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1.11.20 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Spiritual Lessons From a PowerPoint

TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either 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 ESV)

“But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.” (Galatians 2:17-18 ESV)

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Yesterday, I mentioned that I have spent several weeks working on an awards banquet for one of my clients. The banquet is tonight, and yesterday, my friend/colleague came over to my house to do a practice run-through. As we made tweaks here and there to both the script and PowerPoint, we talked about how after a while, we look at this stuff so much, we can no longer see it. Let me explain.

I was over-the-moon excited about this PowerPoint when I designed the “look” several months ago. But at this point—it’s just a PowerPoint. I have stared at it for so long now, the excitement has dimmed. Beyond that, as we tweaked errors that were so obvious, I can’t understand how I missed them, I realized that I was blind to the errors because I’ve looked at this for so long now.

We are at risk of the same thing in our spiritual lives. The excitement and thrill of Jesus can dim if we allow the world around us to distract us from Him. However (unlike my PowerPoint), the more we look at Jesus, the more amazed and filled with wonder we are! We will never get tired of keeping our eyes on Him! But the key is to not allow distraction tempt us away. 

I’m reminded of the scene from “War Room.” The character Elizabeth describes her faith and prayer life as neither hot nor cold, but said, “it’s somewhere in the middle.” Then, Miss Clara brings a cup of coffee to her. Elizabeth tastes it, and it’s lukewarm. You can see the disgust on her face while Miss Clara chuckles, and sagely points out, “Everybody likes their coffee either hot or cold. Nobody likes lukewarm… Not even the Lord!!!” It was an important illustration.

Our faith is either hot. Or it’s cold. Not even Jesus likes lukewarm. He said in Revelation 3:15-16 ESV, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

So there is no middle ground in our faith. Today I challenge you to ask yourself—is your faith hot? Is it cold? Or is it lukewarm? If it’s anything but scalding, I am praying that you will turn up the heat.

The second point from my moment of PowerPoint enlightenment is the mistakes we become blind to. Ephesians 5:8 ESV says, “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” 

Have you ever been driving for hours, and as the sky gets darker, your eyes acclimate. Before you realize it, it’s half dark, and someone flashes their brights at you. Your eyes have become so adjusted to the light — or lack thereof — you didn’t realize you were driving in the dark. So with that said, we have to make sure we’re in the light at all times! We have to be cautious about being spiritually blinded to our own sins or accepting of the world’s standards versus God’s.

When Paul wrote of his confrontation with Peter, he said, “But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.” (Galatians 2:17-18 ESV).

We can’t allow ourselves to be blind to our sin or allow compromise for sin in our hearts. Sin is sin. And the magnitude of how offensive it is to God needs to overwhelm our hearts with remorse—not for the sake of condemnation, but for the promise of forgiveness, grace, and mercy!

So to sum up today—keep your faith on fire. And do not become blinded by sin. Walk in the light of Christ, and in all things, keep your eyes on Jesus.

Today, as you pray, thank God for simple reminders that point us back to Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen your faith and ignite in you a spark that will lead to a faith on fire. Ask Him to point out areas of sin in your heart that you need to confess. And pray for eyes that are singularly focused on the Savior.

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