Ep7-Revelation chapter 3 relating to 2020 – AVOIDING END OF DAY SPRITUAL BLINDNESS by Dr John Barnett
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Welcome to our eighth class going through the book of Revelation as we study specifically in this hour revelation 3:14 2:22 Before we jump into that text I want to give you the context and that is that revelation is the only book that Jesus Christ wrote to every one of us alive today it’s to his servants who are living in the end of days and that’s us and the outline of the book that we’re following in this course is just the flow as it’s written the first three chapters are written to us the church on earth showing where we’re headed that as each believer you know dies the Lord calls them home they join all of those that are around the throne in fact yesterday was Easter Sunday do you know what I thought about there were more people worshiping Jesus Christ this Easter Sunday than anyone in history do you understand that there are more people now surrounding the throne and we join them and so that number in heaven is always going up and of course all of us here on earth are right now worshipping Him so we go to the church in heaven we’ll get there before long then the tribulation the best-known part of Revelation the second coming of Jesus Christ in chapter 19 the millennial rule of Christ the culmination of human history with the great white throne and then dwelling in heaven but again revelation and we’re gonna be in chapter 3 14 to 22 it’s the only part of the scripture that Jesus wrote to all of us today the rest he sent through his apostles but this letter were reading today was written by Jesus Christ himself and it’s the final church the Church in Laodicea and it’s more than a geographic place it’s also talking about types of believers as we’ll see today and also all the types the ages of the church throughout all history but chapter 3 and I’m going to read starting in verse 14 to the Angel of the Church of the Laodiceans write these things says the Amen the faithful the true witness the beginning of the creation of God I know your works that you are neither cold nor hot I could wish you were cold or hot so then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot I will vomit you out of my mouth Wow before we pray Jesus said avoid affluenza it makes me sick materialism blinds Christians so much so jesus said I will vomit you out of my mouth let’s bow for word of Prayer father I pray that you would open our eyes to behold wonderful things from your word and I pray that the message that our Lord Jesus our Savior our master gives to us we will heed today in Jesus name Amen what is materialism what is a salut Enza I bet you can see the English word affluence well a flu Enza is like influenza it’s getting infected with materialism and by the way materialism is not being wealthy it’s wanting things it is finding your joy in things in things that money can buy and in things that that that you do because you are wealthy or act because or where or have because you’re wealthy and what Jesus says is this is the this this is the way you know that you’re infected with affluenza verse 17 of chapter 3 because you say I am rich I’ve become wealthy and have need of nothing it’s kind of like self-sufficiency and do not know that you are wretched miserable poor blind and naked materialism blinds us to our true spiritual candy materialism fills our lives with everything else except what pleases God the pursuit of things so we see in the the scriptures they had materialism induced affluenza and what that means is that they were on the point of spiritual blindness and that’s the eighth lesson in our study today and today’s affluenza produces spiritual blindness and spiritual blindness is the danger now see this this chart here I remind you I show it every class it’s an overview of church history from the cross of Christ to his coming back to visit the churches in the second generation Jesus comes back to see his church on earth in the first three chapters he makes seven Geographic stops those seven stops are literal congregations there were really people in Ephesus there were really people in Smyrna and Pergamus and Thyatira Sardis Philadelphia and Laodicea but we’ve come here we’ve come to the final church so the final church is not only a geographic location it’s also a type of believer there are affluenza inflected materialistically blinded people in every Church of all history now there are also those that are really serving the Lord but the Lord’s crowded in their lives there are people suffering there are people that are getting comfortable run sin there are people that are infected with sin there are people that don’t even act like Christians and there are people that are doing everything Jesus wants but this last one is also a picture of where we’ve gotten to in the end of days I really believe that the Laodiceans characterized the 21st century church this church your mind I remind you by looking at this map is the final one going around like the face of a clock you know from 9 o’clock at Ephesus 10 o’clock at Smyrna about noon is it’s ayat iris Sardis Philadelphia now we’re at Leah to see about 5:00 p.m.
