Editors Note: Here is a facebook post from Bob Schenfield of the church of God Friends group that I think you will all enjoy so I thought I would share it with you here.
THE FLUSH OF LOVE
A FRIEND OF 40 YEARS TOLD ME that going to Church for him was as stressful as going to work. I was taken aback – he always said for many years how undesirable his job had been.
Another said, “Bob, my problem with the Feast of Tabernacles is that it’s boring — with the same old messages about the same old things.”
Has the ‘novelty’ of the truth of God worn off for you? Perhaps your excitement – your FIRST LOVE for the TRUTH has waned. Everything has become OLD HAT. You’ve been there, you’ve done it — you know it all. The burn of excitement just isn’t there anymore.
Perhaps this is you …
You started out with God giving you a great deal of TRUTH and insight into His will for you? Having a beginning burst of spiritual energy and zeal perhaps for a year or so … or ten years … or twenty … or like my friend I mentioned above, 40 years.
At some point you BEGAN to fizzle! You gradually lost that initial zeal and fire for the TRUTH of God and His way or life you had first embarked upon.
If any of this describes you, God has a message for you: He is HIGHLY AWARE of the fact that “…you have left your first love.”
God has not given up on you though.
Does the following sound familiar? The pattern doesn’t generally vary.
When God first called you it soon became evident that you were learning things you had never heard of before — and with plain scriptural proofs to back them up.
You were astounded by what you were learning and how clear the Bible became and you started looking forward to studying it on a regular basis.
I remember when I was called, I looked forward to the daily mail delivery with great anticipation as that meant I would receive even more literature I had requested.
Do you perhaps see yourself somewhere in this story?
Looking back now, you should realize that God had begun a process in you – you were being called. Yes, you had been one of those chosen and specially called to understand mind-altering truths — to be a true follower of Jesus Christ!
Chances are, previous to your calling, you had not comprehended a single one of the REAL truths of the Bible — suddenly, these awesome truths were being inculcated into your understanding, and part of what you learned was that with the knowledge of these truths came a responsibility — that God would hold you accountable for what you understood — found evident in James 4:17 and Hebrews 10:26.
So you started to espouse what you were reading. Perhaps you read: “If you CONTINUE in My Word, then are you My disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
As you studied further you learned more and more about what that meant — you knew there was no turning back!
Christ wants you to REMEMBER what it was like at the beginning BEFORE YOU LOST IT – he says to repent, and do the first works. (Rev. 2:4-5).
What you should do now …
God will help you get back on track if you wholeheartedly seek Him. He will answer you and fully restore you.
He gave you His Spirit and He TRUSTED YOU with vital TRUTH revealed only to THOSE HE PERSONALLY CHOOSES. God gave you things that would be impossible for you to know without His favor and calling.
How this happens is revealed in Luke 24:45: “Then Jesus OPENED THEIR MINDS so they could understand the Scriptures.”
If you want this process to continue, just what should you do? There is a PRINCIPLE given in Jeremiah 33:3 — “CALL TO ME AND I WILL ANSWER YOU.”
So do THAT — God has called YOU (John 6:44) or you wouldn’t have proceeded this far in the process. So call back to God — claim that promise He has given you in Jeremiah 33:3.
Answer God in your own words as you go to your private place daily. Always address your prayer to the Father and remind Him of Jesus’ instruction when He said the Father will hear and answer you because you are praying in His name.
Perhaps say, “Father, I’m coming to you to claim your promise. I’m sorry that I’ve gotten off track. I want to come back fully to you. I want the EXCITEMENT and the FLUSH of my FIRST LOVE OF THE TRUTH, restored.”
Of course, don’t do a canned repetitious prayer, but you want to let God know in your own varying way the following:
▸I do want to fully know you and to be known by you. ▸I want you to continue to inculcate within me and fully restore in me those great and wonderful TRUTHS you gave me in the beginning – to give me full understanding and enthusiasm for YOUR WAY again.
▸Yes, there are things in my heart and my life that I wish were not there – I will change – I repent of … and I ask for your favor, and I am confident that you know my heart and its desire to reflect your glory, to do my part, and display your character.
Of course, also ask God about your needs being fulfilled — ask Him to send His Kingdom to Earth — tell Him that you truly want to be part of that Kingdom when Christ returns to take charge.
Ask for His protection from evil — to restrain the evil one, Satan from you — and to give you the resolve and ability to resist the pulls of the world, Satan and your own human weaknesses (that’s called overcoming).
Always thank God for the gift of being His child and having your future secured!
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock…” Revelation 3:20-21