A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9
If we were to be honest with ourselves, what church would we be a member of today? These posts are not for judging churches but instead to see what kind of church am I reflecting?
Honestly, many of us could say a combination of them either at the same time or different times in our lives.
- Ephesus: loyal church
- Smyrna: suffering church
- Pergamum: compromising church
- Thyatira: overly tolerant church
- Sardis: dead church
- Philadelphia: weak, but obedient church
- Laodicea: lukewarm, uncommitted church
The Message to Thyatira, an overly tolerant church, “I know all the things you do. I have seen your:
- Servant hood
- Patient endurance
- Constant improvement in ALL things”
The Lord is so good to show us the good qualities we have, right. He is a loving father who wants to show us that He believes in us. When we partner with Him we get to be more and more like Him.
He demonstrates how we as parents can teach and discipline our own children. He shows us the good in us as a foundation of who we are, but He also exposes the parts of us that can destroy us. Why?
Because we are His masterpiece. He knows the plans He has for us. He knows the enemy is cunning with tactics that we may not even see or we may just turn a blind eye to—not realizing how destructive it actually is.
What if there were termites in my house but because it isnt really affecting me, I just keep on doing whatever it is I’m doing. If I continue not doing anything to eliminate the termites, they will multiply and infect my house? At some point my walls, floors, ceilings will start to fall apart and ultimately my house will be destroyed from the inside out.
In His message to Thyatira, Jesus goes on to say, BUT….. I see this issue here:
“You are permitting (allowing) that woman—that Jezebel [spirit] who calls herself a prophet— to LEAD MY SERVANTS ASTRAY.”
Jesus prophesied this deceitful, deadly spirit of Jezebel will try to rise up again in the end times just like she did in the time of Elijah and in this 1st century church as well. How do we recognize this spirit?
“She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols.”-Revelations 2:20
Romans 1:21- . Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. [Do we see this today— morphing who God can be in their life?]
As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, but they became utter fools instead. [Does our world continue to multiply in confusion and darkness around us?]
…So God abandoned them [yep—-out of His love and grace, He allows us to choose life or death. He doesnt turn His back on us, but He doesn’t stop us from walking away from Him.
I imagine a line that separates a dark path from a light path. As we cross over that line and walk in the darkness, God CANNOT cross that line too. But! Imagine Him just at arm’s length away at any moment along this line, through Jesus we get to repent and cross that line back into God’s path out of the darkness. How insanely incredible is this?!]
Let’s continue in Romans, “So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.
“They traded the truth about God for a lie.”
So they worshipped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself… Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other.
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness:
- Malicious behavior
They became backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful…”
How aweful does that sound? Many on-fire for God disciples get to share their testimonies of how they came out of all that! And God goes on to warn us to never find ourselves judging those who walk in such destruction. Be on guard!
Romans 2:4 “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?”
So christians can be taught that because God “tolerates our sin” we can accept and turn a blind eye to the destruction it causes, but that’s not what God says in His word.
He warns us to NOT TOLERATE such teaching that sin is okay, because as we see it’s not.
Why? So many ask this. And part of the answer is because un-repented sin DESTROYS us from the INSIDE OUT. God instructs us to crucify our flesh and any destructive desires that the world/ the spirit of Jezebel entices us to think as good.
God warns us to not destroy our bodies because they are the house for our spirit. Jesus warns us here “not to eat food offered to idols”. We can’t “consume”—or take in— what is foolish, filthy, and dead because we too will become foolish, filthy, and dead.
Jesus went on to say this about the spirit of Jezebel among us, “I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality. Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly UNLESS they repent (put action to their choice) and TURN AWAY from her evil deeds.” [Church, you cannot compromise any longer getting in bed with such a spirit.]
“I will strike her children dead. [This Jezebel spirit will multiply and multiply among people just like those termites will] THEN all the churches will know I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person [gives you time to see if you are being destroyed from the inside out!].
But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have NOT followed this false teaching of Jezebel. I will ask nothing more of you except that YOU HOLD TIGHTLY TO WHAT YOU HAVE until I come...Jesus urges us to maintain our position of authority and occupy our position! Not accommodating or tolerating the teaching of sin, no matter how much pressure the spirit of Jezebel applies.
Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Holy Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.”
Wow! What an on-time word for us to tighten our armour and guard THE FAITH. The Faith cannot be conformed to the world. The church cannot afford to lie in bed with such a deceitful, destructive spirit as Jezebel. We cannot be an Ahab church. (Ahab allowed her spirit to destroy his life and his kingdom through her cunning speech.)
All my prayers, Sara