8.11.2011

Devotional_Thoughts

First Love
"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love"  Revelation 2:4

We all have many things that we love in this life. I'm sure you have fond memories of the first time you experienced love from another person. Our first love encounter will stay with us for life.  Some people love money, some love material possessions, some love a lifestyle, and we search for and seek out these things throughout our lives.  What about our relationship with our Creator?  Is there room for Him in our world?  He loves us with an everlasting love, a love that motivated Him to send His dearest and best, His own Son to be sacrificed for our sin, so that we could have a right relationship with Him, and entrance into His perfect place.  He gave all He had to provide a way for our eternal security.  When the all searching eyes of the Heavenly Father look at us, what does He see?  He desires, and yes, even requires, preeminence in our lives.  The church in Ephesus was on track outwardly, in works and labor, in patience, and not bearing with those who were evil.  But inside their hearts, they had grown cold toward God.  They were operating in their own strength.  How about us?  Are we motivated by the love of God in our lives and our work?       God knows. 
Love is a deep, continuous, growing, and ever-renewing activity of the will, superintended by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus says "Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from it's place.  God forbid we would choose to turn away from the One who lights our world, the One who sets our hearts on fire, the One who gave His life so that we could find life.  We have found in a total stranger a near and long-lost relative, a true blood relative even closer to us than father or mother.  Tell Him you love Him today.  Spend some time in prayer, praise and adoration, to show Him how much you need Him today.  He sees your need, He knows your name, and He desires to bless you with peace, with strength, and with understanding of His will for you right now.  Give Him your whole heart, mind, soul and body today, and watch Him transform you into new creation!  Never forget that "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

Prayer for the day:  "I will love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust."  Amen

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