I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Many of you may have seen the movie, War Room, which was released in 2015. The premise of the movie is that the Jordans who seem to have it all on the outside are internally dying. The daughter feels unloved, the husband flirts with temptation, and the wife becomes increasingly bitter. You see the Jordans are a true example of how many Christians deceive others through the appearances they keep up, but there is someone we cannot deceive! God! God, brought Miss Clara, into the wife, Elizabeth’s life. Through the relationship that was forged between Miss Clara and Elizabeth, the Jordans learned the formula for the Ultimate Connection with God! This connection that Elizabeth learned was vital to not only her healing but those around her!
Staying connected and having the ultimate connection with Christ is important because it shields us from the bait of Satan. John Bevere, said in his book, The Bait of Satan, "Often when we are offended we see ourselves as victims and blame those who have hurt us. We justify our bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, envy, and resentment as they surface. Sometimes we even resent those who remind us of others who have hurt us. For this reason Jesus counseled, ‘Anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see’ (Rev. 3:18). See what? Your true condition! That's the only way we can "be zealous and repent" as Jesus commanded next. You will only repent when you stop blaming other people. When we blame others and defend our own position, we are blind. We struggle to remove the speck out of our brothers eye while there is a long one in ours" (p. 10).
Just as the scripture says about being lukewarm, we need to be hot for Christ, and the way to stay hot is to be connected! Therefore, over these next six Wednesdays, we are going to explore the steps, to have an ultimate connection with Christ, so we can take ourselves out of the victim role, and identify areas of easy attack. Resultantly, when we find ourselves emotionally and spiritually dying, we know what steps we need to take to stay connected!