On the clock face literal churches in the epicenter of the Roman Empire and Jesus actually when he visited his church on earth these seven he gives a medical report and I have that for you right there in the slide they had heart problems in Ephesus their arteries were clogged with things other than Christ Smyrna he said don’t fear a Pergamus had immunity problems they were so much in Satan’s seat they were kind of like overexposed to sin the Thyatira now who were exposed they were infected thus are the people of Sardis kind of had heart arrest cardiac arrest at heart attacks they didn’t look alive as we saw last hour the people of Philadelphia were totally healthy Jesus came out did the run of all their their vitals he did all the blood work and everything he said you are operating exactly the way that I want my church to operate the last Church Laodicea spiritually blind and distracted they had as I shared at the beginning materialism induced affluenza now basically I read an article recently in the New York Times that talked about a group of Japanese gypsies now you don’t usually equate the Roma people gypsies with Japanese people but what they were talking about is they’re a group of Japanese that are going back into the radioactive zone of the Fukushima reactor meltdown which irradiated an area made it uninhabitable in fact in the early days the radiation was so hot that that it was destroying even the remote vehicles that they were sending in radio control they were burning them up but it’s cooled down a little bit so there is a group of people who would go in for a half hour a week maybe an hour the next week and scavenge among all the buildings that were that were a band that people left everything behind I mean they left their watch on the table they left their wallet in their pants they fled for their lives and so there’s kind of a lot to get there and so this group of people have cut their way through the fence and they scavenged and they only go in for a little while and you know it’s interesting people started and people know who they are because they they bring out stuff and sell it and everyone said wow they look so healthy but let me read to you what the New York Times said they’d go in a half-hour one week an hour the next week and the doctors are finding that even though they appear to be absolutely healthy on the outside because of exposing themselves to hutt such high levels of radiation they’re dying from the inside out the radiation levels even with a once in a while exposure ate away at the mirror of their bones shriveling up their production of blood cells and it’s only a matter of time till all of them die when Jesus visits the seventh Church Laodicea he found an equally dangerous condition the Laodiceans weren’t just going into the radiation zone once a week they lived there they were so consumed with the acquisition of stuff that they had come to the place where they were materialism blinded they had caught affluenza jesus said materialism doesn’t sound at all that dangerous to us here in America it’s not one of the overtly repulsive sins is one of the acceptable ones in fact we even treated as a virtue both here in America as they did it Laodicea but jesus said materialism shrivels our bones because as John records God say in 1st John chapter 2 this is what the Lord said love not the world what is loving the world it’s living for material things material material goals of life in fact the Lord says that our goals of life should not all have to do with money it should have to do with what seeking first the kingdom of God would do well this is Jesus what he says if you look at chapter 3 and verse 17 on the screen I have the words because you say I am rich I have become wealthy I have need of nothing and you don’t know that you’re wretched miserable poor blind and naked I counsel you see Jesus for each of these churches is saying if you have ears to hear listen to me I counsel you buy from me gold refined in the fire well real quickly let me give you a thumbnail kind of like a tour guide if you’re gonna visit Laodicea in the first century if you would go to latest see in the first century there are three things that the Laodiceans had number one it was a fashion Center number two it was a medical kind of hotspot of the ancient world a hub and finally it was a banking zone it was known for gold gold mining gold manufacturing gold storage so gold was big it also was kind of like the mayo clinic of the ancient world only ophthalmological ii it was a place of of eye care and then of course it was a fashion center why they grew a type of raised herds of sheep in laodicea that were unique in each or they were black they produced black silky wool and that wool was fashionable because it was so expensive then if you want to wear clothes that stood out you’d go to layer see and buy this black wool if you had any trouble and most people did have trouble with their eyes think about riding or walking or traveling along dusty roman roads most people were kind of walking through dust everywhere they went and dust gets in your eyes and first you know your eyes water and you blink and then all of a sudden you start developing eye sickness and there wasn’t meant that that doctors had discovered and had made in produced and sold and treated people in a hospital just for your eyes now wait a minute what you wear how you see