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    Stay Off the Fence!

    Posted on Nov 18, 2020 12:00:00 AM


    Revelation 3:16, "But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!"


    Our verse for today is very graphic! It reveals how God feels when we sit on the fence instead of fully living life for Him. Some translations of today's verse say God "vomits" when He sees His people straddling the fence, void of commitment to either side. Bottom line: lukewarm living makes God want to spew us from His mouth!

    Isn't it interesting that God would rather us be hot or cold for Him over being lukewarm? God doesn't want to see us waffle and waver between following Him closely and rebelling against Him in even the slightest, mildest ways. He wants us to make a choice and stand by it.

    Let's get personal and practical for a moment. Do you act one way on weekdays then another way on Sundays? Are you all-in with Jesus when things are going well and angry and bitter towards Him when they aren't? That's being lukewarm. Consistency is something God models all through Scripture, and He wants us to have the courage to consistently follow His biblical principles, even when it's not the popular thing to do.

    Do you live a lukewarm life? Turn up the temperature and be consistent on a daily basis with God. Crawl down from that fence and take a stand on God's side with confidence, commitment, and conviction!


    Today, ask God to make you aware of times that you are tempted to be lukewarm when God wants you to be hot. Make the hard decision – the right decision – and see how it fuels you to get off the fence in other situations, too!


    Heavenly Father, Give me the courage to be bold and always take a stand for what's right in Your eyes. Whenever I'm tempted to straddle the fence, remind me that's the worst place I can be. In Jesus' name, Amen.

    Topics: casual Christianity, lukewarm