Revelation 2:20 Bad Tolerance


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Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. Revelation 2:20

Tolerance is something that people want shown to themselves, while not necessarily showing it to others. The world wants believers to be tolerant of their practices and ways of living. No one wants to be judged as being wrong or ever needing to change.

Many people in the church have become tolerant of others, following the ways of the world. They have begun to accept people who they are, just the way the are. This in and of itself is not necessarily bad, but people are allowed to stay that way as they continue to ‘follow’ Jesus.

People are allowed to continue in the church as leaders and good believers while still living in purposeful sin. They are being tolerated for their ways. Many in the church have begun to accept many of the beliefs and practices of the world, because they are tolerant and ‘loving’. Sexual immorality, drugs, greed, jealousy, pride and more sins are all being accepted inside the church, in trying to be tolerant of others.

A person who has become a new believer is to change his ways of acting and thinking. He is to become a new person, not remain in his old ways of sin and death. Yet, people want to be tolerant and stay the same.

God spoke against a church in Revelation for doing this very action. They did not hold to God’s standards of living and became like the world, while claiming to follow God.

Jesus set a high, separate standard for believers in the church. As a believer, you must strive to attain those standards. It will mean that you will not be tolerant of sin and accept it. You will still love people and accept them, but you will aim for living the higher standard for God.

Take a look at your life and see if there are any areas in your life you have compromised in being tolerant of sin. Turn your focus back on to God and His ways of living. Seek to live like Jesus in every area of your life. Do not allow sin to reign in your life as you seek to be tolerant. Love but remain separate.

I pray today that you will know God’s standards of living; that you will not accept the ways of this world in your life; that you will point people to live as Jesus lived; and that you will be a witness of God’s standards in this world. 

Numbers 25:1-2 An Invitation To Be Rejected

While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with the Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before their gods. Numbers 25:1-2

God had the Israelites camp for a while in Shittim. While there the men began to take the Moabite women and have sexual relations with them. The Moabite women then invited them to take a part in their sacrifices to their gods. The invitation was accepted. This caused God to get extremely angry with them and had many of them killed.

One of the strongest temptations to sin is with sexual immorality. The world uses the natural God given drive in men and women to tempt them into immorality. Once it starts, it opens the door for much more. The men of Israel had made themselves one with the Moabite women, thus, when the invitation to take a part in their sacrifices they were willing.

The world will invite you to be a part of their life-styles. Some things like a meal and a sacrifice may appear to be simple and just a fun thing to do. The problem is that often they are bowing down to something that is not God, and when you participate with them, you, also, begin to bow down to those things.

You may not physically bow down, but you begin to spend more time with those things or events, then you do with God. You may begin to place those things before God. They become your idol, your foreign god, and replace God Himself.

Jesus had sat down and ate with sinners, but He did not allow Himself to be drawn into their ways of living and thinking. He was there to be a witness and love them.

When you are out among those who do not believe in Jesus, how are you living?

Do you buy into their ways and thinking?

Or are you a light of the world, representing Jesus?

There are times you must reject an offer to take part in the world’s activities. You are to be separate and holy to God. Do  not allow yourself to fall into the habit of worshipping the idols of this world.

I pray today that God will reveal to you the idols around you; that God will strengthen you to reject any idol worship; that your heart will be focused on Jesus alone; and that you will be light in this dark world for Jesus.

Revelation 2:20 Tolerating False Teaching

“Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.” Revelation 2:20

On the surface the church in Thyatira must have appeared to be a very good church. They were very active in ministry. They did a lot of service works showing their love and faith, and they hung in there through the tough times. Jesus even states they were doing more now, then when they started. That was the outside show of who they were.

Inside, however, He had a different report. They were reported as having tolerated and followed Jezebel. She was a person who called herself a prophet of God, yet was teaching wrong things. She was leading the believers into sexual immorality and working with idols. She may not have been a literal person named Jezebel, but it was people who worked in that same spirit or ways.

There are people in the world today who call themselves believers and are leaders in various ways. Some call themselves prophets, or evangelists, or pastors, or some other title. No matter what title they call themselves, the idea is that they believe they are doing a work for God.

