The Following is a quote from the “Word for Today” radio program. It speaks to a mental condition that is growing in the world and perhaps in the body of Christ as well.
Psychologists have begun to speak of what is perhaps today’s largest mental health problem. And it’s a rapidly growing problem. They call it ‘FTT’, which means ‘failure to thrive’. When you have it, you’re still able to function, but you’ve lost your sense of hope and meaning. FTT isn’t the presence of mental illness; it’s the absence of mental, spiritual and emotional vitality. In ancient lists of deadly sins it was called ‘acedia’, which means ‘weariness of soul and inability to delight in life’. It’s why Jesus looked at a crowd of people with dead marriages, dead-end jobs, and a feeling of inner deadness, and said, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10 NIV). In a vision, Ezekiel saw a valley full of dead bones. It was FTT in its final form. God asked him, ‘Can these bones live?’ He replied, ‘…You alone know’ (Ezekiel 37:3 NIV). God did know, and He made them come alive. And He can cause you to live again, and to thrive. The Talmud says that every blade of grass has an angel bending over it whispering, ‘Grow, grow.’ Paul said that in Christ the whole redeemed company ‘…grows and builds itself up in love…’ (Ephesians 4:16 NIV). But it’s not just about you. God wants you to flourish so that people can be encouraged, gardens can be planted, music can be written, sick people can be helped, or companies can thrive in ways they otherwise would not. So let’s stop and propose a toast: ‘Here’s to the person God designed, desired, and has determined you will become!’
Failure to Thrive
Read the quote above again. Can you feel the “spiritual deadness” in the condition described? Brethren what is spiritual deadness but the lack of ZEAL! Many in the Laodicean ERA of God’s Church have lost mental, spiritual and emotional vitality.
We have in many ways lost our first love of the truths of God. We have had these truths for so long and so much has happened to us over time that we have lost that vitality regarding what we know to be the truths of God. We have gone into a long term wait mode. We think that we have been given all that we need to be saved but because we are no longer actively striving to overcome we have lost that zeal that empowers us to move forward. We are in a spiritually deadly wait mode.
The problem with this is that the longer we stay in this mode the more we are quenching God’s Holy Spirit within us. Like 5 of the ten virgins we do not have a reservoir of God’s Holy Spirit to draw on. The flame is in the process of going out. What do you think will happen to us in that condition when the real destructive forces of the Four Horsemen arrive on the scene. How will we be able to overcome the terrible problems that will arise just from the first four seals of Revelation the precursor to the Great Tribulation of the Fifth Seal?
Brethren the church that finds itself in the Laodicean ERA is as Mr. Armstrong used to put it “in DEADLY DANGER”!
God has given us many spiritual tools with which to do battle spiritually when bad times come but all of those tools are powered by God’s Holy Spirit. Our lack of Zeal, that spiritual, mental and emotional vitality that comes from our First Love of the truth is failing us and the Spirit within us is being sapped and weakened (quenched if you will)!
Notice this is what Christ is attempting to do for us. He is Knocking on our door and asking us to open to him. He shows us that we have to get back that zeal and repentance from “dead works” in order to be able to open to him and be fed.
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Here is the work of Christ in this ERA. Before He opened mighty doors so that the World might be warned and the True Gospel might be preached in power to the world as a witness. Now while the True Gospel is still be preached to the world the emphasis of Christ Himself is not with opening doors to the world using our organizations but rather to each of us of the body of Christ as individuals to open the door ourselves, through zealous repentance, so that He can come in and feed us to prepare us for what is coming.
May God help us all to apply this eye salve to help us to understand, to wake and rise up to what needs to be done. Notice there is an urgency to this.
Luk 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
Luk 12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Let’s get that Vitality back into our lives so that we can open the door to Christ immediately and get ourselves ready for what is surely coming soon on this world. Let us get back that spiritual, mental and emotional vitality, that ZEAL that we are lacking.
No more FTT for the Body of Christ in Laodicea! Lets THRIVE for God once again.