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“Comfortably Numb”

March 18, 2008

II Corinthians 4:3-4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 

II Corinthians 4:5 “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves  ourselves your servants for Jesus sake.”

Sunday morning, a number of prophetic utterances came forth.  While I cannot remember each one word for word, a general theme was this.  There are unsaved people all around us for whom Christ died to redeem.  We pass them in the marketplace and in the post office.  We rub shoulders with them at school functions, and pass them in streets throughout the land, however, most of us are so caught up by our aganda that we fail to reach out to them.  We remain secure within the confines of our comfort zone while these souls are heading down the broad path that leads to everlasting destruction. 

I imagine that each of us are guilty of this at some time or another for a host of reasons.  At times we may be so stretched by the unfolding of events in our own lives that we’re continuously “spent.”  Dramas playing out at work, a host of goings on at home, and a schedule that seems to consume every second of the day with mundane activities.  Some may be so focused on satisfying “self” that the needs of those round about go unnoticed.  Still a few may become so wrapped up in their church and (or) their immediate circle that they become incapable of relating to those outside the household of faith.  Regardless of the reasons, the truth is that souls are dropping into hell daily and we have no greater mission than to be in complete obediance to the Lord Jesus who is not willing for any to perish, but that all would come to repentance. 

We like for things to be relatively stable and we prefer to remain in our comfort zone.  In general, our desire is for things to move about in a predictable pattern, day in, day out, week after week, and year after year.  The only interruptions that we welcome are the pre-planned ones, such as a vacation or other “planned activities which don’t threaten the comfort zone.  This static routine can bring about a numbness and before we know it, years have slipped away carrying with them a host of “what could have beens;” many of which may have been the difference between life and death.  (I’m speaking as one who has an array of “what could have beens”) When a day is completed, it will never pass by again and the events of that day are etched into the record books.  Each of us have one less day to be about our Fathers business than we had yesterday. 

Revelation 3:14-17 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. 

 The church at Laodicea has been an example of halfheartedness for nearly two thousand years. Material abundance had led to confidence in the flesh and their relationship with the Lord Jesus was compromised.  The problems were extensive as verse 17 points out, and yet because of the illusion of stability in the present world, they were hard to detect if one wasn’t atuned to the Spirit. 

Revelation 3:17 “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Nothing’s more treacherous than a belief that “everythings fine” when the exact opposite is true.  The condition that existed in Laodicea reveals just how easily self-deception can take hold, how imperative it is for us to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and the importance of responding accordingly when he reveals things to us.  I’ve often wondered how the Laodiceans received this revelation.  I would like to think that they came before the Lord in sincere repentance and took heed to the councel given in verse 18. 

We’re warned in scripture that the last days would be a time of great deception and of many being overcharged by the things of this present world.  Yet the scope of this problem and the seeming inability of many to awaken out of their slumber is astonishing.  It stands to remind us that we should not be highminded, but rather be aware of the pitfalls and how easily one can slip into a state of numbness.  With the vast array of entertainment options available to most of us in the west, the state of continuous exhaustion that many are in, and a church that often seems more concerned with entertainment than reaching souls, it’s easy to conform to the prevailing attitudes of the day. 

Matthew 24:12-13 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

In short, the conditions on earth in the last days will be unimaginably wicked.  This will cause many to lose their capacity for compassion and even natural affection.  As such, we’re going to have to resist the temptation to subscribe to the prevailing attitudes.  These are the last days and before us is the final harvest.  This final harvest is in need of laborers who have oil in their lamps and are not conformed to this world.  

Well, it’s about time to go for now.  The topic of this post has been covered much in the past, but the urgency is greater than ever as uncertain times lie ahead.  Our economy is on the verge of collapse and we may see rioting on our own streets in the near future.  When the facade of “all’s well” comes down, there will be panic like most of us cannot imagine and many will be searching for answers.  Jesus Christ is the answer.  His blood washes away sin and he never fails.  He knows them who love him and trust him wholeheartedly.  The coming upheaval should be a great time of evengelism.  We must keep an eternal perspective and we dare not become comfortably numb in this late hour.  I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

Proverbs 30:8-9 “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” 

http://standeyo.com/NEWS/08_USA/080315.prep.now.html  This is a link to a report at Steve Quayles site admonishing all to prepare for the days ahead.  This situation is far more serious than most of us realize. 

http://www.time.com/nation/article/0,8599,1722537,00.html  This is a report that reveals the apathy of most Americans concerning the erosion of cival liberties.

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5 comments

  1. This post has certainly confirmed what I have been feeling in my spirit. God has been challenging me to come out of some areas that have been comfortable, but at the same time I feel like He’s giving me an audacity to believe that when I do the things He is telling me to do that He will move in a mighty way. Thank you for what you’ve written here.

