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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Oh How I Love Jesus

Hebrews 5: 5 – 8, So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: "You are My Son, today I have begotten You." As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek"; who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. NKJV
While in prayer, the Lord dealt with me through His Spirit about the hearts of His people growing cold toward Him. However, before we proceed, let’s break this down. If you were to ask Christians if they loved the Lord, I’m sure that all would answer, “Yes.” We can be sincere in our hearts, but God doesn’t just look at our sincerity or our intent; He also looks at our actions. “For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only-begotten Son.” God looks at our obedience in order to gauge the degree of love we really have for Him.
Jesus warns us in Matthew 24, that in the last days, the love of many will wax cold. As the Spirit was speaking to me, this is what I heard. “Ask my people to remember if there was ever a time in their walk of faith when they were more on fire (passionate) for My work than they currently are?”
Can you recollect a time in the past when you were excited to attend “His church” and fellowship with the saints, nevertheless, you no longer possess that enthusiasm? Has there been a time in your relationship with Jesus when it was both a blessing and a privilege to serve, pray, give, and obey His commands, but now it’s more difficult to find the willingness? If you find yourself in this condition, don’t feel condemned because that isn’t the reason God is giving us this word. God wants His people to return to Him with their whole heart. His desire is that they fall madly in love with Jesus all over again. In other words, He wants us to return to our First-love.
You may have very legitimate reasons why you’re not as passionate as you once were. However, God doesn’t want our excuses because He has given us His grace. Paul sought the Lord when he was persecuted, beaten, reproached, and hated and asked Him to remove these things from his life. Nevertheless, God told Paul, “My GRACE is enough!”
We all have a decision to make. The Lord is dealing with our hearts concerning our love for Him and for His work on the earth. What are we going to do to change how we demonstrate our love for God and for His church? While this Word is still speaking to our hearts today, we must make a fresh commitment to reengage in the good fight of faith.
Allow the Spirit of God through His grace to stir up the embers that have grown cold in your heart. The fire may have diminished, but the love is still there in your heart. Get alone with God and spend the time that is needed in His presence to reignite your passion to serve, to give and to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the world. You can do all things through Christ. Let’s do this for the glory and honor of God.
We are currently in the first week of our 21 day fast and would love for you to join us. We have had some who have already pledged that they would. We must decrease, so that Christ can increase in us in 2014. We want to pray for you and lift you up to the Lord, so that you can overcome any hurts, setbacks, or disappointments of the past. It’s time for you to experience the joy of being fulfilled while pouring out the love of Jesus to others who may not know His love.
Serving God Beside You,
Pastor Asa Dockery
Email us at: prayer@whcnorth.org 

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