Google+ 07/26/13 Spit Out!

Revelation 3:15-17

 

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold.

I wish that you were one or the other!

But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!

You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’

And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

 

For those of you that know me and read my devotions every day, you will recognize this Scripture.  It has become even more true as we get closer to the "end of times."  Satan works in extremely devious ways that we often do not recognize.  Because of Hollywood, our view of Satan is grossly tainted.  We believe that things are only satanic when we see heads spinning around.  We continue to look for red suits, pitchforks, and horns.  The truth is that none of these are what Satan uses as his greatest tool against God.  Satan specializes in "lukewarm!"  I have watched numerous churches turn from good to evil, or die completely, because the pastors and parishioners become lukewarm to God.  Notice our Scripture today begins with the words of Jesus explaining that He knows the things they do.  You begin to hear people talking about being "good people," not "Godly people."  It reminds me of the 70's saying and book, "I'm Ok, You're Ok."  Jesus tells us that this concept has no factual base in the Bible.  We need to stand for God every minute of every day.  When someone does something that is not Godly, we can't sit by and agree in silence.  Many very poor decisions are made simply because those that should stand for God, sit in silence when the "vote" occurs.  Jesus is clear.  There is no "fence-sitting" in God's Kingdom.  Not everyone shouted "Crucify Him," but everyone stood quietly as Jesus was nailed to the cross, and then wanted to know what happened after it was all done.  We constantly want to blame Judas and Pilate for the crucifixion.  They certainly had their roles, but remember Pilate is the one who said to the crowd, "I find no fault with this man."  Could Jesus be anymore clear when He describes the character of these lukewarm people?  Jesus calls them wretched, miserable, poor, and naked.  Jesus is incensed by their apathy.  We should be too.  In our ministry, I constantly pray to God that He never allows any of us to be lukewarm for Him.  It will destroy us all.  When ministers and churches stop openly standing for Christ, Christ will stop openly standing for them.  Without God, churches are simply poor replicas of country clubs, with everyone who attends needing a membership card.  The sad part is those kinds of churches are not issuing any new membership cards and their actions make this fact clear.  The big problem is that when they open their collective mouths, they appear to be doing "all good things for Christ."  Jesus knew this was a lie which is why His language is so harsh.  Examine your Christian life today and discover if you are personally or corporately lukewarm for Jesus.  Change it now or be prepared to be "Spit Out!"