(Rev. 3: 15 amp) I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!
God loves us so much. It amazes me how we overlook the simplest of things. I started this blog because God told me to. I enjoy writing and helping people. So I believe He is using my talents and skills as a platform to speak to His people. Before I can continue you must understand that every topic introduced on this blog is inspired by God and His love for you.
Hot, cold or lukewarm which one are you?
Before this morning I thought I was Hot. It’s funny how God reveals things to us. Let’s begin!
For about three-days I have battled a throat irritation and an annoying cough. In my head, I thought oh I must be trying to get a cold. So the first thing I started to do was to meditate on (Isa 53:5). I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. I also took Tylenol cold and sinus because I understand that God does use medicine as a tool. For two days this was my routine.
Yes, I fellowship with the Lord daily about the choices I need to make, my attitude towards people and situations. Those things are easy for me to talk to the Lord about. What I find most difficult to talk to the Lord about are those things that are currently applying pressure to my life. Pressure is to force someone towards a particular end; to influence. When the pressure of sickness, lack or failure starts to influence you more than what God has decreed about your situation this is the time to self-evaluate to see if you are hot, cold or lukewarm. This is my evaluation.
The cold-like symptoms added pressure to my body as well as my mind. The symptoms tried to influence me into to believing that what God said was not true and I had to figure out what the best approach needed to feel better. I found myself saying “It’s probably just a virus and it has to run its course” to prove why after two days I still had the same symptoms.
God’s word says that He healeth all my disease (Psalms 103:3) and that with His stripes I was healed (Isa 53:5).
The word of God and the word directly spoken from God are hot. Any and everything that is contrary to the word of God is cold. We get lukewarmness when we combine the word of God, written or spoken, with anything that goes against His word. To explain, I truly thought I was developing a cold or flu even though God’s word said I was healed. I even stated that it must be viral but at the same time I was meditating and confessing Isa 53:5 I am healed with the stripes of Jesus. I was mixing the word of God with wrong thinking which was mistake # 2. It is impossible to be sick and healed at the same time. I became lukewarm or double-minded. In the word of God, God tells us that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8) and not to waver in our faith because in doing so we will not receive anything of the Lord (James 1:6-7). In life you must choose. Choose to believe the word of God wholly or not at all. You can’t straddle the fence and be productive. You have to be all in or all out.
Mistake #2 would not have occurred if mistake #1 did not happen. Mistake #1 was that I didn’t acknowledge God and allow Him to direct my path (Prov. 3:6) I became wise in my eye. The word of God tells us to acknowledge God in ALL our ways , not just some of them or the easy ones but in ALL our ways, and He will give us step by step directions on what to do. Acknowledge is to admit to be real, truth or fact and recognize the existence.
In the situation of the cold-like symptoms, I didn’t do that. I acknowledge the cold symptoms as being the true fact. Then I allow that influence to direct my steps to the medicine cabinet and then to bed early. Professing myself wise I became a fool (Rom 1:22). Watch this clip.
This clip is an excellent illustration of my relationship with God in this situation. I know the word of God to the fullest, I had the basics and what I don’t know I could find. I believe that God had equipped me to be sufficient and able to pray and get results. I didn’t think to ask God for help or let Him help because I got His word. Sounds crazy I know but how many people can honestly say I acknowledge God in everything I do and let Him help by ordering your steps. Not many.
Hot in the things of God should be the desire of every child of God. Single mindedness will get results but the main point of this article is God is your present help in times of pressure. He knows intimate and specific details about your situation. He is like the air traffic control tower of your life. He knows and see things that you can’t. Acknowledge Jesus and let Him direct your steps on how to get access to all the finished works of Jesus. (Healing, prosperity, peace, wisdom, health relationships, etc.)