God is calling us back to our first love—and He’s calling the prodigals home. In a recent Mornings with the Holy Spirit broadcast, He showed me too may have moved into the fringes of Christianity.
It reminds me of Christ’s words to the Laodicean church: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:14-16).
Indeed, a lukewarm spirit is moving through the Body of Christ, and tempting many to settle for less than deep intimacy with the Lord who loved them enough to die for them. Others are moving into New Age philosophies that put out the fire they once had for God.
I heard the Lord say:
“I’m calling you back to the center because the enemy has tried to force you out of My presence. The enemy has tried to cause you to withdraw from My heart. I am calling you back to the center—out of the fringes and back to the center.
“This is where you will hear My heartbeat, and this is where you will see My face as you seek My face. This is where you will hear My voice and understand My will for your life. And you will see and know and understand that the attacks of the past season were to keep you out of this sweet spot—to keep you out of the next glory. And you will rise up and fight against the enemy that tried to take you out.
“I cannot see you. I am looking for you in My heart and you’ve strayed. But now it’s time to come back. Now it’s time to come back. Now it’s time to come back. Where are you? I don’t see you in your place, on your post. I don’t see you on your knees in your prayer closet. Where are you? That familiar place where I used to meet you, you’re not there because you strayed to the fringes and you strayed from My heart because the pressures of this world squeezed you out of My presence, but you’re not out of My life.
“I see your pain and I see you, but I want to see you back where you were before the pain came—before the betrayal came. I want to see you where you were, I want to see you on your knees leaning into My Spirit. I want to see you meditating on My Word and I don’t see you in the places I used to see you.
“I am bringing you back into the center and you will find your balance again and you will find your stability again and you will find that which you lost again because it’s in Me and it’s been in Me all along. So, choose today to come back to the center. Get out of the fringes.”
Meditate on these Scriptures:
Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast. How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings (Psalm 36:5-7).
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19)
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities (Psalm 31:7).
Father, in the name of Jesus, bring me back to the center of Your plan, purposes and will for my life. I don’t want to live on the fringes. I don’t want to walk with a lukewarm spirit. I want to be on fire for You. Fill me up and light me up and I will burn and shine for You.
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