I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— 2 I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:1-6)
O dear believers in Christ, please take heed as you walk for the Lord God. Remember that while you’re in the flesh, that our ways are not of the flesh but of the spirit. So do your warfare against the darkness and falsehood according to the Spirit of God rather than your fresh.
Make the Lord God your strength rather than depend on your flesh for victories. For the darkness of the world cannot prevail against the Lord Almighty. If you make God your strength you won’t fail in the fight against evil.
When fighting evil know this; the fight is about destroying strongholds and arguments and lofty opinions raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. For each disobedience will be punished in the afterlife and no one will escape Judgement Day except for those who repent and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
You might be faced with hardships on account of your faith in Jesus, but do no despair. God will reward those who stand by his Word in time of hardships and temptation. Be willing to face the hardness of life with good preparation, because the Lord Jesus himself told us us to build on solid ground instead of of the sand in (Matthew 7:24-27)
Walk with Jesus Christ in your thoughts, words and deed as your meditate on the Word of God and keep winning your victories against the powers of darkness!
Verses for reflection:
- By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left (2 Corinthians 6:7)
- The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light (Romans 13:12)
- Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 2:3)
- Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; (2 Corinthians 3:5)
If a spirit gives you counsel which contradicts the teachings of the Bible, then be sure that it is not the Holy Spirit but rather an unclean and evil spirit. The Holy Spirit is, was and always will be in full alignment, with the Word of God.
The following verses from Galatians Chapter 5 makes it clear about what are things inspired by the flesh and what are the things which are of the Holy Spirit:
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Now Jesus came to Earth to preach the Gospel. And yes by all means the Gospel does include truth and holiness and the joy of the Lord. And here’s what Jesus had to say about the Holy Spirit (in John Chapter 16):
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
So then the Holy Spirit also know as the Spirit of truth will only teach you what is of God the Father through his Son Jesus and nothing profane nor heretical. And so you’d understand that any spirit that teaches you falsehood and things contrary to the Holy Scriptures is not the Holy Spirit but rather an evil and deceptive spirit. A true follower of God will therefore accept the good ie the Holy Spirit but reject the evil ie the unclean spirit every time.
The Evil One doesn’t always go on hating Christians. He loves lukewarm Christians, in his own twisted way!
14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
One of the strongest features of Lukewarm Christians (also called Sunday Christians) is that they are pompous about their prosperity. Obviously the richness of life they revel is all about the flesh, the external and not the internal which is the spirit. Because in the spirit they are anything thing but good. They do not realize their spiritual condition which is grim and unholy. Blindness is the keyword to describe their lives. They hear the word of God but do not act on it. I’m not saying they reject it outright but rather they don’t put the teachings of the Gospel to practice.
Why would Satan love them who are Lukewarm Christians?
Because these are the ones who act in a manner that contradicts the Christian faith. They may hear of miracles by God yet will feel no joy. If someone gets healed, someone who was suffering for decades and lost a lot of money on treatment, all they can do is hear of it and feel nothing. They won’t give praise to God nor will they try to decipher if the miracle is true or not.
Adding further, Satan loves such people because they are deceived into thinking they will to heaven even if they remain in sin. It’s one thing to be forgiven of sin but its a another thing to keep going back to sin. These people say that they love Jesus Christ but the be silent when the time comes to stand witness for Christ and so end up lying about their love. They just don’t want to repent. They may love flirting, excessive drinking and money laundering and even be aware that these are wrong. But if the call for repentance comes they will keep postponing it to another day. This sets a wrong precedent for their children and colleagues who witness their behavior almost daily.
These see the poor and suffering of the world and yet do not feel pity nor pray for them. Donating to charity is a far-fetched concept to them. Even unbelievers will speak out for those suffering due to war, disease and famine. But all that the Lukewarm Christian is concerned is about doing their jobs, partying and going to sleep and waking up the next day to go back their jobs, party and go back to sleep. A self-centered life is what they live.
Since they don’t live by the teachings of the Gospel, they won’t speak about it. They will encounter people who need to hear the Gospel but they will not bother. Instead all they want is blessings but never want to bless others. No wonder Satan loves them so much, that he has a special place selected for them in the afterlife to repay them with all due interest.
What does Jesus not like about Lukewarm Christians?
This all because of their works. They are neither hot not cold. They choose be neutral to the things of God. With so many saints, martyrs and witnesses who chose to do the will of God in face of great danger and with so many recorded accounts of them, the Lukewarm Christians have no excuse at all. They can never say they don’t have role models to follow.
Does Jesus hate Lukewarm Christians?
Jesus doesn’t hate them because he actually said “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3: 19). And he said this when speaking about Lukewarm Christians. All he wants is that they understand their true condition in spirit and then hear his voice and come back to him in all genuineness. So the context is very clear.
What should a Lukewarm Christian to do get out of this mess?
Anyone who is in the trap of being a Lukewarm Christian (or Laodicean) must be zealous and repent. It’s that simple. Become zealous for Jesus Christ. Show it in your words and actions. Repent because repentance is not optional in the Gospel. It’s by many standards the starting point of your faith in Jesus.
Will a simple prayer be enough in this context?
No as salvation is not ‘say a prayer and get your ticket to heaven’ but rather it’s that you continue to believe in Jesus Christ to your last hour and your last breath. If you feel led by the Holy Spirit then one can pray about it, no doubt. However, one must always live a holy life unto God. Prayer and holy living must always go hand in hand.