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No Longer a Lukewarm Christian

Updated on May 25, 2015

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7 "And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." Deuteronomy 6:5

God Does Not Use Force

God has shown how much He loves us time and time again. One of the greatest exhibits of God’s love, is that he will never force us to do His will. "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15

God did not force Lucifer to follow Him nor kill him, but allowed him to live and leave heaven with his angels. "And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth..." Revelation 12:4

God did not force Adam and Eve to not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. He didn’t have to put that tree in the Garden, he could have let them live in ignorance and know only Him. He didn’t have to give them a choice between obedience and self-ishness.

God will never force us to follow him, it will always be our choice to follow Him or deny Him.

Consecrate Yourself Today

"For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves to day to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day." Exodus 32:29 "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:16

There are a lot of nice people who aren’t Christians, and Christianity isn’t about being “good.” It’s about being a follower of Christ, a child of God. "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren," Hebrews 2:11

Jesus is not ashamed to call you His brothers and sisters. You are a child of God and it’s up to you to make the choice to acknowledge Him as your father. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:48 "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18 God’s perfection is not the human's view of perfection (whether it is perfection in looks, or without sin or other actions); His perfection is for us to love God and love others.

ACTS in Prayer

Easier said then done. Often, we are quick to be arrogant, prideful, angry, etc. We often put ourselves first, before anyone else. But when God requires something from us, He will provide help for us, all we have to do is ask for it. "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24

God does not want mindless followers, but willing and intelligent children. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18 He is open to our questions and wants us to receive his divine answers. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38

But because our will is so much stronger then God’s spirit in our lives, we must go to him EVERY day. "So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows." Psalm 61:8 "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23 This consecration cannot happen once and be forgotten the next day or week or month. We must consecrate ourselves to him every day.

The first thing you do in the morning should be a prayer. "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." Mark 1:35 "And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone." Matthew 14:23 "And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God." Luke 6:12 Every night before you sleep, you should say a prayer. Constant prayer was an example set by Jesus.

Acknowledge Him as your Lord and Saviour.

Confess your sins, take responsibility for your actions.

Thank him for the many blessings He’s poured on you. Even if you didn’t see them, they were there.

Supplicate for what you need. He will in His wisdom say “yes” or “no.” Even if your prayer isn’t answered right away, keep asking and He will give you the wisdom to understand his answer. "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;" Colossians 1:9

Read His Word

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11 "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4

For Jesus, the Old Testament or scriptures were the words of God. He memorized them faithfully and could quote from the writings of the old prophets. He quoted from the written scriptures, “It is written…” when arguing with Satan in the wilderness. We can also quote from the old and new testaments. Words given to the prophets for our benefit. The more we study and learn of God, the more we learn to love Him. We are incapable of loving an unknown factor, but by learning who God is and what He did for us, we open ourselves to respond to that love. "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29 Behold the lamb, learn of Him and respond to that love.

We cannot live the perfect life alone; we need help from our heavenly Father. And He can only do it if we consecrate our life to him daily. And we can only consecrate our life to him by prayer. Praying to Him will keep us connected to His divine spirit. His spirit will show you what is His will for you. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." Philippians 2:13 "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." John 14:17 It’s not a list of dos and don’ts. It is a willingness to deny self and love God, love others.

Get to know God. Pray to Him. Submit to Him daily. Make a choice today.

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