got Jesus?

 
 

Send this page to a friend.

Your E-mail Address

Their E-mail Address

 

 

    Jumpstart Your Day 5-minute radio broadcasts

Jump-Start Your Day

Sunday, April 15th, '18

All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson

 

COOLING OFF

"...the love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:12)

"...Barnabas and Paul waxed bold..." (Acts 13:46)

 

This word "wax" is archaic but we still use it occasionally when speaking of those who wax bold or wax eloquent, etc. Today's church could use a good waxing. Barnabas and Paul "waxed bold" when confronting unbelief in Antioch of Pisidia. But we have fulfilled the Matthew 24 prophecy and have waxed cold instead of bold. Marriage partners get the cold shoulder, innovative ideas are doused with cold water, and zealous worshipers are silenced with cold stares. Jesus said, "Many are called, but few are chosen", but we've altered the script to where many are cold and a few are frozen! A church born in the fire was never intended to finish in an ice chest. Heat has to be maintained. A properly functioning thermostat will keep a steady temperature, not regulate the climate with sporadic fits of hot and cold.

 

But how does this spiritual cooling off occur? First, when things are allowed to sit they stagnate. The coffee cup by this keyboard has cooled merely by neglect. The waitress toting a hot coffee pot asks, "Would you like a warm up?" To stay hot one needs constant updates. The fire must be stoked and fueled. "Where no wood is, there the fire goes out..." (Proverbs 26:20) Notice the key word "there", "there the fire goes out". It can be a pulpit, an artist's studio, prayer closet, boardroom or bedroom. Passion dies where effort dies. The church waxes cold when it waxes indifferent.

 

Second, cooling off occurs when there is a mixture between hot and cold. Lukewarmness is the worst of the best and best of the worst mixed together. When the bright kids are in class with the dunces the one group gets smarter but the other is dumbed down. I never understood iced coffee or a black light. Seems like they ought to be either/or instead of trying to be both. The church is to be a fixture in the world not a mixture with the world. We can't serve two masters so why try to dance to two different thermostats? We happen to have two thermostats at each end of our house. If I were to set one on A/C and the other on heat, both furnaces would fight each other for supremacy. That's why Jesus said to make up your mind, "I would thou wert cold or hot" (Revelation 3:15) because we can't be both.

 

Third, cooling off occurs when we forget how to accurately gauge what is in fact "hot". For instance, if we were in ten below zero weather for an hour then dove into a sixty-degree pool it would feel quite tropical. But if it was ninety out and we jumped into that water it would send a shiver up the spine. How do you gauge what is hot if you're not familiar with hot? The Jacuzzi needs to simmer at about 105 degrees. 99 may feel good when you first step in but becomes very boring after a couple minutes. Hot to an Alaskan means something totally different than hot to someone in the Sahara. It all depends on what you have been exposed to. I have been exposed to worship that is feverish, preaching that is ablaze and Christians baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire. Stepping from incubator into a refrigerator is shocking to the nervous system. But to "wax cold" means a slow process of acclimatization where the backslider forgets "what manner of man he was". It is a degree by degree hypnotism. Before long sixty degrees feels fine because we've forgotten the sizzle of the old consecration. Are you happy with halfway? Do you find pleasure in barely enough? Then you've waxed cold instead of bold and that's why God ordained the ministry of the evangelist, to ignite a revival.


Jump-Start Archive

transcripts

20180924
20180923
20180922
20180921
20180920
20180919
20180917
20180916
20180915
20180914
20180913
20180912
20180911
20180910
20180909

Jump-Start Archive
Listen to past
radio MP3s

20180924
20180921
20180920
20180917
20180914
20180913
20180912
20180911
20180910
20180907
20180906
20180905
20180904
20180903
20180831

A lifetime of gathering of dynamic quotations...

 
home          privacy          contact
copyright © kris jackson ministries 2009