiven of our sins, but then, the door is opened for us to walk with His Spirit and work out our salvation.
Paul taught the church, “Therefore my beloved, as you have always obeyed… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:12-13) Paul was commending their obedience to his teachings, but he wanted them to know that it is only obedience to the Spirit within that leads into our doing God’s will and good pleasure. This is how we work out our salvation.
From his furnace of affliction, Job said, “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10) Job was not speaking about turning into a piece of shining gold; he was referring to that precious nature that is acquired by holding on to the faith through suffering.
The Lord arranges the trials that will test our faith. They are not of our own making. They are to refine the gold of His nature within and not for punishment. When we hold to the faith, even as Satan comes mercilessly against us and God does not seem to answer our pleas, the Christ that is formed in us is being tested.
When God arranged for His servant Job to be tried, He told Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” (Job 1:8) God knew that Job was ready. It is when we have walked with Him through the fire that the gold of His nature appears from within.
When we eat His Word, the gold that cannot be destroyed is deposited in our hearts and minds. Wood, hay and stubble represent the works of the flesh and they burn, but gold can only be refined. Beloved, the more gold within us, the more testing by fire we will go through, but with each testing, more of the ways of man are burnt up and more refined gold appears in our lives. Job said, “He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” The refined gold of God is reflected in us with each trial.
“I counsel you to buy from Me… white garments that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed…” The Lord was actually saying that without white garments, a soul is naked. Even though they were believers and part of His church, they could still be naked; they needed to purchase white garments from Him.
A garment speaks of the covering of the soul. When Adam and Eve sinned in Eden, they saw that they were naked. They quickly covered themselves with fig leaves (good works), but “The Lord God made tunics (coats) of skin, and clothed them.” (Gen. 3:21) God covered them with skin. This is the garment of flesh that is our house today. But God counsels the church to buy new garments from Him. The skins that He gave us are only temporary, but God had a plan – He gave His Son.
“Therefore when He (Jesus) came into the world, He said, sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, Behold, I have come – In the volume of the book it is written of Me – To do Your will O God.” (Heb. 10:5) God gave His Son a body of flesh to accomplish the complete work of salvation and purchase the white garments that He had purposed for us all.
We know that our Lord and Savior laid His flesh body on the cross to atone for sin. We also know that He was RESURRECTED with a new body of glory. Jesus paid the ultimate price to purchase this new body for us. God gave His Son a body of flesh to offer as a sacrifice on the cross. Jesus took that same body through the fires of hell unto glorification. He became the first to receive His new garment. He is the firstborn of the new creation of God in Christ.
This body of glory is the garment that He has purchased for us all. When our garment of flesh is dissolved, our souls stand naked before God but the white garment of resurrection that we buy from Him covers the shame of our nakedness. The currency to buy our salvation is “faith.” If we cannot believe, we cannot receive. It is God’s goodness that creates the events in our lives to bring us to faith and repentance. It is when we receive His Spirit that we are free from the sentence of death. “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Rom. 8:11)
“Without a vision, the people perish…” With poor vision, things can be blurry or distorted. The Lord advises, “…anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (Vs.18c) The Lord was not referring to that wonderful salve for which Laodicea was so famous; He was talking about an ointment that could only be purchased from Him. They had no idea that their vision had become distorted and dim as they stated that they were “rich and had need of nothing.” But the Lord told them that “they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.” Yet He did not cast them away; He lovingly said, “I counsel you…”
It would have been simple if their remedy had been the literal eye salve that made this town famous. But this was a spiritual problem and they needed a much more precious eye salve than that. When the Lord said, “Anoint your eyes with eye salve,” He was speaking of an anointing that can only be dispensed by His Holy Spirit. Salve usually has to be applied daily. It is when we are open to the words that the Spirit speaks to us daily that our vision becomes clear and that our eyes are healed.
Daily, the Holy Spirit anoints our eyes so that we can see clearly in the Spirit and learn to discern the things that are of God from the things that are of the world or of the worldly religious systems? He often speaks to us through the things that we have to do each day. When we seek Him and quiet the turmoil or confusion of our own thoughts, He comes and shows us His way. He gives us the answer of peace that we need. He answers our questions even before we ask.
With each day, it seems that pressures of life increase and we find less and less time to do the things we need to do for our families and ourselves. But when we buy the anointment that His Holy Spirit has for us, we begin to see beyond these pressures and enter into His peace. Then we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. He sometimes takes drastic measures to bring us to a quiet place but that is also a blessing. It was in 1960 when I was rushing to get ready for work that I fell from the first rung of a small ladder and hit my knee on the concrete floor; I had cracked the kneecap. For six long weeks, I was in a cast and could not go to work and be about my usual busyness. This is when He sent a neighbor to talk to me about Him and I heard His voice.
After that, I found myself busier than ever. Now I was running to meetings and doing things that I thought pertained to serving the Lord. It took twenty years for Him to finally bring me to the end of myself so that I could apply His salve on my eyes and see clearly the truth that He was showing me.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. He is ready to dine with us. This means that He wants to partake of our joys, our fears, our concerns and all the things that come our way. Then He wants us to dine with Him… He wants us to partake of all that He has for us. He wants to share truth and spiritual realities with us so that we may know Him as He really is. It is when we see Him as He is that we will be like Him. “Beloved, now we are the children (sons) of God; and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (I Jn. 3:2) His eye salve is making us see.
MY FATHER’S THRONE
“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” The Lord is actually exhorting His church to overcome her weaknesses and to find her seat in the authority and power of the Father
Before leaving this earth, Jesus said, “…In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33b) Jesus overcame the world, the flesh and the devil. This is why He declares that He is seated on His Father’s throne. He has been granted the full power of His Father. Moreover, He has given us the very same Spirit to overcome as He did. He wants us to know that we are called to the same place of authority and power as He. The price we pay for this is to overcome.
Jesus did not leave us powerless; He gave us the very same Spirit that was working in Him to overcome. The same Spirit overcame death itself. Little by little, He has led us through this overcoming walk and the day is at hand when the last enemy will be under our feet as well.
The enemy of our soul knows that if he can warp our vision and rob us of our enthusiasm, he can win. Daily, he attacks our bodies and minds with pain and depressed thoughts. But we find the overcoming of the Christ within us and we come above all these things; by His Spirit, we will overcome even death and the grave.
We overcame the world when we turned our hearts and lives over to Him and set our hearts to follow Him. We made mistakes and paid the price but we made it through. The world is no longer a lure to us. We overcome the flesh when we hear the Spirit revealing our faults and correcting our ways each day. We are not the same today that we were yesterday. We are overcoming the devil just as Jesus did in the temptations of the wilderness; this is the area of our worship. His gentle but firm Holy Spirit has been faithful to direct us and bring us out of the things that we thought were of God but were only counterfeit versions.
Today we see the last ditch effort of the devil as he has persuaded some of his most charming and alluring preachers to lead the people into seeking a life of ease and luxury. As people look for a refuge of peace in a world filled with rioting and violent men, they are easily attracted to their kind of teaching. The devil is using every tool at his disposal to keep the people bowing down to him.
When we come to our final overcoming, we will find our seat with Jesus in the Father’s full authority. We will rule and reign with Him in His throne and all the enemies, even the last enemy which is death will be under His feet and our feet. This is God’s plan, not for ourselves only but for the deliverance of the entire creation. Amen!
Because of His love,
LOVE LETTER SERIES NO. SEVEN – MSG. No. 185 [Jackie Caporaso] 1