These are perilous times in our nation — in our world. Seriously, these are unprecedented days! As we observe the times, the great falling away, the great delusion under which our society continues: the lawlessness, the seeming hopelessness, degradation, evil, anger, immorality; let’s not become weary in well doing — let’s not be led astray, held captive or defeated by the words and actions of the deceivers or the great deceiver himself.
I say all this because potential effects of the warp speed at which society is careening in an ever increasing downward spiral away from truth — away from righteousness — away from God. Our homes have been the first target–and the church has not been far behind. It seems the more we seek to stand for truth and righteousness, the more it seems far from us. At least that’s how it feels here in this Christian home.
Thus, more to the point and in light of the following Scripture, I have to ask myself hard questions and take a good long look in the mirror; I need some extended time to examine my path, my heart, my steps. Am I walking my talk? Am I doing my saying? Am I believing my beliefs? Am I? Really? Am I holding fast to that which is good? Am I labouring for the Lord? Am I fainting? Have I left my first love? What am I doing here in the place and with the time the Lord’s given me?
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” —Revelation 2.1-7