(Exodus 37-38, Matthew 23:23-39)

[28] So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matthew 23: 28 ESV)

Jesus never shrinks back, and His assessment is true and final. It’s amazing that the same Jesus who walked and ate with sinners, could not (and can not) tolerate hyposcrisy. He could not and will not abide with it.

In the same way, He has given us His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to live in us. He has been sent to speak to us and help us. He declares truth to us, and makes known to us the thoughts of God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus, sent to dwell within us. He does not and will not tolerate those things in us that are false and lawless. He will call them out. He will expose areas in our hearts, where we have a form of godliness but actively deny the power of God to change us.

The fire of God is not about appearances! The flame of God is meant to altar us. He has been sent to burn away everything in us that is false, and everything in us that is rebellious. Jesus is direct. He does not shrink back from giving His assessment, and neither will His Spirit, who has been sent to us. You can trust His leadership in your life. Open your ears. Be willing to hear!