Spiritual Hypothermia (Matthew 24:11-12)
Matthew 24:11-12 “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
Is it possible today for our love for the Saviour to wax cold? In Revelation 2:1-4, did not the church at Ephesus have the indictment of a frigid love for Christ? Is it possible to willingly work, live the Bible standard, refuse to side with evil, flush out and expose the false prophets and fakes, but wax cold in our love for the Saviour? Yes! At an alarming rate believers are freezing to death while the damaging effects of cold Christians leave the ministry untouched.
Today’s forecast calls for icy winds which threaten Christians with conformity, worldliness, immorality, infidelity, pornography, divorce, etc. Workers of evil strategize everyday to freeze the love and labor of God in our lives. May we be aware of this warning and enter our prayer closets and pray for the spiritual thermostat of believers to be turned to heat. May we pray that the Holy Ghost fan the spiritual flame and blows embers into the hearts of believers.
In Ecclesiastes 4:9, 11; Hebrews 10:24-25, God’s Holy Word demonstrates one of the blessings of believers worshiping together to be the action of “stirring up” one another. This is meant to ignite, incite, or provoke in our mind’s eye to the image of a bonfire burning with firewood stacked one over the other. When the bonfire begins to die down, one must stir the firewood to feed the flames and keep the fire burning. The same is true when Christians congregate to worship God in spirit and in truth.
A man huddled on a cabin floor was slowly freezing to death. It was high in the Rockies in southwestern Alberta, and outside a blizzard raged. John Elliott had logged miles that day through the deep snow of the mountain passes. As he checked for avalanches, and as dusk and exhaustion overcame him, he decided to rest.
He made it wearily to his cabin, but somewhat dazed with fatigue, he did not light a fire or remove his wet clothing. As the blizzard blasted through the cracks in the old cabin walls, the sleeping forest ranger sank into oblivion, paralyzed by the pleasure of the storm's icy caress. He began the gentle downward spiral of hypothermia.
Suddenly, however, his dog sprang into action, and with unrelenting whines, finally managed to rouse his near-comatose friend. The dog was John's constant companion, a St. Bernard, one of a long line of dogs famous for their heroics in times of crisis. "If that dog hadn't been with me, I'd be dead today," John Elliott says. "When you're freezing to death you actually feel warm all over, and don't wake up because it feels too good."
This moving story illustrates the spiritual condition of many Christians today. They are cold spiritually, and sadly, are oblivious of their true condition. Thank God for all the ways in which He arouses such sleepers. He sends His messengers to nudge them awake.
Sometimes the methods used to awaken them are drastic, but always for their good. He shakes us to awaken us spiritually. He awakens us from lethargy because He loves us, and wants to save our lives from apathy, waste and ineffectiveness. Is the Lord trying to wake you up? Have you lost your compassion for others, for those who are lost or hurting?
PRAYER: Lord, Help me to never grow cold towards You, others and Your Word. May I do all I can to encourage others to serve You and lead others to come to know You. In Jesus name, Amen.
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