Hi, precious family of saints!!! As I write today, I am in tremendous pain and although I have been working to get on top of it, I feel like I have been kicked in the mouth – my teeth are aching greatly!!! Anything too hot or too cold has been sending shooting pain up the side of my face and now even the lukewarm is creating problems. I have appointments to get help, but for now I am praying for Father’s help to see me through this. As I am reflecting upon all of this, I hear my Father speaking to me about words.
The words of our mouths can cause such pain – I guess we could call it mouth pain!!! Words that are perceived as too hot or too cold to a person can do harm and even when we try to speak words lukewarm, it can cause pain in that what is needed for nourishment is not sufficient for getting in to bring good health. Perhaps this is why Jesus was concerned about His church being lukewarm when He wrote to the angel of the church in Laodicea:
“The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
Why did Jesus say this to the church? He tells us:
“Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
When we read about Laodicia, there are some interesting things to ponder:
- It was located in a fertile valley
- The great Roman road stretching to the inland of Asia from the coast at Ephesus ran straight through its center, making Laodicea an important center of trade and communication.
- Its wealth came from the production of a fine quality of famous glossy black wool.
- The city also had a huge banking industry.
- So wealthy was Laodicea that after a great earthquake in A.D. 17, the people refused imperial help in rebuilding the city, choosing rather to do it entirely by themselves.
- Laodicea had a famous school of medicine; and a special ointment known as “Phrygian powder,” famous for its cure of eye defects, was either manufactured or distributed there, as were ear ointments.
- Near the temple of the special god associated with healing (Men Karou) was a market for trading all sorts of goods. Zeus, the supreme god, was also worshiped in the city.
- Laodicea is difficult to describe because no one thing stands out. It was a city with a people who had learned to compromise and accommodate themselves to the needs and wishes of others; they did not zealously stand for anything.
- For all its wealth, the city had poor water. A six-mile-long aqueduct brought Laodicea its supply of water from the south. The water came either from hot springs and was cooled to lukewarm or came from a cooler source and warmed up in the aqueduct on the way.
When the Lord speaks of Himself threefold as “The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God,” it means:
- “Amen” means the acknowledgement of that which is sure and valid. Jesus is the “Amen” as the perfect One who understands obedience and suffering.
- Jesus is the “faithful and true witness” of His Father and His Kingdom.
- Jesus is also the source – “the beginning of the creation of God.”
In Jesus speaking these words to the Laodicea church, it may have been indicating their deeds were “neither cold nor hot” which may indicate they were lacking in zeal or their uselessness, for Christ says “I wish you were either spiritually cold (unsaved or hostile) or spiritually hot (alive and fervent). We know it is not the heart of Jesus that people be spiritually cold and He was not in agreement with them being “lukewarm” – being a blend of hot and cold. Our Father’s heart is not that His church be useless to Him because they are complacent, self-satisfied and indifferent to the real issues of faith in Him and of discipleship.
It seems Jesus was not happy about the attitude of compromise of His church – the seeking of easy accommodation and peace at any cost. With such a condition, Jesus was wanting to deal harshly with to bring about the goal of having His people useful to Him. Oh I love that thought of a useful church full of people for the cause of Jesus!!! 🙂 It gets me all fired up to go for Jesus!!! YYYEEESSS!!!
These thoughts I have shared here today, I find interesting as I have been studying and I share them and ask you as I ask myself “What do you want me to see through this, Lord?” There is a lot of food for thought here. This I know, as we yield our hearts to our Father’s love and guidance, He will reveal to us His divine plan that will not lack zeal and fervor in going into this world with His purpose!!! WOOOHOOO!!! Now that just gets me all excited about going with the divine!!! Oh, let’s get the “HOT” fire of His Holy Spirit waters flowing dear family as this song says here!!! It is going to make a divine forever difference and oh that just makes me smile!!! 🙂 Much love to you wherever you are!!!
I am feeling some relief now from my mouth pain – the medicine is helping!!! Thank you, Jesus!!!
What is Father wanting to speak through you, dear ones???