It is easy to pray by rote, attend church as a habit and become blasé to Christian life. At one point or another it has happened to many Christians. That is why we have revivals at church. However attending a revival program does not necessarily revive a person. When we first became Christians we were hot for God, we had a passion in our hearts, and we couldn’t help but talk about his goodness and sing of his love. But as time elapsed, and problems came, our faith faltered and we treated our Christian lives as a chore.
Satan plays on our emotions, and we allow him to. We allow him to manipulate us into believing God does not care about us, or he won’t mind if we sip a little from sin. We permit ourselves to partake in things we know deep down we shouldn’t because we fail to guard our hearts as the bible implores us to do in Proverbs 4:23. We are not perfect and we may fall but we should not use our human nature as an escape goat to do as we please. Some of us are content in doing wrong and blaming the devil for our misdemeanors, when the truth is we did not heed the word in the letter of God; which says above all things, not above some things, but above all things, guard your heart. Gods asks us to do such because he knows the tricks of the devil and he knows how much power our emotions wield over us.
When we seek revival we should not depend on our emotions, instead we should depend on God. God is the author and finisher of our faith. I have heard people say they pray for things and did not get it because they do not have enough faith. What does that even mean? Does it mean because we have faith God is obligated to give us all the desires of our hearts? Does it mean God should no longer decide what’s best for us? Or maybe it means we are the ones increasing our faith. The bible says God, not us, is the author and finisher of our faith. Without God our faith will not grow. The Christian journey is not a lonely one, because God in heaven said he will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
We act as if we have to do it all on our own, we ask God for help but we do not give him a chance to prove to us he’s got our back, and over time we conclude all sorts of untruthful things.
If you are a Christian you should not acquiesce to be lukewarm, because it is not what God calls us to be. Revelations 3:16 says he will spit the lukewarm Christian out of his mouth. We all need a revival in our lives, a constant revival, and one where we will seek God daily and we will worship him unconditionally.
We are also forgetting Christ is our friend. If you had a friend who only calls when they need help, would you consider that person a good friend? Would you want a friend who’s only concerned about themselves and is not interested in what you have to say or any of your interest?
I am not the ideal Christian, far from it truthfully, but I love God and I know you love him too or else you wouldn’t be reading this, and like all good relationship it takes a little work and a lot of love. God is love, so the best place to find love is to go to him.
Reading the bible should not be a nuisance, listening to gospel should be our joy. This world is not our home, we are just passing through, and while we are here we should not forget where we are heading and who will take us there.
We are to search the scripture and learn about the God we serve. He cared enough to number the hairs on our head (Luke 12:7) and knew us before we were born (Jeremiah 1:5). He loved us so much he couldn’t wait for our mother to give birth for him to know us, so why are we not taking the opportunity to know him better?
Have a bless day my Christian friends.