Thursday, March 27, 2014

Word of the Day... March 27, 2014...


Back to the BasicsLook how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first.—Revelation 2:5, NLT

I once knew a guy who was always in the best shape. I would run into him a couple of times a year, and he always made a point of reminding me that he was in much better shape than I was. He would tell me, "Feel my arm!"


"That's hard."


"That's right!" he would say. But he was a stressed-out and very intense kind of guy. One day, I received the sad news that he had died of a heart attack. This guy had it all together on the outside. He was in great shape. But inside, his heart was in trouble.


You may have the greatest physique — bulging biceps and rippling abs. You may have incredible stamina and energy. But what good is all of that if you have heart disease? You might be able to flex your spiritual muscles in front of other people. You might say, "Look at my schedule! Look at all that I am doing for God. Look at what I have done. Listen to my accomplishments." That's good as far as it goes. But it falls short of revealing the whole picture.


When Jesus told the believers at Ephesus they had left their first love, He was getting to the heart of the matter, the root of success or failure in the Christian life. He was saying, "You are leaving this first love. You are neglecting these basic things." That is when the Christian life becomes drudgery. That is when you start saying, "There are so many rules. There are so many restrictions. I want to live as I please. I want to be free."


When you begin to think like this, you are leaving your first love.  I really think Pastor Greg’s devotionals get better by the day.  We were just talking about leaving your first love at church as we are studying the Book of Revelation.


If straying, begin to do what helped you to fall in love with Jesus in the first place. It is not uncommon to have dips in a relationship. Peter dipped in his (Luke 22:54), and David dipped in his (2 Samuel 11), but they got up and pursued after God once again. Be a Mary not a Martha.  Spend your time at the feet of Jesus.



John, in Revelation 2:4, states it is not a case of “losing” one’s love but “leaving” one’s love. It is a choice that you are making to walk away from Him.  The cure is to do the “first works,” those things that caused one to grow in love with God in the first place. This would include those items mentioned above. The first step in this is confession and receiving the forgiveness and restored fellowship that are the result of that confession (1 John 1:9). There is no doubt that God will bless the pursuit of a passion for Him and will glorify His name through it.  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!! 

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