What's Your Spiritual Temperature?

It is the middle of July, ninety degrees, and you have just poured yourself a tall glass of iced tea with a slice of lemon. Condensation dripping down the glass calls you to refreshment. The phone rings. You put your glass on the counter and pick up the phone only to find that it was the wrong number.

Then you suddenly remember that today you had planned to mow the grass. You grab the mower and begin plowing through your work in the back yard. An hour later, your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth, you remember the glass of cool, refreshing iced tea sitting on the counter. You rush in, sweat dripping from your brow, and pick up the glass. But you know what? It is no longer refreshing. It is warm, and watered down, and you pour the drink down the sink.

Now it is the middle of January. You have just put on a pot of coffee getting ready to settle down by the fire when your elderly neighbor calls. He asks if you could shovel his driveway. The wind chill is below 0 degrees and you soon lose sight of that cup of coffee. Forty minutes later you return, chilled to the bone, only to find that your cup of hot coffee has become lukewarm. Disgustingly, it also gets tossed down the sink. Jesus said in Revelation 3:16, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Again, In Revelation 2:4 and 5 Jesus said, Nevertheless I have somewhat against

You grab the mower and begin plowing through your work in the back yard. An hour later, your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth, you remember the glass of cool, refreshing iced tea sitting on the counter. You rush in, sweat dripping from your brow, and pick up the glass. But you know what? It is no longer refreshing. It is warm, and watered down, and you pour the drink down the sink. Now it is the middle of January. You have just put on a pot of coffee getting ready to settle down by the fire when your elderly neighbor calls. He asks if you could shovel his driveway. The wind chill is below 0 degrees and you soon lose sight of that cup of coffee. Forty minutes later you return, chilled to the bone, only to find that your cup of hot coffee has become lukewarm. Disgustingly, it also gets tossed down the sink. Jesus said in Revelation 3:16, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Again, In Revelation 2:4 and 5 Jesus said, Nevertheless I have somewhat against

Now it is the middle of January. You have just put on a pot of coffee getting ready to settle down by the fire when your elderly neighbor calls. He asks if you could shovel his driveway. The wind chill is below 0 degrees and you soon lose sight of that cup of coffee. Forty minutes later you return, chilled to the bone, only to find that your cup of hot coffee has become lukewarm. Disgustingly, it also gets tossed down the sink. Jesus said in Revelation 3:16, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Again, In Revelation 2:4 and 5 Jesus said, Nevertheless I have somewhat against

Jesus said in Revelation 3:16, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Again, In Revelation 2:4 and 5 Jesus said, Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works..." Clearly, Jesus would have us to be red hot for Him, burning for Him in a lost and dying world, but just like that cup of coffee, we have become lukewarm in our love for Him, it is disgusting to Him--and to that lost and dying

Clearly, Jesus would have us to be red hot for Him, burning for Him in a lost and dying world, but just like that cup of coffee, we have become lukewarm in our love for Him, it is disgusting to Him - and to a lost and dying world as well. He would rather us be cold, frigid toward the things of God, than to be lukewarm. At the same time realize that cold is refreshing and satisfying.We

We can not serve two masters. Have you left your first love. What areas of your life need to be rekindled again? How about your personal prayer life or devotional time? We will no doubt spend our time in the things that are important to us. How important is your time with the Lord? How about church attendance? Are you in your place every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening? We are admonished to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25). How about your witnessing? The Great Commission is given five times in the first five books of the New Testament (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8). Why is it that a command with that much importance is so greatly circumvented in the day in which we live? Do we truly seek the face of God and the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives? Isn't it about time we repent and do the first work? Time is running out and there are far too many people that need the Lord. Let us get serious about what we claim to believe and live it. Let us burn brightly so that others can see Him through us. Let us make a difference while we still can.

How about church attendance? Are you in your place every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening? We are admonished to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25). How about your witnessing? The Great Commission is given five times in the first five books of the New Testament (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8). Why is it that a command with that much importance is so greatly circumvented in the day in which we live? Do we truly seek the face of God and the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives? Isn't it about time we repent and do the first work? Time is running out and there are far too many people that need the Lord. Let us get serious about what we claim to believe and live it. Let us burn brightly so that others can see Him through us. Let us make a difference while we still can.

How about your witnessing? The Great Commission is given five times in the first five books of the New Testament (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8). Why is it that a command with that much importance is so greatly circumvented in the day in which we live? Do we truly seek the face of God and the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives? Isn't it about time we repent and do the first work? Time is running out and there are far too many people that need the Lord. Let us get serious about what we claim to believe and live it. Let us burn brightly so that others can see Him through us. Let us make a difference while we still can.

Do we truly seek the face of God and the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives? Isn't it about time we repent and do the first work? Time is running out and there are far too many people who need the Lord. Let us get serious about what we claim to believe and live it. Let us burn brightly so that others can see Him through us. Let us make a difference while we still can.

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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

AMEN, there are too many people out there needing Christ in their lives for us to be lukewarm and not going out to bring them in. I really appreciate a hub like this.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Awesome devotional and teaching! Speaking of lukewarm, the world loves lukewarm ~ feels like a warm bath to everybody, for no one likes an ice cold shower or scalding hot bath...the Word gets 'watered down' to tickle the ears...so much this applies to!! What a hub of wisdom! God bless you!!


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Lifegate, for and awesome and uplifting hub,we all need to get hot for God, and do his work with boldness. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Tony Flanigan 6 years ago from East London, South Africa

thank you


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks All,

The tone seems to be that we all need to get hot. Revival is my heart so I ask you all to take time to seriously pray for a true visit from Heaven. America especially needs it badly. Thanks again.


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John Cain 6 years ago from Dayton, Texas

I can relate. You forget about your cold, or hot drink, and when you remember it, you take a mouthful and it is lukewarm and you want to spew it out of your mouth. I recall reading about the lukewarm stuff in the word. God has stated that He dont like it either. Very good point with a very fine example. God bless you brother


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

I liked the way you eased into the analogy you were about to present:) The scripture really applied! Great Job!


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

Great writing and we all could use revival.


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

Amen, wake up people of the world. God will not be patient forever! Jesus is Lord! Very truthful hub you've written here lifegate. Thank you and GOD BLESS!!!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You're right Artin--it's time for us to wake up and get busy. Thanks for stopping by.


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Pastor_Walt 6 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

Revive us again that thy people may rejoice in Thee O LORD!

Maranatha


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

Great hub lifegate!

I love Jesus' admonition to the Church of Sardis: "I know your deeds, you have a 'reputation' of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die for I have not found your 'deeds' complete in the sight of my God." Rev 3:1-2

It appears that even back in the days of the Church of Sardis--they worried more about their Christian "reputation", than on their "obedience" to their 'walk' in Christ--and their "deeds" performed in union with their 'walk', which honors our God.

I say, let the "revival" begin! =)


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

exjw

I'm ready for the revival to begin, too. We've been praying for our area for years to be touched. It's just matter of time. Keep on keeping on!


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Cedar Cove Farm 5 years ago from Southern Missouri

I just taught a bit of this last week. Let us strive to be on the right side of the fence,. The bible says to make a decision, Christians can't ride the fence, the world sees this and knows this. We must be hot, on fire for Jesus.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

CCF,

Amen! You are absolutely right. Sometimes we Christians can be our own worst enemy. Now's the time to get on fire!

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