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What is Your Spiritual Temperature?

Pastor Keith Hassell

 

 

Foundation Scripture:   Revelation 3:14-22

 

1.       Jesus comes to visit the church

          A.      “The Amen”:  What He declares will be so

B.      “The Faithful and True Witness”:  What He sees, hears, and declares is true

C.      “The Beginning of the Creation of God”:  What He has purposed will be established.  He is the source and cause of creation.  “Beginning” come from the Greek word “arche” from which we get the word “architect.”

II.      Jesus knows our spiritual temperature

A.      Your works (efforts to do God’s will)

          1.       You are neither cold nor hot

          2.       I wish that you were cold or hot

3.       Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

          B.      What is your spiritual temperature today?

III.    Lukewarmness:  The Cause

A.      We fail to maintain a passionate first love relationship with Jesus.

          B.      We fail to make time for God in our daily lives

          1.       Putting self ahead of God

          2.       Putting family ahead of God

          3.       Putting job ahead of God

4.       Putting ministry ahead of God

                   5.       Love is a four-letter word:  “T-I-M-E”

          C.      We fail to obey the Lord

                   1.       When we do not obey the Lord, we step away from the fire

IV.     The results of being lukewarm

A.      A false sense of well-being:  “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing.”

B.      Wretched

1.       Cheap, poor quality, very inferior

2.       There is little substance to your faith

3.       Your usefulness to the Master has diminished

4.       You no longer “measure up” as a Christian on the Divine scales of judgment

5.       Wretched also carries the idea of being unhappy.  You are no longer happy as a Christian.  Your happiness now comes from other things

          C.      Miserable

                   1.       Pitiable:  “What a pity!”

                   2.       What you esteem to be your worth is actually your shame.

                   3.       Giving your life for fools gold

          D.      Poor

                   1.       Beggar, pauper

                   2.       Spiritually bankrupt

                   3.       Nothing in the spiritual treasure house

                   4.       Nothing to draw upon in the time of need

          E.      Blind

                   1.       Unable to see spiritually

                   2.       Their view is limited to the natural realm

                   3.       Knowing not over what they stumble

                   4.       Easily deceived

                   5.       Easily led astray

          F.      Naked

                   1.       Exposed

2.       Without covering

                   3.       No righteousness

                   4.       No armor

                   5.       No glory

                   6.       Spiritual shame and embarrassment

V.      Lukewarmness:  The Cure

          A.      Buy from Jesus gold refined by the fire:  The source of true riches

                   1.       Laodicea was a banking center

                   2.       People were concerned about how much was in their bank

3.       Jesus spoke of making deposits in the bank of heaven

B.      Buy from Jesus white garments:  That you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed

1.       Laodicea was known for its production and manufacture of glossy black wool garments

2.       Jesus was saying, “Stand out, be different.”

C.      Anoint your eyes with eye salve:  That you may see

1.       Laodicea was known for producing a salve for the curing of eye disorders

2.       Jesus was saying, “Let me anoint your diseased eyes so that you might see again.”

VI.     Making Jesus your first love all over again

          A.      Recognize that Jesus loves you!

                   1.       “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.”

          B.      Don’t procrastinate

                   1.       “Therefore be zealous and repent.”

                   2.       “Be diligent and turn from your indifference.” (NLT)

          C.      Listen for the knock of the Master on the door of your heart

                   1.       Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”

          D.      Open the door and invite Him in

1.       “If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.”

          E.      Begin spending time with Jesus

                   1.       “I will dine with him and he with me.”

VII.   The promise for those will overcome:  Ruling and Reigning with Christ

VIII.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

         

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