- Day 27 -
Be on Guard Lest Your Hearts Be Dissipated
“Even the stork in the sky Knows her seasons; And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush Observe the time of their migration; But My people do not know the ordinance [judgments] of YAHveh (the LORD)” (Jeremiah 8:7). There are people who will know because they know His word. He said when we see certain things happening, we are to “recognize that He is near, right at the door” (Matthew 24:33). Many of these things are now unfolding quickly before our eyes—we don’t know the day or the hour, but we better be ready, prepared, poised, and looking up at YAHshua (Jesus) who is the glorious “lifter of our head” (Psalm 3:3) and “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
If our eyes are not riveted upon YAHshua they will be allured downward, to focus on the temporal things of this dying world. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). YAHshua (Jesus) is coming for those who are lovingly, longingly waiting for Him. He warned against the distractions and dissipations that easily beset us "Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap” (Luke 21:34).
The definition of dissipation is the act of wasteful expenditures of time, energy, money, etc. It is a preoccupation with that which is futile, fleeting, and temporal in life rather than focused and devoted to that which is of the King and His eternal Kingdom.
Human nature does not have the spirit of YAHshua, it worships, lusts, and desires the creation rather than the Creator. But when we are born again the eyes of our understanding are opened and our spiritual ears are opened to hear what the Spirit is saying. We are to fight the good fight of faith in a war that wages between the born again Holy Spirit within us and our carnal nature that is set upon the worldly dimension and its sensory fulfillments. “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8).
If we sow to the flesh and its desires and do not beat back our carnal nature and its idolatrous rebellious ways, by default we will reap the consequences of sin which is deception leading to destruction. We have a choice to yield to the Spirit and live a holy life or live for the flesh with its futile dissipations that lead to ultimate destruction. The flesh and the Spirit are at war with one another and we must learn to fight the good fight of faith against the flesh, sin, and the god of this world, the ancient serpent Satan, who “is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short" (Revelation 12:12).
Prayer: YAHveh (LORD) I need Your help! I see and hear the warnings of judgment that are definitely here and accelerating. I am sorry for my halfhearted lip service rather than wholehearted devotion and service to You my holy King and Savior. I am not worthy to be called Your child. I have squandered my life in much dissipation. I ask for Your pardon and mercy to forgive me my sins and cleanse me of all my many idols and preoccupations that are futile and lead to ultimate destruction. Help me to fight the good fight of faith and by Your mighty spirit YAHshua (Jesus), to be more than a conqueror so that my flesh will not rule me but Your Spirit will rule. I want to be one of Your wholehearted disciples that follows, obeys, endures, and glorifies You to the end of the age. I humbly and wholeheartedly ask for forgiveness and the cleansing of Your applied precious blood whose power forgives and cleanses my confessed sins allowing me to be clothed in Your righteousness. I want to walk and live in a manner that is worthy by upholding Your blood that poured out to redeem my soul. In YAHshua’s (Jesus’s) Name, Amen.