Taiwan Day 57 – Releasing My Own Righteousness
Revelation 14:11-12 – “There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commands and remain faithful to Jesus.”
It’s when the things that we have at the forefront of our minds which then lead us to take action.. it’s on repetition of this behavioral pattern which then communicates exactly what it is what we believe. I remember one pastor stated it plain and simple.. it’s that that very “thing” which then becomes our God.. when God the Father is not the very obsession of our lives, we’re replacing Him with false idols and falling into worship of higher places. Whenever I revisit these verses in Revelation, it’s easy to shrug off this message of the end times as something that will never happen to me directly or even in this lifetime.. but with this perception I am merely fooling myself as I gain more and more of an understanding of scripture, I understand all the more how I have fallen victim to worshiping the beast and image with the ways of this world I easily have entangled within what I believed to be Christian living. To truly be before our Father, we have no other option than to know our place.. how honestly are we really standing before God marveling at His splendor while clothed in His white robe because of the pure and sinless nature of our living got us up to that very destination up in heaven before His throne?
It is too often that we as Christians develop this righteous anger either for the lost or even our closest of closest friends who have experienced His salvation. We have the option to either become pharisaical and use judgement to destroy the inner being of an individual through condemnation and anger.. or we can either through our patient endurance understand that it takes the very nature and work of God for ourselves and others to come to realize the idols that we put before Him.. or even be given to the beast temporally in hopes that we can come back to Him in earnest repentance. I have been on both ends of the spectrum and at times can even describe my faith like a pendulum going back and forth on both sides depending on the impression of holiness that I have about myself. But how often do we put our very own souls underneath the divine microscope of God and yearn for the same kind of righteousness for our own self-correction and realignment that so angers and disappoints us when we witness others entangled in sin? Without a patient endurance for our saints and us ourselves remaining faithful to Jesus in obedience to God’s words, we spiral in this never ending cycle of what could appear to ourselves as being faithful when in reality we are more self-righteous.. when we stop pointing fingers and first start by alone coming before the Lord, this is the beautiful beginning of a life that can be used, when made right before God, to offer faith, hope, and love to others and at large cities, nations, and generations.
Father God, I thank you that I can come before you.. and for giving me truthful insight to the nature of my being and awakening that my perception being in relation with You can really be skewed.. simply because my belief system falls into the hands of the evil one. I know that it starts with me before God. Jesus there’s no place I’d rather be than in the presence of the Holy Spirit.. I urge to fight all the more the ways the enemy will steal, kill, and destroy through his mastery of lies. I default to my blind obedience in You even when I can’t see it, feel it, or even believe it at times. But I know and choose You above all else and pray to live seeking Your righteousness and not mine.