Revelation 3:4 Are Your Clothes Dirty?

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. Revelation 3:4

Everyone expects clothing that is put on to be clean and presentable. Once the clothing gets soiled, they are expected to get cleaned before using again.

In many businesses, the workers are expected to dress in business attire that is clean. They work in an environment that does not usually get a person’s clothing dirty. If their clothing gets soiled, they have to change their clothing or else they are in danger of losing their position.

John tells the church of Sardis that some have not soiled their clothing because of their deeds done. Those people will walk with God, dressed in white because they are worthy.

God expects people to do various types of work for His kingdom. All of these works focus on building up His kingdom. When a person is doing what God has called him to do, he will not get his clothing dirty with the things of the world.

This fallen world is full of sin and sinful activities. The world strives hard to get the believer to follow their ways and get his clothing dirty with sin.

In every situation, God has provided a way out of stepping into sin and getting soiled. Sadly many believers are like little children in that they love to get into the mud and cover themselves with it. They want to look just like the world, covered in sin. Instead of resisting temptation, they walk into it soiling their souls.

The believer who chooses to follow God, will run away from the mud of sin. He will keep himself clean by resisting temptation and clothing himself with the righteousness that Jesus provides. At that point, he will be worthy of God.

As a believer you must be willing to look at yourself and see if you have soiled your clothing with sin. When Jesus had forgiven you, He gave you a robe of pure white righteousness.

Do not allow yourself to walk in the ways of the world and get those clothes dirty with sin. Keep yourself pure and holy before God, so that you will be considered worthy before God.

Be alive and victorious in Jesus, remaining in clean clothing, not sin-soiled clothing.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness of sin Jesus offers; that you will keep your soul clean of sinful activities; that you will follow God with all of your heart; and that your deeds will honor God.

Revelation 2:14 Claiming God While Living In Sin

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Revelation 2:14

The world does not live by any concrete, eternal rules. They live in a way that is do what feels good in the moment, living only for the moment and for pleasure.

All the rules and standards that the world implements changes on a regular basis. Rules change according to their feelings at the moment.

An angel spoke to the church in Pergamum saying that they remained faithful in claiming Jesus, but they also held onto the false teachings of Balaam–pleasing themselves.

It is easy for a person to begin to believe in Jesus and claim that. All it takes is saying a few things. Across America, there are millions who claim to believe in Jesus. However, at the same time, many of those same people are holding to the teachings of Balaam or the world.

Balaam had taught to eat food sacrificed to idols because they were sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality. Today people are taught to listen to, watch or participate in things that are offered as sacrifices to idols. They are also taught how to live sexually immoral lives as though it is normal and acceptable to God.

Inside the church there are many who have chosen to follow the ways of the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They are willing to follow the same idols that the world follows and live the same sexually immoral lives that the world lives.

Although God appears to allow this for now, there will come a day of severe judgement. Every believer is to live separate from the world, fleeing all sin.

As you claim to believe in and follow Jesus, you must examine yourself to see if you are also following the teachings of Balaam, the teachings of this world.

How willing are you to eat of the food sacrificed to idols because they were sacrificed to idols? How willing are you to live a sexually immoral life?

Turn away from all sin and pursue God and God alone. Do not allow yourself to be enticed to live a sinful life, but live a holy life unto God, otherwise you will have to face the judgement of God’s wrath.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live; that God will strengthen you to turn away from sin; that God will open your eyes to the sin the world promotes; and that you will live a true and holy life unto God.

1 John 5:5 Are You An Overcomer?

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:5

In the journey of life every person will encounter many different types of obstacles that get in their way. These obstacles can sometimes be very small and easy to get over or around, while others are very large and difficult to overcome.

When the obstacles are large and looming, most people will give up the goal and do something different. A few seriously dedicated people will do whatever it takes to overcome the obstacle, regardless of how large or difficult it is.

John asks who is the one that overcomes the world, then gives the answer. The only ones who can overcome the world is the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

For the believer, the greatest obstacle that he will face in his lifetime is the world. The majority of the world is against those who believe in Jesus, because it goes against what the world thinks and desires. God sets a high standard of living that the world does not want to attain. They want to live as they desire with no restraints.

Resisting temptation to follow the world’s way of living and sin is a challenge for the believer. It starts with believing that Jesus is the Son of God. As the Son of God, there is nothing that Jesus cannot do. He has the power and ability to give the believer strength to overcome any obstacle thrown his way by the world.

The challenge for the believer is to have faith in and believe Jesus for directions on how to overcome the world. Once he has that belief and faith in Jesus, there is nothing that the world can do to cause him to fall or fail, he will be an overcomer.

You will have difficulties and temptations to sin that will come your way every day. The only way to be victorious and overcome all of those challenges is to believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him as the Son of God. Know that Jesus is for you, not against you. He will give you what you need to overcome.

Jesus overcame death, the greatest problem and has the ability to help you overcome anything thrown your way.

Will you fail?

Or will you be an overcomer with Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the overcoming power Jesus offers you; that you will believe in the power and direction of Jesus; that you will look to Jesus for power to overcome the world; and that God will strengthen you to not fall to the world’s ways and sin.

2 Peter 2:2 The Way Of False Teachers

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into dispute. 2 Peter 2:2

In nearly every subject that one can think of, there are many different teachers with differing views on each subject. Each teacher teaches from his own personal viewpoint on the subject. Unless it is a very concrete subject, there are often opposite teachings.

As students are being taught this way, they will often follow that way of belief. In the process of learning there will often come lots of confusion as to what is the actual truth in the matter.

Peter talks about false teachers among them. He says that many will choose to follow the depraved conduct of the false teachers causing confusion.

Just as there are differing teachings in the world, there are also differing teachings within the church. People who do not really serve God are allowed into the church to teach. They begin to teach the principles of the world, rather than those of God, slightly twisting God’s word to say what they want it to say.

Many people in the church have chosen to follow these false teachers. Acceptance of sin and sinful acts are accepted by ‘believers’ as good and acceptable to God.

Others look at this and see confusion. They do not know what to believe with opposing views being taught. The world then ridicules Christianity as being false, because of the opposing teachings.

Every believer must learn to seek out and study God’s word personally. He must know what God is saying, rather than just taking someone else’s word for it. Anything taught by someone must be lined up with all of God’s word to see if it is true or not.

False teachers and false teachings must be rejected and cast out. God is a God of unity, not division and confusion.

You will hear many people speak and teach many things from the Bible. Instead of just taking it blindly as God’s word, study it out for yourself and see if it fully lines up with all of God’s word. Do not fall for their false teachings.

If you are a teacher, you must also take time to make sure that what you are teaching is God’s full word and not a twisted version of His word.

Do not allow yourself to fall into sinful practices as though it was God’s word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your life; that God will reveal false teachings around you; that God will reveal His truth through His word; and that God will keep you from being confused as to what is truth.