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Synopsis of Is Your Cake Baked Through and Through
We’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: Rev. 3:15-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.
There is no limit to what you can do in this life. But to excel, you must be cooked through and through with the Word of God. Let me give you an example of what it means to be cooked through and through: In Hosea 7:8 it says, “…Ephraim is a cake not turned.” That means, number one, man is like a cake—he has his warm side to earth and his cold side to Heaven.
Friends, we must put Heaven first in everything we do. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” You may say, “What things?” Everything that excelling in life has to offer! No one in Christ should be half in church and half in the world. That is being neither hot nor cold.
First, you cannot confess His name in church and deny Him in the world. Yet many people live just like that. You will never excel in that state of life.
Second, watch for decay and degeneration—an ill-developed life is in danger of being wholly ruined. God would prefer you either totally out of His will or totally in His will. Many people think this verse is about your salvation or your soul, but this verse is about your works. This is about what you DO in life.
You can often tell when people fall into the trap of not being cooked through and through. The habit of criticism begins to grow as their faith declines. They will never excel in anything God has for them if they live this way. Lukewarm is a static state. It’s living without passion. We were not created to be lukewarm and lethargic; it is an offense to our Creator when we blatantly choose to do nothing to further our life or the lives of others on the earth. You see, there are no gray areas with God.
My third point is this: Beware of spiritual inconsistency and spiritual blindness. They are signs of what I like to call “partial conversion” and they tell you whether you are cooked through and through or still a little raw. Beware also of what I also call an “elastic conscience” because it produces three things:
1) a decreased sensitivity to evil, 2) a decreased longing for Christ, and 3) a decreased interest in the operations and interests of His Church. Notice, I did not say decrease of attendance…. but in operation and interest of His Church.
Notice I used the word “decreased” in each of those three warning signs. You will never excel if your soil has decreased. Bro. Dick, what do you mean our soil has decreased? Frequently in scripture we are referred to as “trees”. After all, we are plantings of the Lord. How do you figure that, Bro. Dick?
ISA 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. And, excelling only grows in soil that is increasing.
Therefore you need to understand the imperfections of your nature. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to live like a monk. It’s OK to desire bread, business, and pleasure in life…but don’t forget to mix God, character, and conscience with them. The more we are cooked through and through, the more readily we understand and acknowledge the imperfections of our nature.
It’s good to know who you are. Why? Because you can fix anything that needs fixing when you know what the problem is! If you don’t look at yourself, how will you know what needs a simple tweaking and what needs an overhaul? So, it’s important to evaluate yourself so that you can go to God and ask Him to help you cook away the raw parts of your “cake.”
Speaking of going to God to ask for help reminds me of a little story we have framed and hanging in our home. Let me read it to you…
God and I raised a flower bed, He really did the most, I guess. We used His soil, His air, His water, His life and His sun. My part seemed so trivial that I said, “Lord , You take those bulbs and make them grow. Right there in the box in the garage. You don’t need me, Lord, You can do it by Yourself. “Oh, no”, He said, “I want to do My part; I’m waiting to begin, but you must do yours too! You’ll have to dig the bed, plant the bulbs, pull the weeds.” So I did my feeble part. And God took that bulb, bursting with Life, fed it with soil, showered it with rain, drew it with sunshine, until we had a beautiful flower.. And then He seemed to say, “Your life is like a garden, and if you’d like we’ll make it a beautiful thing. I’ll furnish the soil of grace, the sunshine of love, the rains of blessings, the wonder of life…. But, youmust do the digging.” Lord, I said, You just go ahead, make me what You want me to be; make me a Saint, give me great faith, fill me with compassion. “Oh, no,” He said. “You’ve got to keep your heart tilled, hoe the weeds of evil, chop away the second-best. I’ll make you anything. Pure, clean, noble, useful. Anything. But only if you dig.”
Reading this again makes me think of something Ronald Reagan said,
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