God wants us to be Consistent and Faithful to Him (Part 1 Perseverance)
In this Laodicean ERA of God’s Church, many feel spiritually rich and increased with goods because of the tremendous amount of doctrinal truths that have been brought back and concentrated within this grouping of God’s people. But because of this many feel that they have no need of any help or additional knowledge about themselves causing them to become lethargic and self-satisfied, A VERY DANGEROUS condition to be in Spiritually.
As a result, many have become careless about what they have learned and have become lax in their efforts to live a truly Godly life. Like what happened for a time in Philadelphia the truths of God are being watered down in some areas and our people are too often allowing that to go unchallenged.
Take a look at some of the scriptures that will help you see the need to be persistent. It is a major part that will allow you to truly do God’s will to be Consistent and Faithful to Him.
“The only reason men fail is broken focus”
Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ,
We MUST hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
Heb 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
We have been given more knowledge than any church ERA in the History of the Churches of God. We must hold fast to that knowledge!
(Rev 3:11) Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
What are your daily habits? You must be consistent in:
- Reading your bible every day
- Applying the Bible to your life
- Praying every day
- Attending church regularly
- Paying your tithes regularly
- Sharing the Gospel with people
- Living as a Christian is sharing the Gospel
- But we must also be ready to give answer as a result of having lived as a Christian
Don’t let Satan distract you away from your relationship with God;
1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT)
8 Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.
9 Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NLT)
13 Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong.
14 And everything you do must be done with love.
Don’t drift away from the truth. Stand firm!
Colossians 1:23 (NLT)
23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed by God to proclaim it.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NLT)
15 With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on everything we taught you both in person and by letter.
You MUST be a finisher! In order to be saved, you must continue in your relationship with God all your life!
Hebrews 6:11-12 (NKJV)
11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,
12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Matthew 10:22 (NLT)
22 And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But those who endure to the end will be saved.
Acts 20:24 (NIV)
24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Acts 2:42 (NLT)
42 They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer.
We must be faithful and consistent in the ministries God has given each of us in this church, or the whole church hurts.
Romans 12:4-5 (NLT)
4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,
5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.
Don’t withdraw away from God when things in your life get tough;
James 1:3 (NLT)
3 For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
2 Timothy 4:5 (NLT)
5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at bringing others to Christ. Complete the ministry God has given you.
1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NLT)
11 But you, Timothy, belong to God; so run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and good. Pursue a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.
12 Fight the good fight for what we believe. Hold tightly to the eternal life that God has given you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.
I have noticed that it is hard to apply zeal consistently in my life if I don’t have something specific to do OR be concerned about. So I thought I would start this series of Three things that will help us be consistent and faithful to God. something that we can get ourselves zealous about doing. To help stave off the lethargic attitude of the Laodicean mindset and to get back to that feeling of ZEALOUSNESS THAT WAS PART OF OUR PHILADELPHIAN HERITAGE!