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<< From His Heart, by Pastor Jeff Schreve

From His Heart - Week of March 12

  • 2010 Mar 12


I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.  
Revelation 3:15-16

Have you noticed how lukewarm drinks are just not appealing?  Have you ever inadvertently taken a sip of lukewarm coffee, or lukewarm tea, or lukewarm lemonade?  YUK!  We like hot coffee, iced tea, and ice cold lemonade.  Lukewarm things typically get spit out of our mouths.


In Revelation 3, Jesus writes a letter to the church in Laodicea.  It was a church that was financially rich and living high on the hog.  They seemed to have it all together with no needs at all, but they had a BIG unseen problem - they were lukewarm in their relationship with Jesus.  Their lukewarm attitude toward the King of kings and Lord of lords literally made Jesus want to vomit ("spit" in Rev. 3:16 is the Greek word, emeõ, which means "to vomit").  

Do you know what it means to be lukewarm?  It means you have a ho-hum attitude toward the Lord.  It means you are more excited about your job, or your golf game, or your favorite sports team, or your favorite TV show, or your children, or whatever than you are the Savior of the world.  It means that you are spiritually complacent and apathetic to your desperate, daily need of Christ.  

Dr. G. Campbell Morgan, the great preacher of yesteryear, called lukewarm worship "the worst form of blasphemy."  OUCH!


At a meeting this past week, a friend introduced me to this statement: GROW OR DIE.   There is no middle ground.  No Christian ever stays the same spiritually.  He/she either grows in the Lord or starts backsliding in the Lord.  You are either moving closer to the Lord or falling away from the Lord.  You are either getting warmer or getting colder.  Which is true for you?  

As you honestly assess your life, if you are not growing more and more in love with Jesus, something is wrong.  If you have no burden to know Him better and walk more closely with Him, it is time to realize the harsh truth: you have gotten lukewarm.  


If you have fallen into the ditch of lukewarm devotion, the time is now to get out.  The Lord wants to deliver you from that nauseating state.  He wants you hot or even cold, but NOT lukewarm.  So what do you do with a lukewarm heart?  You pray a prayer like this one:

Dear Lord Jesus, as I honestly look at my heart, I can see that my love for You has cooled.  I am more excited about other things than I am about You.  This is a terrible sin, Lord, and I am so sorry.  Please forgive me, and cleanse me, and change me.  Do a fresh work in my heart, Jesus.  Help me see anew Your great love for me as displayed on the cross.  Set my soul on fire for You.  I reject all passivity and lukewarmness in my walk with You; and I choose to seek You as I would hidden treasure, for You alone are worthy.  In Jesus' name, amen.



Jeff Schreve

Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.  


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