Written by His Grace Jan. 16, 2003

By: Kevin K. O’Connor

 

Main thought: To express the desire of Our Heavenly Father’s heart for us to be men and women of conviction.

 

Faithfulness to the End!

 

The more I grow to know God’s beautiful Loving Heart, the more I desire to know Him. I desire to please Him for all of His Loving kindnesses to me. So, as I look into His Word, I see another one of those flags that wave to me and declare another beautiful trait of God’s character and that is Faithfulness. My heart’s desire then is to grow in my understanding of the attribute of Faithfulness. It’s amazing how God says in His Word how He’d rather people be either hot or cold but the state of being lukewarm sickens Him. Revelation 3:14-16 14"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

 

God admires those with conviction even if they might be misguided for He knows how to guide misguided ships that are at least moving into the correct direction. But, those people/ships that are motionless and have no conviction does not have God’s admiration. Oh, how I’ve grown to love our Brother Paul who gave his all for Christ, a man who was a true man who in my opinion was stronger than the strongest man who may be alive today. For true strength is that which is from the heart and not the flesh. 2 Timothy 4: 6-8 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

 

I believe that each soul will be judged to the degree that we’ve lived our convictions. 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (Whole Chapter: 2 Corinthians 5 In context: 2 Corinthians 5:9-11) And when I say convictions I mean those feelings of right verses wrong. And, only God knows what Truth we’ve had access to and what we haven’t. The more knowledge we’ve applied to our hearts, the more accountability we will have. Luke 12:48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Whole Chapter: Luke 12 In context: Luke 12:47-49) The more we live what we believe is right verses that which is wrong, the greater our reward will be. I grow in amazement at how judgmental we become as we’re granted understanding. Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. (Whole Chapter: Romans 14 In context: Romans 14:9-11

 

I believe that there will be those who haven’t known Christ and have died for what they believe and have a lesser judgment than those who have known of Christ and yet lived their own life. Hebrews 10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, (Whole Chapter: Hebrews 10 In context: Hebrews 10:25-27) James 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins. (Whole Chapter: James 4 In context: James 4:16-18) It seems that when we’re granted revelation we feel that those who haven’t been given revelation just have no hope. I feel that God alone knows the depth and width of revelation to each and every person and each one of us need to learn how stand on our own two feet and walk with Him. I think that if we spend more time and energy desiring to know Him then we won’t find ourselves pointing our fingers or our hurtful words at others.

 

Oh how I wish we wouldn’t get so puffed up when God desires to bless us with possessions or knowledge. I have a little dog, a miniature pinscher. And when she was young and new to the family she seemed quite sweet and innocent and yet as we’ve pampered her and babied her, she’s grown into a very defensive dog. We love her but she seems to think that we should love only her. It seems like we do that as people. When God smiles upon us, we think that He smiles only at us and yet He loves everyone with a very passionate loving heart. We need to keep our eyes on the goal which is Love who is God and not get caught up in endless ramblings about head knowledge and not heart knowledge; 1 Timothy 1:4-6 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God's work--which is by faith. 5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. Notice, the goal “Love that comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

 

May we learn how to strengthen the feeble hands of those around us and to wrap our hearts around the Word of God that breathes new life into our old dried out bones. We need to learn to speak of faith and not of doubt, life and not of death. We need to align our hearts with His who is the Great Overcomer and who is coming back for overcomers. We need to learn to hate sin and unbelief and complacent love like He does, first within ourselves, and then in this world. We need to learn how to come along side of His and take His burden of Love for this lost and dying world.

 

Passion for the lost will be birthed in our hearts as we draw near to the One Who has laid His life down for all of us. If our eyes only focus on those areas of our weaknesses, like not loving those without Christ more, not loving our spouses more, not praying for our enemies, then we’ll never grow to the point of maturity with Christ. Our eyes need to be on Him Who alone can complete the maturity in those areas we need to grow. Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Whole Chapter: Philippians 1 In context: Philippians 1:5-7)

 

He is the Rock on which we must stand. He is the wherewithal to fight the fight of Faith. He is the One from where our breath originates and to where it will return. May we ever learn how to listen to His voice that our lives may ever be transformed into His image and our walk be a Faithful one.

 

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