For nearly my entire life, I wanted the things of this world and of Heaven. I was distracted and didn’t realize I was missing something BIG in my life. I was a Laodicean (Revelation 3:14-16) and I didn’t even know it.
What does a Laodicean look like?
- You know the truth, seem to love Jesus, read the Bible, go to church, and generally do the “right” things, but there’s something deeper missing!
- You know the truth, but do not fully follow it. In James 1:22, the Bible says, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves" (NLT).
- You “love” Jesus, but do not really seek Him. Imagine if a young child only spent time with their father a few times a week — would they really know their father?
- You are aware of the Holy Spirit, but do not knock and ask to receive Him.
For nearly my entire life, I was the person in the picture below. I had one foot in worldly pursuits and distractions and one foot in a spiritual direction. I didn’t want to fully let go of the world and let God have all of me — I wasn’t 100% surrendered. The second coming of Jesus was something I thought about, but it was not something that took much priority in my life because I was distracted and deceived by my Laodicean state.
Something BIG was missing in my life!
I couldn’t “fix” myself no matter how hard I tried. I was forgetting to ASK for the power (Holy Spirit) that could transform me.
In the summer of 2018, I read “Steps to Personal Revival” by Helmut Haubeil and came to the sudden awareness of my desperate need for a daily baptism of the Holy Spirit. While reading the book I started to daily seek, knock and ask (Luke 11:9-13) for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and to fully let go of my struggles with the world. His work in my life began to transform my character.
The Holy Spirit is the One who changes us. He helped me and continues to help me die to self and live daily for Jesus. In time, I was no longer living in a Laodicean state — I was all in for Him!
Call to Action
Self must die, so the “I” can be removed and replaced with Christ, so that Christ lives in us.
In Galatians 2:20, the Bible says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (ESV). In Luke 9:23, Jesus says, “...If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (ESV).
I’m excited that we serve such an amazing God who patiently waits for us to open our hearts and lives to Him. I’m energized by His miraculous power that I’ve experienced by daily asking for a baptism of the Holy Spirit — this daily baptism has helped get both of my feet off this world.
What about you? Do you desire a deeper relationship with the Lord?
Spend time daily with Him and ASK!
Ask daily for the Holy Spirit and put both feet on the “ladder” toward Heaven.
Then, “Get Ready” to follow Jesus wherever He wants you to go.
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