8.16.2011

Devotional_Thoughts

Lukewarm Christianity
"So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth"  Revelation 3:16

Dante said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in a time of great moral crisis.  Our United States of America are experiencing a great moral crisis right now.  Pornography has become one of the most profitable industries in the world, and that stirs in me a moral indignation, an anger at the sin of immorality.  We in America have allowed our children to live together outside of wedlock, which is God's holy covenant relationship between a man and a woman, and is the only way to be right  in His sight.  He ordained marriage, it is a sacred covenant, and we are heaping judgement on ourselves if we, individually or as a Nation, refuse to repent. The Apostle Paul reminds us, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."  He also says in 1 Corinthians 6:19b, "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?"  What about abortion?  We save the manatee's and allow our children to die!  What if the child aborted today would have been the next great evangelist, president, writer, musician, or an influence for good in your life or in mine?  These are scathing indictments from a holy God.

Our God is good God.  He is faithful and true, and His love for us is everlasting.  He gave us His word as our guide, our instruction manual for life, and it is His love letter to us.  If we are willing to surrender our weakness, our will, and our own understanding to Him, He will come into our heart, into our head, into our body, and into our soul and make all things new!  That is the promise, and it is sealed in blood.  God delivered me from a moral cesspool.  He can and will deliver all who cry out for help.  He gives us the solution in His love letter, "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land"  2 Chronicles 7:14.  Do you hear His Spirit speaking to you right now?  Do you want healing in you life?  Do you want the peace that passes understanding?  Do you want to know that you are right with God, and that when you leave this earth you will go to be with Him for eternity?  Then come to Him according to His instruction!  Jesus said, "If you love Me you will keep My commandments."  Oh beloved, He has so much for His children!  So much blessing!  So much satisfaction!  So much life!
"God saved you by His special favor when you believed.  And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2: 8-10 NLT.
  It has been said that when you get fired up for Jesus, people will come just to watch you burn!  Burn bright for Him today, a holy fire kindled by the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and Fire.
Prayer for the day:  Holy Spirit reign down upon us, show us all we can be in Christ, and light Your Holy fire in us today.  Amen

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