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July 22, 2016, 11:55 AM

An Epidemic...


An Epidemic.

Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)

15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

There is an epidemic across America that is getting worse by the generation. The Problem, the commitment of the Christian. Some questions to get you started in your thinking…..

What Does God Expect of Me?
What Does it mean to Be a Follower of Jesus?
What IS being a Christian?
What Do I Do for Jesus?
Could I Do More?
Should I Do More for God?
What Example am I setting for My Children?
-My Family?
-Those that I witness to?
What IS enough for God?

There is no doubt that there are still committed Christians in the world today, however there is a fast growing population of what Jesus would call “LUKEWARM” Christians. Lukewarm Christians do more harm than good, why? Honestly it sets a poor example for others to follow, hence the Epidemic… It shows, and teaches “flakiness” or half heart-ed commitment.  Think about it like this, your children as they grow up and if you take them to Sunday School and Church every Sunday, chances are they will never ask “Mommy are we going to church this Sunday…” Children ask this because you taught them  a hit or miss attendance habit that there are other things that get in your way of worship or at least your desire to be in the House of the Lord..

If you haven’t figured out yet, this is one of those “I need steel toe boots” messages….

Churches today struggle with members not giving there all, and to find commitment. The Bible teaches us that we are to commit the things of God to faithful men and women, the problem… there is only the faithful few… And people wonder where God is in there life… Maybe its not where God is in your life, but where you make time for HIM in yours…….

I often hear of churches cancelling services, or closing there doors due to a lack of attendance, you would think that with our Country in the shape that it is in that we would be flocking to the church and to the opportunity to get close to Jesus.

There is only so much a church Pastor and core leadership can do, if you want to see YOUR church Thrive, then commit to it. And encourage others to commit to it.

What will make you on Fire for God?…. What will it take for you to Hunger and Thrust for HIM? Why is Jesus not enough? Why is HE always second or last place in your life?

Jesus wants us to be HOT or COLD, not riding the fence… He is saying you are either IN or OUT… Which is it?

Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)

15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[a] I will vomit you out of My mouth.

2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

John 15 (NKJV)

The True Vine

15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Proverbs 13:19-25 (NKJV)

19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul,
But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

20 He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

21 Evil pursues sinners,
But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.

22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

23 Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
And for lack of justice there is waste.

24 He who spares his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul,
But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.

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