and real go look back you don’t realize that your wretched miserable poor blind and naked blind naked poor you see Jesus used everything about the literal geographic place to communicate to these people he said every one of you know how everybody’s after the fashion of late Asiya after the eye salve of Laodicea after the gold and the banking and the wealth you you are loving the things of the world and seeking to have the best the world offers but you are blind to me what’s one of the biggest blinders well turning your Bible as you see right there on this slide Ecclesiastes five now for some of you maybe you’re new I’m getting so many notes from those of you that are watching this online and what have you told me you’re a brand new Christian so this is how you find Ackley’s EST is you open right to the middle of your Bible like this and right in the middle is Psalms and then you go to the right proverbs and the next books Ecclesiastes so there you are Ecclesiastes chapter five and what I’d like to give you is what the world’s richest man said were the dangers of materialism they’re just man the world more than the other person his name was Solomon and he had the world at his feet people came from all over the world to see him to pay homage to him to give him gifts because he was unsurpassed in education and knowledge and wealth he kind of had it all he was the the wisest man and the richest man at the same time on earth and it was all because of God’s blessing God gave him his wish for wisdom and no one compared to Solomon before or after other than the Lord Jesus Christ who is wisdom incarnate but among humans of all born on this earth Solomon was unstoppable he was unbridled in his ability to do pursue knowledge but he was more unbridled in his pursuit of pleasure if he wanted something he could have it when he set out to discover the best way to live and and he did it in any wrote about it in fact nobody compared to Solomon as a possessor of uncountable wealth and I’ll just read to you what the Bible says if we take the time to count what it says in in 2nd Samuel David the King left an inheritance to his son Solomon that the Bible says is 5000 tons of gold Wow that’s 160 million ounces of gold recently gold went past 1300 in fact I think with all that’s going on with the virus and everything it’s like a fifteen or sixteen hundred but before the virus it was at about 1300 do you know much that is that’s 280 billion dollars from dad that was just the gold that wasn’t a real estate that wasn’t the king and all the people and and all the subjects that was just his gold and then it said that that he gave him approximately Oh the silver about 32 billion dollars that was a million talents that 60 million pounds of silver so when Solomon writes a treatise on the danger of wealth he knows what he’s talking about by the way in the picture that’s you all recognize that right that’s Downton Abbey that’s Lord Carnarvon’s great home out in the English countryside but here’s what Solomon says starting in Chapter five weeklies the STS verse 10 he who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver Cleese estis 5:10 nor he who loves abundance with increase this is vanity lesson number one the more you have the more you want that’s easily seen one of the first billionaire we know of his name was john d rockefeller he had a famous saying someone said what would you like John Rockefeller and he said just one more dollar he already had more dollars Innoko County was the first billionaire all he want is one more God said it three thousand years ago the more you have the more you want next slide look at the second half of this verse nor he who loves abundance with increase this is vanity the more you have the less you’re satisfied have you ever noticed that people the more they have the more they look for something else because they don’t even want what they have there there is this relationship this reciprocity between how much you have and how much you want and how much you have and how satisfied you are with what you have you know some of the happiest people in the world are the people who have nothing how do I know that ask anybody that’s gone on a missions trip I’ve been in so many parts of the world where the people live with dirt floors they live in hammocks they live with nothing and yet they seem to smile all day long they don’t have any electronic gizmos in their pockets and they they don’t even have a watch on their arm and they just are smiling and happy and go about their lives and hum and sing and smile now now they’re roadies like that but go on a missions trip sometime and see how grateful people are who have nothing the more stuff we grasp on to the less satisfied we become the third lesson Solomon gives us is in verse 11 when goods increase the increase who eat them Wow you know that means the more stuff we own the more stuff everybody tries to get from us ask anybody that wins the lottery I love reading the biographies for the people that win the Super Max whatever it’s called lottery they have relatives they never knew existed suddenly come out of the woodwork and they want a piece i’ve talking to doctors who say somebody all want something from them because they assume they’re a doctor they’re rich the more you have the more stuff