Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Return to your First Love

I had little sleep last night due to an abundance of dreams. The theme of the dreams have me thinking about; returning to our first love (God) and also that He is jealous for us (that will be a post for another day). I did a little search on the internet and found this:

Lost our First Love?

1. When my delight in the Lord is no longer as great as my delight in someone else, I have lost my first love.

2. When my soul does not long for times of rich fellowship in God’s Word or in prayer, I have lost my first love.

3. When my thoughts during leisure moments do not reflect upon the Lord, I have lost my first love.

4. When I claim to be “only human” and easily give in to those things I know displease the Lord, I have lost my first love.

5. When I do not willingly and cheerfully give to God’s work or to the needs of others, I have lost my first love.

6. When I cease to treat every Christian brother as I would the Lord, I have lost my first love.

7. When I view the commands of Christ as restrictions to my happiness rather than expressions of His love, I have lost my first love.

8. When I inwardly strive for the acclaim of this world rather than the approval of the Lord, I have lost my first love.

9. When I fail to make Christ or His words known because I fear rejection, I have lost my first love.

10. When I refuse to give up an activity which I know is offending a weaker brother, I have lost my first love.

11. When I become complacent to sinful conditions around me, I have lost my first love.

12. When I am unable to forgive another for offending me, I have lost my first love.

from Pulpit Helps, May, 1992

Rick Joyner says:

"If He is our first love, then seeking Him and doing His will is the most basic devotion of our lives. More than advancing in our profession, more than accumulating wealth or any other accomplishments, we will measure the success of our lives by how close to God we have become, and how much more we love Him above all things. If we love Him as we should, we will love everyone and everything more than we would otherwise."

3 comments:

Jen said...

WOW!!! This is SUPER Holly!

Lots to consider and rethink!

Magda said...

Preach it sister.

Tamatha said...

Wow! That is great...definately challenging:o)