So you think all you have to do is Believe...
What does 'Strive' mean?
strive (from Dictionary.com)
1. To exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.
2. To make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
3. To contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
4. To struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
5. To rival; vie.
Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
Luke 13:24 Strive (G75) to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Here is the original Greek meaning for the word 'Strive' used in Luke 13:24:
From G73; to struggle, literally (to compete for a prize), figuratively (to contend with an adversary), or generally (to endeavor to accomplish something): - fight, labor fervently, strive.
And which Church of the End Time did JESUS say HE would spit out of Heaven? With this Church, HE is extremely unhappy! Why? Because they are Lukewarm!
Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Revelation 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Interesting! Take a look at Verse 3:18. Tried in the fire and Striving could be similar. Rich can and does include earthly needs (Blessings), but Eternity rich is a treasure that never fades. White Raiment? You know that is your Righteous Acts, right? You know that GRACE gets you into Heaven, but it's your Righteous Acts that determine what you are once you get there! It's your paycheck! Eyes tired from all the deception? Sore? The eye salve means TRUTH! Anoint yourself with some TRUTH so that you will KNOW!
Notice verse 3:21? 'To him that overcometh'! To overcome something means to Strive and Win! It doesn't mean lukewarm and it doesn't mean 'do nothing' or all you have to do is Believe!
There are Seven Churches at the end time and JESUS is ONLY happy with two of them! This church is not one of the churches HE is happy with! It's not the name of the church that matters, it's the content of what they teach. The two churches HE is happy with both teach the same thing!