For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
This week, on the Restored & Redeemed devotional that we have for couples in a restored marriage, we talked about being lukewarm in our Christian walks. It is such an important topic that I wanted to continue it over here.
Can you think of a time in your life where you felt like your relationship with the Lord was at an all-time high? Maybe it was a time where you were spending concentrated time in the Word, devoting time to prayer and thanksgiving and sharing Christ with others.
You may even be able to point to a time and say, “I saw the Lord answering so many prayers then.”
Where are you today? Has your relationship with Christ become lukewarm? Have you allowed complacency to enter your spiritual life, prayer life, and even your marriage? Men, are you leading your family spiritually?
Have you become lazy in your quiet time? Do you make it a priority each day or fit it in as time allows? Are you spending time in prayer with the Lord? Are you prepped for battle and fighting the enemy, or are you tired and feeling hopeless?
Have you ever seen the Christian film, The War Room? In that movie, there is a scene where the older prayer warrior is having coffee with a young wife she is attempting to mentor. The prayer warrior immediately sees this young woman has become lukewarm in her Christian walk. As she prepares her coffee, she pours her friend a cup of lukewarm coffee which immediately gets spit out. Do you get the point? Scripture even talks about this.
So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16
I would challenge you to evaluate your relationship with Christ. Let me ask some questions that we can all use to assess our spiritual walk.
- Are you lukewarm or on fire for Jesus?
- Do you trust that He has your best interest in mind?
- Are you spending time with Him?
It is so easy to get comfortable with a relationship and become lax in our time together. The same can be said of our relationship with Jesus. If I am not careful and purposeful, I can find that the busyness of life has taken over, and I have not made time with my Creator a priority.
It is so important to be on guard and stay close to Jesus. The enemy wants to see your marriage destroyed. He can do that easily by causing distractions for just one spouse. Don’t get lazy in your spiritual walk.
Instead of spending so much time on social media or reading books about self-help or even books about Jesus, why not grab the book He authored? Challenge yourself to spend more time in the Word each day.
It isn’t too late if you feel like the Lord is showing you that you have become lukewarm. Spend some time in prayer today. Tell the Lord you want that fellowship back with Him. He will honor that request.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12