Lukewarm Christian: Matters of the Heart.

Welcome To Matters of the Heart.

Part Three: Lukewarm Christian??

Revelations 3:14-22

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.
Revelation 3:14 NIV

The words spoken are those of Jesus. The beginning and the end, the start of God’s Creation and the ruler of the very same creation.

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
-Revelation 3:15 NIV

Our deeds are, say it with me, known. Jesus doesn’t fail to remind us that He knows us. He is watching over us and sees all that we do, say and think.

He sees that we are neither hot {soothing, healing and therapeutic} in the spiritual or cold {refreshing, reviving and renewing} and He wishes that we picked a side.

So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
-Revelation 3:16 NIV

Instead of being hot or cold, we’re lukewarm! According to the AMP version of the bible, lukewarm is spiritually useless. Not knowing or establishing where exactly you are makes it a mission for God to use you effectively for his glory which results in unfinished works (Revelations 3:2).

Being Lukewarm is also aiming to be Christian but partaking in things are are disapproved by God. It is saying that you believe but refusing to live a Christ-like life.

I was lukewarm. I claimed to be Christian but would still gossip, refuse to forgive, curse, satisfy whatever sinful desires my flesh want eg, lying, being mean to others, lacking the love of Christ willingly.

Lukewarm is willing living a life that is disapproving to God while claiming that you are his and you live in him.

I must say that being lukewarm isn’t what is going to get you to heaven. Being lukewarm can easily lead you to doubting God and losing faith in Him and that definitely is not getting you a ticket to heaven. I had to learn that fast and truly repent to live for Christ and have Christ dwell in me so I don’t have unfinished deeds.

Lukewarm doesn’t get you into heaven, it gets you kicked out of it horribly. Being spat out of Jesus’s mouth doesn’t sound like a nice thing. In fact, it is quite scary.

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
-Revelation 3:17 NIV

What happens most of the time when we’re lukewarm is that we measure ourselves up to the world’s standards of wealth and riches and we don’t realise how poor, miserable, distressed we are on the inside. We are dying spiritually (Revelations 3:1). We are in serious need of saving.

I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
-Revelation 3:18 NIV

We are advised by Jesus here that we should gain the gold from him, that gold is our faith ( 1 Peter 1:7) that is refined by fire so we can be living in abundance in the spiritual and be strengthened an wear righteousness so that our shame and nakedness may be covered and clothed. We put on healing salve so that our eyes may be opened to see our lukewarm nature which will ultimately lead to repentance.

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
-Revelation 3:19 NIV

Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I rebuke and discipline [showing them their faults and instructing them]; so be enthusiastic and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will].
-Revelation 3:19 AMP

Those whom are loved by him will be reprimanded and disciplined by Jesus. He shows those he loves their faults and guides/assists them. We ought to be serious and sincere and repent completely, turning away from sin wholeheartedly and wanting to be transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2), seeking the perfect will of God and fulfill our spiritual selves not our fleshly desires.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
-Revelation 3:20 NIV

Jesus stands at the door of our hearts knocking. He waits patiently for us to open for him. Jesus doesn’t force himself into your heart. You make the choice to let Him in and when you do let Him, He sits with you and ears with you, restores you, realigns you, redefines you and you abide in Him as well. Jesus comes in an make you new and whole.

To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Revelation 3:21 NIV

The one who is victorious by overcoming the world through the steadfast and unwavering belief that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9) will be granted the right to sit alongside Jesus at the throne.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
-Revelation 3:22 NIV

Whoever paid careful attention to what was being said by Jesus should take it to heart and obey the word of the Lord.

As we’ve come to the end of the Revelations 3 study, I want to encourage to look deeply into your heart, where do you stand?

Have you truly repented?

Have you been lukewarm?

Have you been consumed by the world’s opinions that you’re too fearful of acknowledging God?

Where do you stand?

Thank you for reading Part Three. See you next week on another part of Matters of the Heart.

I love you. God loves you.

 ‘ “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ’
Numbers 6:24‭-‬26 NIV

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