    God’s richest blessings,
    Carol


  2. Tim,
    Another good post about reaching the lost. I know one thing for sure, we are called to get The Good News out there. The devil will use any means that he can to get us not too. He is somewhat content, if we in a given day do not speak to anyone.
    Thanks Bro.


  3. Timbob, as long as we, as a nation, the church, and as individuals, keep right on going as we are pretending all is well ( buying things we don’t need, all the while ignoring the both the temporal and most of all spiritual needs around us ) you cannot say it enough.

    IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP!!!

    Will the Bridegroom find us watching and waiting with our lamps full of the oil of His Spirit; our wicks / lives trimmed and ready?

    And will we reach out our hands to those desperately needing someone to pull them out from the pit before they slip away and are lost forever?

    Will we hear and answer the Masters call to follow in His footsteps, and go into all the world with the Good News, beginning in our own home, then to the uttermost parts of the earth as the Holy Spirit leads?

    Thank you for another god post and may the Lord bless you!

    Susan


  4. Tim, I hope I don’t offend you too much, but I simply have to say a few things about this post…

    “Sunday morning”

    So you got this message on the Day of the Sun instead of the Shabbat (Sabbath) that G-d established for all mankind (not just the Jews)? That would make me suspect something not quite kosher.

    God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce. – Genesis 2:3

    “Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God. You have six days to labor and do all your work,but the seventh day is a Shabbat for ADONAI your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work -not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. For in six days, ADONAI made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why ADONAI blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself. – Exodus 20:8-11

    “a number of prophetic utterances came forth.”

    Be careful about calling yourself a prophet. Look at what happened to every prophet in the Bible. In addition to that, do you also have the gift of discernment to be able to tell if a vison or dream, or even “utterances” are truly of G-d?

    “We’re warned in scripture that the last days would be a time of great deception”

    The last days will also be times of lawlessness. And who are the biggest teachers of lawlessness in the world today? The Christian Church in most of it’s myriad denominations. I know you already know where I stand on this issue (though I honestly don’t know if you agree or disagree with me), but I’d like to point out a few Scriptures that emphasize the point.

    Then I will tell them to their faces, `I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’ – Matthew 7:23

    (I am using popular language because your human nature is so weak.) For just as you used to offer your various parts as slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led to more lawlessness; so now offer your various parts as slaves to righteousness, which leads to being made holy, set apart for God. – Romans 6:19

    Do not yoke yourselves together in a team with unbelievers. For how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship does light have with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14

    I’ve probably said more than I intended and I hope I didn’t offend too badly. I just simply could not ignore what I saw to be some obvious issues.

    Shalom,

    Jason


  5. Greetings to all who commented here. As usual, I’m running behind on replies, but will address all of the above.

    Carol: This really hit me also and I felt like I was writing to myself here. Leaving the comfort zone is never easy but very necessary as we see the end approaching. Thanks for stopping by and consistantly offering your thoughts

    Richard: This really is our primary commission; to reach those around and I praise God that you are so actively working in the Portland area. Thanks also for linking to the vision by General Booth which was posted on another site. (I’ve linked to it on the page “Great posts from other sites”)

    Susan: It really is time to wake up and, as mentioned in the reply to Carol, I feel as though I was posting to myself with this one. It seems that the everyday pace of things keeps us so occupied that, despite our fervent desire to be more active in evangelism, time slips by, minutes turn into days, and days turn into weeks.
    My constant prayer as of late is to be a faithful ambassador for Jesus in every venue; reaching out to the lost at every opportunity. We need to see them through the eyes of Jesus and realize the dire situation that they’re in. May we all be increasingly seeking each opportunity to be fishers of men. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Jason. Greetings. Thanks for taking time to offer your observations. I’m never offended and always enjoy such opportunities as they bring reflection and a revisiting of things.
    I will be the first to say that I am not a prophet. The above was an account of the gift of prophecy working at our fellowship, but they weren’t of me. I Corinthians chapters 12-14 talk extensively on the gifts of the Spirit which I know will be in play until the return of Jesus and this is what took place last week. Nonetheless, one must always be discerning. Any operation of the gifts and any message must line up with scripture and will always give glory to God. Last week, all of them met this criteria and I know that one in particular confirmed what has been placed on my heart lately.
    These are indeed very deceptive days and in I John were told to try the spirits to see if they be of God. None of us can be too careful. Thanks for taking time to comment here. Seriously; I really like it when folks are honest and let it be known when something doesn’t sit well. I really appreciate the extensive knowledge that you bring to the table.

    Thanks again to all who responded here. I wish to all a blessed weekend in Jesus.



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