© 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers
I awoke this morning with the adjective, lukewarm in my thoughts. Life and living is unpalatable when it is lukewarm.
Lukewarm is listed only one time in KJV in Revelation 3:16.
Our marriage bond as the Bride of Christ seems to be going through the motions of marriage, yet without fervor.
Where is the hunger for our first love?
We who have been given eternal life and appointed as kings and priests are to serve God with fervor. Fervor is sadly missing when we are satisfied with the status quo of companionship.
We should desire and apply ourselves to having a love filled and vibrant relationship with our Redeemer.
Remember John 3:16?
We are LOVED.
When we read God's word our innards are stirred. The fire of hope is ignited and only the in-filling of His Spirit and His love can quench the longing of our souls.
As I think about this process, I am reminded of my swimming pool and its filtration system. The pool has jets which are turned slightly upward to ruffle the surface of the water. This slight water current causes the outside debris in the pool to be carried toward the filter opening, which will be gathered in a basket to be removed. As the debris is filtered through the system, the water will circulate back into the main body of water having been cleared of debris.
The constant clearing of this process also depletes the water level over time, due to the movement and the heat of the sun causing evaporation on the pools surface. The heated stresses of life can evaporate our water levels also. Yet we can be renewed and refilled in our relationship with the Father.
As we study God's word and spend time in His Presence during praise, prayer and worship we can be refilled and filtered.
There is a beautiful stirring that happens in our soul, mind and body as His word and Spirit filter our thoughts and lives. We will find a basket of blessing instead of debris as we apply ourselves to the filtering process of time spent with the LORD.
Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
Ephesians 5:25-26 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.
2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spur thee out of my mouth.
*I wrote this in my journal on March 18, 2014, but it is still relevant, so I am posting it today.
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