i have been thinking about Revelation 3:16 lately and all of a sudden it makes sense. God would rather have us say i don’t believe, i am not a Christian before he wants us to be cold, a ‘fake Christian’ who sits around claiming to be a follower and a member of the God fan club.
“In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.”—King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 7:14)
“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.”—King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 2:24)
Most people embrace individualism and neglect to see the need and potence of community, but then when they experience defeat or struggle, they require help from the very source they’ve blatantly abandoned. Once, back on their feet, they succumb to that all-too-familiar selective amnesia again. I…
[F]or there is one God; and there is none other but he:
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”—Joshua, Son of Nun (Joahua 22:5)