everybody tries to get from you including the government and they want to take it away from you fourth lesson from Salomon it’s the second part of verse 11 so what profit is it to the owners except they see them with their eyes what’s it talking about well the more stuff we pile up the less we can really use it think about it the next danger is the more you have the less you get to use it people can’t even park in their garages anymore you don’t want the funnest things to do is drive down the street and watch people coming home when they open their door their garage they can’t get the car in there their garages are so full of stuff they can’t even see what stuff they have they never get to use it when the garage gets full you go out and buy storage space to hold more stuff and the more you have the less you use it and you store it you never see it again and you don’t even think about it except for once a month when you have to pay for the storage facility Wow what’s really sad about the fact is that we hardly get to enjoy what we have because we store it and we’re afraid someone’s gonna get it we need a security system to protect it the more stuff we pile up the less of it we can really use Salomon also says in verse 12 the sleep of the laboring man is sweet weather eats little or much but the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep the more stuff we build up the more stuff we have to worry about the more you wonder if someone’s breaking into that auxilary place where you keep your stuff or into your home so you install a better security system or buy a safe or get insurance on everything that they sell insurance for but there’s no way to protect your stuff from worry and it’s the care of things jesus said the quenches our spiritual lives if you work for your food if you eat it and sleep you sleep well but when you have too much stuff you can’t sleep did you worry about it the sixth lesson Solomon gives us is in verse 13 he said there’s a severe evil I’ve seen Under the Sun riches kept for their owners to his own hurt the more stuff we hole onto tightly the more we get injured when death has to pry it from our hands think about that I’ve seen this happen it’s evident to your family you care more about your stuff than you care about them you care more about the promotion the better job the bigger office the bigger paycheck you spend all your time on getting more stuff you never show up for anything and then laying in your deathbed you realized you spent your life for everything except what mattered your family that you never had time to spend with the six danger of wealth is the more you have the more you can hurt yourself by holding tightly to it the last thing that psalmist says actually to in in this 14th verse it says but those riches perished through misfortune when he begets a son there is nothing in his hand as he came from his mother’s womb naked Shelly returned to go as he came what does that say the more stuff we keep the more stuff we can lose what does that mean well william bordon if you live anywhere in the eastern seaboard of the United States there’s Borden Derry you see it in every supermarket he was the heir his parents were giving him the business he went to a meeting as he was going to school in an Ivy League school heard a speaker actually responded the message got saved realized that he had a choice before him to manage this Empire of Derry or do something for the Lord he chose to go to China he actually sailed for China on the way to go to China to share the gospel and the Mediterranean he stopped in Egypt he had been there before but when he became a missionary he decided that he was going to learn the language of the Arabic people so that if any Arabic people were in China he could minister to him and while in Egypt he contracted cerebral meningitis and died in one month he never made it to China he never reached the mission field he never became a missionary after all that preparation after leaving everything behind he died his mother made it just hours after he died hearing he had been six he’d sailed right away very wealthy came in a steamship next to his bed was his Bible she opened his Bible and in the Flyleaf in the front part of his Bible this is what he wrote when his mother found his Bible after his death she opened it to the Flyleaf and found these words written no reserves no retreat and just before he died in very halting handwriting he wrote no regret he never got to the mission field but he lived a life of maximum dedication to Christ and that’s what he was to the end no regrets what a way to end by the way when his memorial service was held hundreds of students responded to take William Borden’s place and flooded to the mission fields last lesson from Solomon is verse 15 it says he shall take nothing from his labour that he may carry away in his hand the more stuff we clutch the more we have to leave behind it’s amazing that when you go through the country on backroads you’ll see this all the time you’ll see a u-haul parked and from an old kind of run-down house you’ll see a pile of trash in front of that house you’ll see a table of a garage sale starting and you’ll see the family with carefully wrapped items putting them in the u-haul what has had grandma and grandpa died most of their stuff