Neither hot nor cold

What have you read from the Bible today?

The key verse here is on Rev 3:16
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

How would you like an answer like “anything”, “whatever”? Sounds convenient ain’t it? Or does that sounds like a person who has no idea of what he wants? No directions? Confused?!?

I do occasionally respond anything, but will quickly revert with a firm answer. For the simple reason of Not confusing my partner. How oft we have gotten “anything” to an “anything” answer, only to recieve with a response, “oh dear, that’s not what I wanted” or “oops, I do not like that” an was rejected. It’s confusing. On one hand u said whatever or anything, yet when presented with the final product, you reject. Neither hot nor cold.

Jesus in Revalations was talking about the seven churches. Church of Laodicea was described by Christ as neither hot nor cold. In fact it was so disgusting that he “spitted” or “vomit”.

November 16, 2009
The Problem With Self-Sufficiency
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READ: Revelation 3:14-22

I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. —Revelation 3:15

The city of Laodicea had a water problem. One nearby town had fabulous hot springs and another had cold, clear water. Laodicea, however, was stuck with tepid, mineral-laden water that tasted like sulphur. Not hot. Not cold. Just gross.

Given those facts, the words of Jesus to the Laodicean believers in Revelation 3 must have stung. Jesus rebuked them for being “neither cold nor hot” (v.15). And when He thought of them, He felt like vomiting (v.16)—like the effect of their drinking water.

What was their problem? It was the sin of self-sufficiency. The Laodiceans had become so affluent that they had forgotten how much they needed Jesus (v.17).

When we say we have everything we need, but Jesus isn’t at the top of the list, He is deeply offended. Self-sufficiency distracts us from pursuing the things we really need that only He can give. If you’d rather have cash than character, if your credit cards are maximized and your righteousness is minimized, if you’ve become smart but aren’t wise, then you’ve been shopping in all the wrong places. Jesus offers commodities that are far better (v.18).

He’s knocking at your heart’s door (v.20). Let Him in. He will give you all you really need! —Joe Stowell

We must be careful to avoid
All self-sufficiency;
If sinful pride gets in the way,
God’s hand we will not see. —Sper

We always have enough when God is our supply.


~ by ymsim on 2009/11/16.

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