5c.Luke 16:19-25 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at this gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bossom: the rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, “Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime received thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented”.
Luke 21:34 says, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares”. Jesus is telling us to be careful. Don’t be drawn into things that can capture your heart, pursuing those things with vigour instead of pursuing God and suddenly the trumpet sounds. Nobody is going to hear the sound of the trumpet who is not properly positioned spiritually. This is because the rapture is going to be a spiritual encounter.
People will be so busy chasing their business and striking it big, negotiating, buying and selling. Many people read these scriptures and yet don’t pay attention. One of the things we were told in the theological seminary I attended is that first and foremost, the word of God is true from Genesis to Revelation. Secondly, that all scripture is given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, thirdly, receive whatever you find in the word of God the way it is before you start giving your own personal interpretation. Don’t try to twist it to suit you. When people read about Esau they are very quick to condemn him. Meanwhile, we have more Esaus today.
Anybody who drops a divine assignment to pursue a carnal appetite or something that will satisfy carnal appetite or leave the call of God in order to go and pursue money in the name of politics is an Esau. One of the strongest prayers you should pray regularly is “Heavenly Father, do not allow me to satisfy any carnal appetite that would rob me of my eternal inheritance in you in the name of Jesus”. Until you remove the Esau in you, your choices will be carnal; your decisions will be earthbound and anything that is earthbound has no future. The Church must start producing consecrated worshippers like Daniel who will not bow to nonsense.
TO BE CONTINUED.