was trash some of this stuff can be sold the treasures the kids get they left it all behind do you know what the Lord said avoid spending your life living for things that you have to leave behind that will cause great pain everybody’s trying to get them and keep you from sleeping because it will cause spiritual blindness what is that it’s neglecting what we got a Salvation look what it says salvation brings the gift of spiritual sight acts 26:18 now let me just go through this list real quickly acts 26:18 one of my favorite verses describes what happens at the instant of salvation and you can see seven things there right there on your screen number one open their eyes the instant of salvation spiritually God opens our eyes what does that mean we start understanding the Bible number two we turn from darkness to light number three we turn from the power of Satan to God we receive forgiveness of sins number four we have an inheritance in heaven we are sanctified and we have faith what is that it’s a gift remember the Apostles said Lord increase our faith so that the insulin salvation gives Jesus gives us everything we need he lets us see we no longer love darkness we want the light were set free from Satan’s power we know we’re forever forgiven we have our eternal inheritance in heaven we want to be useful to him and we’re growing in faith that’s salvation but what happens materialism slowly undoes the work of salvation it blinds us to see in Christ it blinds us to knowing our inheritance is in heaven and it keeps us from actually seeing Christ in His Word I’d like to tell you a quick story about someone who was blind and then the Lord opened their eyes it’s one of the most fascinating stories that I’ve heard in fact I can’t stop telling people about this actually came from someone watching just like you they were on YouTube they told me that they are 60 year old they live in London they were travelling on the subway in fact the slide says a 60 year old weekender on the London tube or subway and I I was trying to read on there what a weekender was and finally I got down there I found out this is a person that lived for concerts and they were 60 years old so they’ve been going to concerts for like 45 years in Britain I mean they had seen from the Beatles through all the groups since they they had gone to their concerts and they said that they lived the normal life of the weekenders they’d get as high as they could get as drunk as they could get it was a woman she said she always tried to find the guy that couldn’t resist her and she just kind of lived life to the fullest that she could in sin every weekend and she said she was 60 years old coming home from a concert at 60 and she said she felt so empty so purposeless that she typed on to her smartphone hope and guess what came up I thank the Lord that somehow the algorithm of Google put the YouTube video season of hope it was a Christmas concert at Calvary Bible Church where I served for many years and it was on YouTube and she got that video and she turned her phone and really got into it and I was talking about hopelessness and only Christ could open your eyes and I said if you would like hope today bow your head and she said wearing her earbuds riding the subway she bowed her head now you know nobody watches you on the subway anyway so she was fine and I said and if you really want hope raise your hand she said she raised her hand in the subway now maybe someone noticed that I don’t know and she asked Jesus Christ to do what he promised he would do riding that subway well I got that email six months after she was on the subway and she said to me I want you to know six months ago I was riding the subway six months ago I watched that YouTube clip that was a few minutes long about season of Hope and said you said bow your head you said pray I raised my hand she said my life has completely changed in six months she said my life the chronicle of my life was on the wall of my apartment I had the the jacket of the radio I mean of the record cover of every album and then I got down to just papers cuz they didn’t sell albums anymore but she said my life of concert week ending was my wall of my apartment and she said every time I walked in I thought of how much I used to enjoy all that and how hopeless I’d gotten until I rode that subway and raised my hand to God she said that was six months ago she said I just finished taking the last one off the wall and takin it to the trash she said I was gonna sell them they were worth a fortune but she said I listened to more YouTube videos and found out in acts 19 that the Christians there burned all the things that reminded him of the devil so she said I just I couldn’t burn anything here in London so she said I just put him into the the trash dumpster she said God opened my eyes did you know that’s what happens the instant of all of our salvation but do you know what we all need to do use those new eyes to do what it says in Isaiah 33 and this is what we’re gonna close with the last I see we have 18 minutes this class left go back to Isaiah remember middle of your bible psalms go to the right proverbs ecclesiastes Song of Solomon Isaiah and then within Isaiah find the 33rd chapter xxxiii chapter I call is the the lesson from God on how to see God how to focus