Dear Bethel Family,
Do you remember the day when you first came to know the Lord? Remember the peace, joy, contentment and love you felt? There is absolutely nothing that can replace what we felt when Jesus came to be our Lord and Savior. Unfortunately, at times we drift in our love and devotion to Him. We have a tendency to wander in our walk with Him. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you don't feel as connected with God as you once did. Maybe you lost the passion for doing His work. We all need to ask ourselves, “Have I remained true to my first love?” If not, Jesus has the answer!
There are three parts to His answer. The first is to remember from where we have come. Christ says, “Remember from where you are fallen.” He asks us to respond positively to our salvation. We can give no less. Jesus has endured much for us because of the unconditional love He has for us. How can we not reciprocate this love? He created and saved us to love Him forever. The second part to His answer is repentance. Because of sin, our love for Him may become lukewarm. Satan will do what he can to keep us from loving Jesus the way we should. The enemy knows what traps to lay in front of us and he will do his best to keep us from becoming what Christ desires. The third part is our return to Jesus. God wants us to turn back to Him fully, making Him our top priority. We need to ask Him to light a flame in our hearts that will burn brightly for Him and never go out. Many times we need to ask for His forgiveness and cleansing from sin and the ability to move forward walking in obedience to Him. We need to spend quality time in the Bible and prayer.
If your love for the Savior has dwindled and you find yourself drifting in your walk with Him, ask Him to help you get the priorities of your life in the proper place. He is a loving and gracious Savior who loves each of us unconditionally. We will sin in this life. The enemy will make sure of that but remember what the Bible assures us of, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (NASB)
This week keep your focus on the Lord. Determine to live a life of total submission and obedience. The Lord will be glorified and honored and you will be blessed!
Have a wonderful week. Solus Christus, in Christ alone!
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Recommended reading: "Last Words of Saints and Sinners," by Herbert Lockyer. "God is in Control" by Charles Stanley
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