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It was one of those times that I was taking a respite from writing and homemaking chores while listening to praise music, and the Lord talked in my heart.
Write about the lukewarm.
“The lukewarm, Lord? What and how will I write about them seeing I don’t fully understand why You wish they were rather hot or cold, but because they are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, You will spew them out of your mouth?” I had answered in my mind.
Because the lukewarm are hypocrites. And I am never pleased with hypocrites.
At that point, I was certain the Lord was talking to me so I slowly lifted the throw that was covering me, sat up straight and listened more closely. This was before Christmas and I determined that I was going to write about it during the first weeks of the new year.
The lukewarm make the effort to show that all is well in their spiritual life. They go to church regularly but do not really worship. They maintain a church-going lifestyle but do not crave for the presence of God touching them, that’s why when they get home, nothing has changed in their hearts: no inner revival and inspiration and pure joy that only comes from the Lord.
They think that their regular church attendance is enough, and so, they don’t long to seek the Lord’s face, to sing to Him with all that is in them, to adore His glory and majesty, and to linger in His healing presence, being enveloped with His love. They don’t really hunger for Him. Probably because they are more stimulated by, and excited with, the pleasures of the world than with spiritual things – the things of God.
Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— (Rev. 3:17)
Many times in the gospels, the Lord Jesus rebuked the scribes and the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. If we read and understand these passages, we will learn that these people follow the law to the letter – they attend synagogue during Sabbath, they tithe, they fast and pray, they teach – but their hearts are not really in the things they do. Love and mercy are missing.
And that is what’s lacking with the lukewarm – love’s fervor. Outwardly, they appear to be upright followers, but in reality, they are just “going through the motions”. And that is where hypocrisy comes in. They are not honest and humble enough to admit that they lack fervency and zeal in their love and service to the Lord.
That’s why the Lord wishes that one would rather be cold than lukewarm, for the cold do not make the effort to pretend they are serving the Lord. For when they acknowledge their coldness and ask for help, they would obtain mercy. That is the danger of being lukewarm: they are not humble enough to acknowledge what they do and what’s really in their hearts, so how can the Lord help them?
“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!” (Rev. 3:15-16 NLT)
It all comes down to fervent love – and sincerity and being true – in everything we do.
‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (Mat. 22:37)
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Gal. 5:6 NIV)
Continuing with the listing down and naming of God’s wonderful gifts. I thank the Lord for:
- healing Hannah of her stomach pain, liquid bowel movement and threat of dehydration that she had before New Year. She suffered for more than 24 hours but through steadfast prayers and laying on of hands, she was healed completely by the Lord Jesus and recovered swiftly. She sang in the Children’s Choir again today.
- the kids’ trip to Manila Ocean Park and Snow World last Saturday which they greatly enjoyed.
- a bouquet of lovely pink carnations (and one other – I don’t know the name) from my sweet, elderly neighbor.
- the powerful testimony of Beloved Major Bobby Naguit, a former satanist, which never ceases to amaze me, touch me, bless me, strengthen my faith, and bring tears to my eyes – tears of awe, thanksgiving, adoration, worship to the true and living God – whenever I listen to him testifying in the pulpit.
- the singing of Agnus Dei by the Jesus Finest Generation Choir which brought down the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit; the “mighty sound” of His moving in the midst of the whole congregation while everyone worshiped on bended knees and in complete abandon.
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