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Pastor Kevin Manning : I Know Your Deeds

End of Daze · 37:22 · Recorded June 19, 2022

I Know Your Deeds

Revelation 3:14-22 (NIV84) 14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. 21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Observing the Church of Laodicea

1. Self-Sustaining

2. No Needs

Jesus observing the Church of Laodicea

1. Spiritually blind

a. Destitute

2. Spiritually indifferent

Lukewarm: Neither hot or cold

Merriam Webster defines lukewarm as “moderately warm or tepid; lacking conviction or half-hearted.”

The synonyms for the word: DULL, APATHETIC, MODERATE.

Thermometer: Measures temperature

Thermostat: Regulates temperature

God’s desire for His Church (YOU)

1. Allow the holy spirit to set the temperature of your life.

Romans 8:5 (NLT) Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.

Galatians 5:25-26 (MSG) Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

Romans 12:12a (MSG) Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.

2. Walk how and where the holy spirit guides you.

Galatians 5:16-17 (HCSB) I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.

Matthew 11:29 (MSG) Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

Talk It Over

When you read the Passage in Revelation 3:14-22 what stand out to you? Why does it stand out to you? Is there an application you can put into practice as a result of your observation?
Do you find yourself to naturally be a thermometer or a thermostat?

Is there something specific that keeps you from being a thermostat and allowing the Holy Spirit to “set the temperature”?

Read Galatians 5:16-17. Do you see any attitudes or actions in your life that are contrary to the spirit?

Parents: This week take some time as a family to reflect where your attitudes are. Talk as a family about times where you struggle with setting your temperature and allowing God to regulate your thermostat. Brainstorm some ways that you can keep one another accountable for your attitudes this week. Read Galatians 5:16-17. Reflect on if you are “walking by the spirit” or letting yourself take the lead? Set aside a time this week to pray together as a family. During this time ask God to work on your attitudes and that you will all learn to walk by the spirit.

Talk It Over

When you read the Passage in Revelation 3:14-22 what stand out to you? Why does it stand out to you? Is there an application you can put into practice as a result of your observation?
Do you find yourself to naturally be a thermometer or a thermostat?

Is there something specific that keeps you from being a thermostat and allowing the Holy Spirit to “set the temperature”?

Read Galatians 5:16-17. Do you see any attitudes or actions in your life that are contrary to the spirit?

Parents: This week take some time as a family to reflect where your attitudes are. Talk as a family about times where you struggle with setting your temperature and allowing God to regulate your thermostat. Brainstorm some ways that you can keep one another accountable for your attitudes this week. Read Galatians 5:16-17. Reflect on if you are “walking by the spirit” or letting yourself take the lead? Set aside a time this week to pray together as a family. During this time ask God to work on your attitudes and that you will all learn to walk by the spirit.

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