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In the book of revelation (Rev 3:15) we hear the phrase “ be cold or hot” but what really is being Cold or Hot? Basically it deals with individuals who have first become cold as in being (insensitive, uninvolved, and apathetic toward Messiah (Christ). This attitude is seen or is expressed by their failure to love Messiah and others, these are their works. Second being hot is the opposite of being cold. Being hot is being (caring, supportive, involved) and displaying this through their lives for Messiah, these are their works. But what happens to people who are neither? The term here is being luke warm (Rev 3:16). Luke warm is really a polite way of saying not good for much, or completely unusable for anything. Many people fall into this place of unavailability, not being able to be used for much. However the antidote to changing all of this is by what Messiah says next. Teshu’vah (Repent) (Rev 3:19). This should be clear that somewhere we have missed the right path with Messiah and need to turn back to him. Here are some scriptures to meditate on.

Staying Hot means being active in good works

Tit 3:8 You can trust what I have just said, and I want you to speak with confidence about these things, so that those who have put their trust in G-d may apply themselves to doing Mitzvah’s (good deeds). These are both good in themselves and valuable to the community.  Tit 3:14 And have our people learn to apply themselves to doing mitzvah’s (good deeds) that meet genuine needs, so that they will not be unproductive. 

 Drifting from good works can lead up to Coldness or dullness of Heart

 Heb 6:11  However, we want each one of you to keep showing the same diligence right up to the end, when your hope will be realized;  12  so that you will not become sluggish (dull hearted), but will be imitators of those who by their trust and patience are receiving what has been promised.

Sometimes caring for others is what everyone needs to learn. By  showing Messiahs compassion and mercy to others also shows G-d care. It tells others that we love them and shows G-d that we are willing to share his goodness with others. Caring for a needy person (a brother or sister) in Messiah is also expected. When we have opportunity to give we are not to ignore or treat someone like they are an unwanted chore. G-d cared for us, we in turn should care for others  as we can. Here's some scripture to meditate.

Caring for others is a witness for Messiah

 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you made me your guest,  36   I needed clothes and you provided them, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'  37   Then the people who have done what God wants will reply, `Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  38   When did we see you a stranger and make you our guest, or needing clothes and provide them?  39   When did we see you sick or in prison, and visit you?' 40   The King will say to them, `Yes! I tell you that whenever you did these things for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did them for me!'

True Messiah like faith shows G-ds care

Jas 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before Elohim and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Sometimes having to humble and submit ourselves to those in authority isn't an easy job. You may have even thought that you were humble and submissive until someone else shows you how prideful and unwilling we can be. A great lesson on humbleness and submission comes from our Messiah himself. He did not come as one who pridefully demanded to be served, but came as one who served, and gave us the perfect example of humbleness and submission .   Here are some scriptures for us to meditate on today.

G-dly service, and submission starts with a humble heart of love,

Though I speak with the languages of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

1Co 13:2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. 4  Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8  Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be languages, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.


Submission and humility is not a sign of weakness, but is a sign of strength. Messiah Yeshua showed us all that if we seek to be more like him we will be of great use to the father.

 Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the execution stake.

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