on God in life how to use those eyes that he gave us to to truly see Christ and to see him like Moses did you know what it says about Moses Moses and Hebrews 11 says he endured all of the temptations of ease of Egypt because he saw God he endured the the temptations the treasure of Egypt because he saw the Lord who is invisible what is what does that mean well let me describe what Isaiah 33 says and and it basically talks about how we’re doing with our eyes focusing on the Lord I was recently these glasses these are my new glasses and when I first got him I was struggling to see because everything was fuzzy I had blurred vision and what the doctor found out was that they had not bent this little part properly and the glasses were kind of sitting too far forward and when I looked at everything everything look fuzzy and all I did is go in and he took him and he bent him and made him fit and as soon as I looked out everything was clear I just needed a little adjustment what’s the little adjustment we need to see clearly well it starts in verse 14 of Isaiah 33 and this is what it says God says in Isaiah 33 14 who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire who among us shall dwell with the everlasting burnings in other words what he’s saying is how do you experience God continuously how do you stay around our God who is a consuming fire that’s what 14 is talking about it’s quoted in Hebrews our God is a consuming fire he’s called the everlasting burnings who can do well in God’s presence who can see him and hear him well starting in verse 15 there are six choices God says we can make to see him like Moses did to see him like the early Christians the early church did to see him like the people in Laodicea used to see him when they got saved but materialism blinded them but how do we get to see how do we preserve our sight well starting with verse 15 it says he who walks righteously what is that that’s cultivating a lifestyle of nickel purity walking righteously you know what that is following the Lord when Jesus called his disciples he called them with two words follow me that’s what walking righteously is he who walks righteously doesn’t mean that I’m perfect it means I’m following the Lord you ever told someone to follow you in your car there are two kinds of people that follow you in the car the people that actually stay right behind you like this and follow you and then the people that pass you or don’t pay attention they get way back and everybody gets between they don’t know where you are it’s a conscious choice to keep that person always before you and you’re watching them that’s what the Lord offers to us secondly and speaks up rightly that’s cultivate a lifestyle of speech that’s under God’s control do you remember what the Bible says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks jesus said did you know you can tell what’s on someone’s mind by just listening to them when I counsel couples that usually a young man tells me there’s a young ladies interested in or vice versa and they see what would you do I said just kind of be around them for a while and listen to them when they’re with their friends listen to what comes out when they’re having fun and talking and just kind of don’t even know they buddies paying attention and really scrutinizing their life out of the abundance of their heart their mouth will speak God says cultivate a lifestyle of speech under my control look at the third part of chapter 33 of Isaiah verse 15 he who despises the gain of oppressions what is that a lifestyle of compassion every one of us are are just blitzed with the news with watching television of seeing the world around us and we see hardship we see death and destruction last night I read this morning that the tornadoes that swept the South killed 19 people and I was just flipping through the pictures all these destroyed trailers and everything else and it says 19 people died between I forget Mississippi and South Carolina and you know what I went right from that to the latest word on the Federal Reserve you know what happens we get desensitized we’ve seen so many disasters heard about so many murders had I’ve seen so much evil portrayed and television and gaming that were no longer compassionate your compassion is its Christ most frequent emotion when the Gospels were written there are 89 chapters that describe Christ’s life on earth if you read all 89 in Matthew Mark Luke and John you’ll find one emotion is most frequent in Christ’s life compassion actually the word is interesting splink no means he’s moved his it’s kind of like a visceral it’s at each your feeling in your stomach cultivate a life of compassion by the way how do you do that it says in Colossians 3 you put on compassion compassion is a choice it’s kind of like your clothes this shirt this morning my wife knows I’d wear the same thing every day and so she has to hide my favorite and leave out things I haven’t worn yet and then I’ll wear it and so this shirt was hanging there on a little hook and I chose to put it on that’s what compassion is like number four look at what it says in verse 15 right at the end who gestures with his hands refusing bribes that’s cultivating a lifestyle of honesty especially financial honesty there’s a lot of financial dishonesty in our world