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?
A message to Pergamum, a compromising church:
“I know that you live in the city where satan has His throne, yet you have remained loyal to me. You refused to deny me even when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred among you there in satan’s city…”
How many of us see the hand and affliction satan has in your own city? It’s not hard to see his work, but how many of us can say we have traveled to cities where you can sense satan’s dominion in the atmosphere. I have. It gives me chills, not in a sense of fear, but more of just yuck. These places aren’t particularly ugly either, many are beautiful and rich in history in fact. Over time, satan has developed a throne in these cities/ nations.
What an honor it is to pray in those cities, to pray for those appointed to live in those cities to remove satan from his throne there. It is not an easy task as we see here in this set of scriptures, but even still GREATER IS HE IN US and He gives us His authority and victory in all places. Wherever we step foot, there is His glory and grace!
“…But I have a few complaints against you. You TOLERATE some among you whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who showed Balak how to TRIP UP the people of Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin…”
If you are a believer who has grown to know God’s loving and merciful character, you know that He is not asking His church to be evil toward those who do evil. He has given a mandate from the time of Adam and Eve to “to be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign…” God also tells us in Romans 12:2, “Do not copy the culture of the world, instead let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
In the midst of culture around you, be the one that looks different because you are different. Light cannot be dark unless light is hidden. Be the fish that swims upstream, be the voice in silence, be the silence in the noise, be the flower that looks like no others around it.
I will be honest, I cannot stand trends. In my own opinion, not God’s, trends are an open door for culture to influence you. God calls us to influence the world. Sometimes your influence is in trend like mine right now in styling houses, but sometimes it’s not like me with sharing about how incredible Young Living oils are for health. Culture always finds a way in to de-glorify what is good. Young Living oils are good, most other brands are not. Loving others is good, allowing others to walk off a cliff is not. Honor is good, freedoms handed away is not. Telling others to be themselves is good, not showing them who they are in The Word is not. Peace is good, domination and loss of identity is not.
“In a similar way, you have some Nicolatians among you who follow the same teaching [Balak and Balaam].”
What teaching is He warning us of? The Nicolatian doctrine was based on compromising and ultimately conquering people by combining christianity with paganism for the sake of success and peace.
What’s wrong with that everyone does it, it’s give and take, Sara. To compromise for the sake of getting along LEADS to being conquered. God warns us in Proverbs 14, “there is a path that seems right to a man, but it’s way leads to death.”
Our lives should not reflect the world’s culture around us.
“…Repent of your sin, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been stored away in Heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.”
Friends, where satan has enthroned himself- let us use our God given crowns and authority to remove his stolen stake and kingship here on the earth. Let us resist from compromising our faith to be honored in society. God’s word says that we can have favor with both God and man when stay true. Does that mean we won’t face persecution or rejection, no; but there is favor and glory around the corner if we stay on the path of what God defines as good and true.
Be the influence, not the compromise!
Be the victorious, not the conquered!
All my love, Sara
Disclaimer: If me sharing about how I am a Young Living representative offends you, please don’t let it. My God reigns in all areas of my life. I don’t compartmentalize where God is, the ares of my life will not bed separated but yet God is in the center of them all.