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(KJV and NKJV Scripture)

– “So then, because you are lukewarm – and neither cold nor hot – I will spit you out of My mouth.” – Revelation 3:16

– Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin.  They just want to be saved from the penalty of their sin. – Francis Chan

Don’t we all like to have our food reasonably hot or cold?  It just seems to enhance its overall flavor.  It brings out the taste of any seasoning better.  Much more so than if such foods were left out on an open table or kitchen countertop somewhere.  There, hot foods slowly cool off, and cold foods slowly warm up to room temperature.  They become lukewarm.

If we try tasting them in such a state, it is often quite unpleasant to our taste buds.  They would send us a warning sign something wasn’t quite right.  We would spit these foods out.  Hot or cold foods may have been sitting out for so long, dangerous and unseen bacteria such as salmonella start multiplying.  Food poisoning might result if we were to digest them.

The word lukewarm has many “not-so-positive” meanings – such as tepid, indifferent, perfunctory, non-committal, apathetic, and lacking conviction. Food fits the first definition – but not really the rest. Those apply more to emotional and spiritual feelings of being lukewarm.  We have all probably heard of someone getting a lukewarm reception; perhaps even receiving one ourselves.

It’s a half-hearted response.  Half-hearted means lacking interest or spirit.  This is not how we are to love the Lord as Christians (Deuteronomy 6:5).  God did not put His whole Spirit into us when we were born again of such (John 3:5), so we would live a life honoring Him with half a heart.  If we do, the rest of our heart has to be somewhere else (1 Corinthians 10:21, Colossians 3:2).

Any lack of passion as Christians can lead to passivity and apathy.  Any lack of commitment can lead to becoming comfortable and complacent.  Any lack of true worship from the heart (John 4;23-24) can lead to wrong works full of confusion, envying, and strife (James 3:16).  Any lack of interest or spirit can lead to indifference and insensitivity (Matthew 24:12). This can develop dull ears (Hebrews 5:11).

Lack of devotion leads to deviance from heaven’s straight path (Matthew 7:14).  Making us targets for the devil’s fiery darts (Ephesians 6:16) and devices; increasing our ignorance of his subtle lies the less devoted we are (Genesis 3:3-4, John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 2:11).  Remaining as novices – lifted in pride like this – and likely candidates to be taken captive at will (1 Timothy 3:6-7, 2 Timothy 2:26).

Any lack of the steadfast, moving forward daily faith God requires us to have unto the end for salvation (Hebrews 3:14) – leads to spiritual stagnation.  It’s a sense of feeling stuck in one place.  Air and water in such states quickly develop impurities from lack of movement.  They become very unhealthy to breath or drink.  Faith poisoning can result from any heart like this.  Bitterness can take root (Hebrews 12:15).

Salmonella can form on food sitting around too long. Sitting around too long as Christians can create problems for our salvation.  God requires us to move as we’re led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:1).  Samuel was of no use to God when he started sitting around mourning over Saul.  God told him to get up and go – there were things still to do (1 Samuel 16:1).

Being in any of the lukewarm states of being above, such as apathy, makes it very easy for backsliding to be birthed among believers who may be stagnating, straying, or stumbling (Hosea 11:7).  This backsliding can feel perpetual (Jeremiah 8:5).  It stems from still being filled with some of our worldly ways – and not all of the Word’s (Proverbs 14:14).  It’s hard to climb heaven’s staircase this way (2 Peter 1:3-11).

All in all, it makes for a lackadaisical, lounging around and lukewarm walk with God for any Christian like this.  Some seemingly unconcerned about a salvation they feel is secure (Philippians 3:12-14).  This is the devil’s deception.  Satan wants people to believe they’ve already received a promise we’re all to wait with patience until the end for (John 3:17, Hebrews 10:35-36, 1 Peter 1:13, Revelation 12:9).

This is a very flippant approach to faith.  It is foolishly being nonchalant about salvation – a hope we all have not seen yet (Romans 8:24-25).  It all fits the definition of a “devil-may-care” attitude towards God. Not really hot or cold – people professing faith just kind of lukewarmly hanging around waiting for Jesus to return.  However, maybe wondering if this will really happen at all (2 Peter 3:4).

God didn’t hang Christ on the Cross for us to be like this.  Much has been given to us – much is required (Luke 12:45-48).  Just as food sitting around too long in the same place can become lukewarm, so can a faith sitting around in the same place too long.  With lukewarm food, we can just spit it out of our mouth onto a plate.  If our faith should continue this way too long, God could spit us out into the pit forever.

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(NKJV and KJV Scripture)

Give us this day our daily bread. – Luke 11:3

– “Behold, the days come,” says the Lord, “that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water – but of hearing the words of the Lord.” – Amos 8:11

The Bible is our living water – and our daily bread (John 7:38, lead verse).  It is where we get our faith (Romans 10:17).  If our souls are not receiving their sustenance from Scripture, then where?  What are we feeding our hearts with, and filling up on?  If not the justice and truths of the Word – first its spiritual milk, then meat (1 Peter 2:2, Hebrews 5:14) – won’t our food be the junk and lies of this world?

Is our nourishment coming from its seemingly endless needs and wants?  Those God has already assured us He will provide – knowing what they are beforehand – so we don’t have to worry about them (Psalm 23:1, Matthew 6:8, Philippians 4:19, 1 Peter 5:7).  Or, manna from heaven – from which He can divide and multiply the most minutest of morsels – and feed multitudes with (Matthew 14:19-21).

Without partaking of God’s daily bread – our lives can become stale and stagnant.  We can start to stumble as they begin to crumble – and we trip over the very wreckage of worldly lives we built up for ourselves. Ones we may have thought would fill our souls once and for all.  But, we’re starving for satisfaction once again – food to ease the hunger pains in our hearts.

People all over this planet are suffering from physical hunger – much of it caused by famine.  However, there seems to be a greater drought – a spiritual one created by a lack of hope in many human hearts – and a sense of no way out.  As believers, our job is to put our hands to the plow – sowing seeds of salvation – and not looking back (Luke 9:62).

Our seed is God’s Word (Luke 8:11).  Our message is the Messiah – all of mankind’s only hope of being made partakers of His eternal and heavenly meal – a supper being prepared for those of us who seek out the poor, maimed, halt and blind (Luke 14:16-24). Blessed are we who do this, and who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God (Luke 14:15).

Our Father is long-suffering towards all – but He has limits (2 Peter 3:9).  The time is coming when God will send a famine in the land – a famine for hearing His Word (second lead verse).  And people shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north to the east; they shall run to and fro seeking it – and not be able to find it (Amos 8:12).

The clock is ticking closer to the midnight hour when our bridegroom in Christ returns (Matthew 25:6).  A heavenly banquet awaits.  Where there will be no more hunger or thirst – no pains of starvation, no parchment from lack of water – ever again (Revelation 7:16).  Let’s help others become partakers of eternal bread – before it’s too late.

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