and it says in verse 15 who stops his ears from hearing bloodshed that’s cultivating a lifestyle of only listening to things God calls pure did you know that God has something against us being entertained with bloodshed he says that gratuitous violence slowly erodes our compassion our sensitivity our love number six cultivate a lifestyle of only listening to things God calls pure and here’s the last one in verse fifteen and shuts his eyes from seeing evil cultivate a lifestyle of only looking only choosing to look at things that God calls pure what does the Lord promise if we’ll do that well starting in verse 16 on the slide you see there are six indescribable joys of seeing God six joys here they are number one it says in verse 16 he will dwell on high that’s endless delights it’s it’s almost unbelievable what God offers to us seeing life through the window of his word we will dwell on high we for want to know an example we know what’s coming ahead in the world we are not afraid of the tribulation of the second coming of all these things we know God’s plan he said you’ll dwell on high you’ll have endless delights secondly he says his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks we’ll have true security did you know that the righteous are as bold as a lion that’s what it says in God’s Word but the wicked they run when no is pursuing them what has God offered to us true security endless delights how about this bread will be given him now who’s speaking in Isaiah 33 16 as a ax is writing down what God said and God says I will feed you I’ll satisfy your longings unsatisfied longings is kind of like the description of most of the people wandering around this endlessly looking for a thrill and God says I’ll satisfy your longings I’ll give you water that’s sure that’s the next part of verse 17 that’s an ending refreshment and our last part of verse 16 that’s what Jesus said member in in Chapter 7 of the gospel by John Jesus said when I move in out of you will flow rivers of life-giving water I like to think of that fire hydrant in the summer and it’s like New York City when the firemen crank it and let the water spray and it just sprays over and it makes everybody happy and refreshed that’s what our lives are supposed to be like the Holy Spirit is supposed to fill me the one who opened my eyes and turned me from darkness to light that same spirit overflows my life and that’s unending refreshment now look at verse 17 here it is your eyes will see the king and his beauty and then you will see the land that is a very far off see the the goal the reason that Jesus wrote to us this letter of Revelation is so that we will see this world is not our home we’re just passing through this isn’t all there is to live for we want to know Christ and the powers resurrection and the fact that we have a new heart the new spirit we have a heavenward gaze well let me read to just second from my dissertation I actually spent 10 years of my life working on my doctorate at Dallas Theological Seminary and what I studied for 10 years and what I got my degree in guess what it was the book of Revelation they said you can you can get your degree in anything I said I want to get my degree in the book of Revelation the 22 chapters and the 404 verses so I wrote a dissertation and I’ll never forget my professor that dear dr.
John Reed that was my advisor for a decade he said to me you know what’s gonna happen your dissertation I said no he said it’s going to become a book in the 6th floor lower level basement of Dallas Theological Seminary library where all the rest of mark unless you do something with it I said what should I do he said well turn your dissertation into a daily devotional I said really so I like to read to you from the daily devotional that a team made out of my dissertation and this is what it is this this section page 168 and the name of the book is living hope for the end of days is about the church and Laodicea it’s about this and this course right now is just kind of like an overview of what I spent 10 years studying the Laodiceans were wealthy self-sufficient fashionable worldly and insecure and then I go on and say the Laodiceans were spiritually insensitive and today’s church by and large is in the same condition friends I went to with college told me they don’t have Sunday evening church anymore because the world is running too fast they can’t generate and that’s enough excitement to get people to come we can’t generate excitement but God can we need to get people excited about reading and studying God’s Word and so in this wealthy commercial peace seeking medically advanced city called Laodicea Jesus gets their attention how did he get their attention well he did a diagnosis he told them see the slide beware of self-induced spiritual blindness do you remember everything in Revelation is is not new where does it say the warning to the latest fiends Peter let me read you what Peter wrote that Jesus was alluding to in Revelation he said if these things are in you and abound 2nd Peter 1:8 you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus second Peter 1:9 but he who lacks these things is short-sighted even to blindness and has forgotten that he’s cleansed his old sins you see when we got saved we were forgiven and our eyes were open but once we forget to see Christ and to focus to focus on God then we are blind well what are the choices that will get us to focus on God number one make a choice to read God’s Word before social media or any online activity every day so here it is if you’ve been in very many classes look at this every day you have a choice of this first or this first do you know what this is social media the portal to the world this is the doorway to God the Word of God that choice reflects Christ’s words seek first the kingdom of God number two create an intentional place of solitude so you can all not only read God’s Word but avoid distractions in other words I have a place set up I have my Bible I have my journal I have my pen I have it all set up so that when I stumbled out this morning at 5:20 a.m.
