The Faithful and True Witness, Jesus Christ, says that Laodicea lacks reality.
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.”
What is reality? It is having in our experience, what we have been promised; and what we say we have.
The Promised Land was real….yet Israel did not know reality concerning it, until they crossed Jordan in the power of God, and began to possess it.
Then the reality of the land being their inheritance began…..and continued till every Israelite had their parcel of land, for themselves.
2 Timothy 2:6 “The husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of the fruits.”
The Lord gave this promise to my husband, shortly after calling him to preach…..anything he would get into his own experience,…..the Lord would bless it….as he preached it to others.
Doctrine, sound doctrine, must be taught, and preached.
But it is only doctrine appropriated into our own lives, that counts.
If preachers and teachers, have the experience of what they are preaching or teaching on; then the Holy Spirit will honor the teaching.
If they do not, then the word might be honored, as a good lesson;……but the real power is lacking, and it falls short of what the Lord wants to give.
(For He has so much He wants for us)
Head knowledge will give a mental agreement with certain facts.
But it is the getting of those same facts in our experience, that will save us, and set us free!
And that comes through subjection and obedience.
If Israel had never entered Canaan, they would never have had their inheritance….
…..and if we will not “enter into” the experiences God places before us day by day….we will not have our full inheritance, either.
When I was first called to preach, I used to ask the Lord, “Why?” a lot.
Why did this happen? Why does that not happen? Why? Why? Why?
He allowed it for a while…..sometimes explaining….sometimes telling me to just trust.
But finally, He told me,…..”I was not a child; and I was to obey, without an explanation for everything.”
(Really, I wanted Him to explain what was going on….to see by sight, and not by faith….to help Him be in charge. How silly.)
Obedience in the Greek…..is willingly doing what we are told……willingly.
And my constant “why?”…..seeking a reason to obey….was wrong.
The Lord began to deal with me every time I asked “why”……..till it got to the point that it even hurt to think why!
I confessed my childishness, and rebellion,…….and stopped asking.
I would do what He said, without reason, without trying to see the end of the matter…..I would just willingly obey.
And something wonderful happened…..I experienced contentment in not being in charge.
That experience showed me that God is Very Personal.
That He “put up with” my childishness for a while is amazing.
Yet when He said this was not to be anymore, He showed me something more amazing: He was to be trusted….and obeyed…..and in that experience is heart’s joy and peace.
For His peace in the everyday trials, and His joy is of so much more value than the “reasons” I was trusting in.
To hear that God is Trustworthy is one thing; to experience it, is another.
The Lord wants all His children to experience all He has for us….all our inheritance;
….His peace (and it does pass understanding…keeping our hearts and minds), His joy…..
….His faithfulness to each of us.
He calls us to a life open to and receptive……to Him. To Him, personally.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”
The “door” that we open is the door of our lives. Open to Him, as Lord…..and have His fellowship.