Their teaching may have some of God’s Word in it, but often it contains false teachings also. It will promote the idea of certain sexual practices are acceptable to God, even though God spoke against it in the Bible. They will also promote supporting other false beliefs. There are “churches” around now that believe you can believe in anything you want and still get into heaven.

As they promote these wrong beliefs, many will do many good works. They will help people out and show a lot of love. They appear to be of God, yet they are not.

Do not allow yourself to be one of these people. Keep your eyes focused on all of God’s Word. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by these types of people. God will give you wisdom to know when someone is true to Him or not. If you are grounded in God’s Word and prayer, He will help you to know His truth in every situation.

I pray today that you will not be led wrong by any false prophets; that God will give you wisdom in knowing His truth; that God will open your eyes to false teachings; and that you will speak His truth at all times.

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee Sexual Immorality

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18

When God created Adam and Eve He told them to go and populate the world. They were to be together and have many children. God had created marriage and within marriage He created sex and the sexual desire for the spouse. In and of itself, sex is not a sinful thing. It can become sin when used wrong.

Currently the hot topic for many believers is the immorality of homosexual lifestyles that is become a common, accepted place in society. Many are very quick to point out that it is sin. While this is true, many are forgetting that they are many other sexual sins still occurring, often inside the church.

Every where a person looks you can see pornography. Men and women are constantly viewing pornography as acceptable. Inside their minds are sexual sins going on. Many people will never commit the actual sin of sex outside of marriage, but many will fantasize about it in their minds or they will watch it in movies or books. This has become an acceptable thing to do.

These types of immorality are against the person’s own body. Physically it can bring on diseases and problems later in life. With the thoughts going on it can bring about impotency.

Paul says that you are to flee all sexual immorality. This means to run away. Refuse to think about such things. Refuse to participate in such things.

This can only be done with the power of God. God gave mankind the desire for sex, but only inside of marriage. It is not a free-for-all, any way you like, any time you like. There are boundaries.

You are supposed to be one with God. If you sin sexually, you hurt your body and sin against God. Your body is the temple of God, it is where He lives.

Are you willing to defile God’s temple with your thoughts or actions? Run from all sin. Get away as fast as you can. Flee it.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to flee all sexual immorality; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and sight; that you will refuse to participate in any immorality; and that God will help you be His witness in this world.

Matthew 1:24 Do It Right Now

“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” Matthew 1:24

An angel had come to Mary and told her that God would give her a child even though she was not married yet. She was engaged to be married to Joseph. Being pregnant at this time frame would usually mean sexual actions outside of marriage…a sin.

Joseph was a man who followed God with all of his heart and abilities. He realized the problem and decided to protect her but still could no longer marry her. This was a good thing to do according to the Law. It was not correct though, since the pregnancy was from God Himself.

During the night, God sends an angel to talk with Joseph. Joseph is given the message that there was nothing done wrong in this pregnancy and that it was from God. God was, now through them, fulfilling a long-held prophecy of sending a Messiah. He wants Joseph to still get married to Mary.

Imagine how hard this must have been for him. People would see Mary being pregnant. They would not be stupid, when the baby would be born, many would count back the days and realize they were not married when it started. People would talk, and most likely not in a good way.

Joseph had to put all of his trust in God. The whiplash of this could be death by stoning. The Law stated that anyone caught in sexual immorality was to be stoned to death.

Yet, in the morning, Joseph gets up and gets married to Mary. He does what God has told him to do, regardless of how hard it looked.

This shows tremendous faith in God. There are going to be times in your life that God is going to ask you to do something that sounds utterly ridiculous. You need to be willing to step out in faith and do it. Trust God, He knows what He is doing and having you do. God sees the bigger picture.

Do not argue with God about what He wants done. And do it right away. Do not wait. There is a purpose for God to have you do what He is asking you to do right now. If you wait, you may miss the opportunity of a lifetime to build His kingdom. If Joseph would have sent Mary away, there may have never been a salvation for you today.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to see the plans He has for you to do; that God will help you build your faith and trust in Him; that you will do what God is calling you to do; that you will not turn from His calling; and that God will change the world through you.