It was all set up I didn’t have to look for I didn’t have to find it all I had to do is push the button on the coffee machine and sit down and start studying and I told you yesterday I’m studying through the fifty-two greatest chapters why because the most vital part of your day is your devotional time Jesus called this living by every word of God see that Matthew 4:4 number three decide you’ll start a new habit pray or meditate on a verse instead of listening to music for 15 minutes a day as you drive or walk or ride this can transform our travel time into an offering to God so you turn off everything else and you you take a portion of Scripture and you meditate on it you read it out loud or you quote it out loud or you listen to it and you make that time like we saw yesterday for the basics remember that in the class yesterday the basics listening to God eating God speaking back the truth to God sharing the truth about God those four basics of eating and chewing and and meditating and witnessing number four take the huge step of fasting from the alternate distraction of media skip a whole day of going online or social media and fast and instead memorize a verse that day I was just uh I was at a conference it was a conference of missionaries that were going to the darkest spot on earth a land of 1.3 billion people with more idols millions of idols in that place and I was challenging them to get in the word and I said I’m gonna have you do a quiz and they each got a little piece of paper and I says I want you to do this write down how much time you spend on Facebook how much time you spend on Pinterest how much time you spend on snapchat how much time I guess now it’s tick-tock how much time you spend you know on games each day you know I was so interesting no one even pause they grab the piece of paper and I could see them all writing you know you know twenty ten twenty five you know forty you know one hundred and twenty minutes you know depending on how much time and I said okay it takes 72 hours to read the whole Bible that’s 15 minutes a day I said how many of you how many of you have read the whole Bible through in your life in front of me were over 200 vocational missionaries supported going to the mission field how many of you have read the whole Bible through raise your hand there was kind of looking around I said I’m I’m just I’m really interested how many of you have read the whole Bible out of 250 not 10% the whole Bible they didn’t have 15 minutes a day I said look back at your sheet total it up 160 hundred eighty-five hundred ninety-five 215 that’s three hours and what 35 minutes on my sheet here that’s what one of them had how much time they spent a Facebook Pinterest snapchat tick-tock game and watching movies three hours a day I said why don’t you just take 10% of that 30 minutes do 50 minutes and a word in 15 minutes and scripture memory and praying those verses take a fast take time invest it with God number five finally if the Lord is able to give you enough grace have a no TV no video no social media no gaming for a whole week you’ll change your whole life read a book read about CT stud read an entire book of the Bible at one sitting it only takes like an hour to read I mean you can read almost 3/4 of the books especially in New Testament in an hour or less it’s amazing why because Romans 12 says the only way to avoid effluence is presenting ourselves back to God it’s a living sacrifice that’s the only way we avoid end-of-days spiritual blindness and that comes because materialism blinds us affluence affects us and we stop seeing God and hungry for his word that’s the message Christ gave to the last church but that’s also the message that Christ gives to us today let’s pray father in heaven I pray that you would stir in us a hunger for knowing you Lord Jesus that can only be satisfied by time spent in your word every day that words were found Jeremiah says and I did eat them and thy word was for me the joy and rejoicing of my heart because I’m called by your name Oh Lord God of hosts I pray for each one of these students that they would have the joy of finding your word and eating it and finding the joy that comes divine joy that comes from knowing that were your children stir our hearts help us to make some conscious choices today that will lead to our site being totally focused on you in these last days we live for the precious name of Jesus we pray and all gets people said amen [Music] .
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