This is a real and terrible tragedy. I beg you to search your heart and cry out to God to see if you might be part of this exceeding tragedy as I was before God in His amazing love and mercy set me straight.
Please consider the words straight from the mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ to many who said they believed in Him.
“Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘THESE PEOPLE DRAW NEAR TO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH, AND HONOR ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. AND IN VAIN THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.’ “” Matthew 15:7-9 NKJV
The Pharisees were caught up in religious man-made traditions and were obsessed with looking and sounding righteous to others. Though they said and did what they were supposed to do according to their traditions, their hearts were not filled with love, devotion, and passion for Jesus. They did not have a personal intimate relationship with the Lord. They even worshiped the Lord, but there hearts were not in it. Seems they did not have zeal for Jesus and for living for Him. They seemed to have great zeal for themselves and their traditions. They appeared to be filled with pride and to be consumed with themselves.
With all my heart I encourage you to examine your heart and life and to cry out to God to show you if you are totally devoted to Him or if you are caught up in religious activities and traditions and your heart is far from Him.
Jesus is to be #1 in our lives. He is to be our first love. We are to live to love, praise, honor, worship, serve, obey, and glorify the Lord forever. We are to have a beautiful, intimate personal relationship with the Lord.
Please don’t be part of this very real tragedy.
Is Jesus your #1? Is He your first love?
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV