I was in my mid thirties when I received a dream while sleeping. I am nobody special, I’m not some important Church figure, or anything like that. I am an ordinary human being walking on this world just like everyone else. I had sinned, I still sin, and will continue to sin. As it’s written, my heart is deceitful, and only the Lord directs my steps. He chose me to do His bidding, and I’m only His clay that He molds everyday. He delivered a dream to me concerning my purpose.
I am standing in my parents kitchen with my parents, and my siblings. We were having a heated discussion, as usual. This dream was no different, except, suddenly, there were written 5 Holy Scriptures written on one of the walls in my parents kitchen. No sooner than I seen them they began to fade. In desperation, I ran around the kitchen table to retrieve any, or all of the Scriptures. By the time I arrived at the wall I was only able to grasp one. I had not ever read the writings of the Prophet Ezekiel. Ironically, many of the people I would encounter since my conversion from the Roman system of belief and worship were also of backgrounds in similar religious beliefs and practices.
In Ezekiel 3, I was told to,
- And he said unto me, Son of man, eat that which thou findest; eat this roll, and go, speak unto the house of Israel. 2) So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat the roll. 3) And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
4) And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. 5) For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel; 6) not to many peoples of a strange speech and of a hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, if I sent thee to them, they would hearken unto thee. 7) But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are of hard forehead and of a stiff heart. 8) Behold, I have made thy face hard against their faces, and thy forehead hard against their foreheads. 9) As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house. 10) Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thy heart, and hear with thine ears. 11) And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
And that brings me here, around 30 years latter, speaking to those who profess to follow the Lord Jesus. The question is, are any of us really practicing His commands that we know are true? No, none of us are. However, we need to get back up, and continue our walk with our Creator. He expects us to pick up our crosses to follow Him. We will be persecuted, even by family and friends, because of our willingness to center our lives around God’s ordinances, and precepts. We are to be separate from what the world teaches, and those who distort the truth of the Holy Spirit.
Are we to be blending in with the world, or are we to be set apart, looking, and acting differently? Do we dress, act, and talk as our peers? And do we see ourselves doing the same with those we idolize in the entertainment industry? Honestly, that is idolatry! We find it in the Church, but is more prevalent in the world. All the hero’s and heroines being worshiped is countless. It seems as though there is another stepping out on the stage for us to idolize.
I was there, and I still find myself slipping down that slippery slope and suddenly finding myself asking for forgiveness for my sins. I am eternally grateful for my name to be written in the book of life, yet, there is no credit that I can assume. I am a sinner, like you! Realizing His love for me, a creature made from dirt, a creature wonderfully made, yet filled with a sinful nature due to the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden. My very thoughts are sinful in most respects. Therefore, I must diligently seek His face to keep that hope that He gave to me so many years ago.
Our job is to die to the affections we have in this world and focus on pleasing our Father in Heaven. We are called to be disciples, followers of Christ. As we expect our spouse to honor us in our marriage, and relationship, so it is with our Father Who has designated us as one of His Church, His Spotless Bride! Let us attain holiness as our Father in heaven is Holy.
Laodicea was the last and worst of the seven churches of Asia. Here our Lord Jesus styles himself, “The Amen;” one steady and unchangeable in all his purposes and promises. If religion is worth anything, it is worth every thing. Christ expects men should be in earnest. How many professors of gospel doctrine are neither hot nor cold; except as they are indifferent in needful matters, and hot and fiery in disputes about things of lesser moment! A severe punishment is threatened. They would give a false opinion of Christianity, as if it were an unholy religion; while others would conclude it could afford no real satisfaction, otherwise its professors would not have been heartless in it, or so ready to seek pleasure or happiness from the world. One cause of this indifference and inconsistency in religion is, self-conceit and self-delusion; “Because thou sayest.” What a difference between their thoughts of themselves, and the thoughts Christ had of them! How careful should we be not to cheat our owns souls! There are many in hell, who once thought themselves far in the way to heaven. Let us beg of God that we may not be left to flatter and deceive ourselves. Professors grow proud, as they become carnal and formal. Their state was wretched in itself. They were poor; really poor, when they said and thought they were rich. They could not see their state, nor their way, nor their danger, yet they thought they saw it. They had not the garment of justification, nor sanctification: they were exposed to sin and shame; their rags that would defile them. They were naked, without house or harbour, for they were without God, in whom alone the soul of man can find rest and safety. Good counsel was given by Christ to this sinful people. Happy those who take his counsel, for all others must perish in their sins. Christ lets them know where they might have true riches, and how they might have them. Some things must be parted with, but nothing valuable; and it is only to make room for receiving true riches. Part with sin and self-confidence, that you may be filled with his hidden treasure. They must receive from Christ the white raiment he purchased and provided for them; his own imputed righteousness for justification, and the garments of holiness and sanctification. Let them give themselves up to his word and Spirit, and their eyes shall be opened to see their way and their end. Let us examine ourselves by the rule of his word, and pray earnestly for the teaching of his Holy Spirit, to take away our pride, prejudices, and worldly lusts. Sinners ought to take the rebukes of God’s word and rod, as tokens of his love to their souls. Christ stood without; knocking, by the dealings of his providence, the warnings and teaching of his word, and the influences of his Spirit. Christ still graciously, by his word and Spirit, comes to the door of the hearts of sinners. Those who open to him shall enjoy his presence. If what he finds would make but a poor feast, what he brings will supply a rich one. He will give fresh supplies of graces and comforts. In the conclusion is a promise to the overcoming believer. Christ himself had temptations and conflicts; he overcame them all, and was more than a conqueror. Those made like to Christ in his trials, shall be made like to him in glory. All is closed with the general demand of attention. And these counsels, while suited to the churches to which they were addressed, are deeply interesting to all men.