The book of Revelation is written to believers; the very first verse confirms it. 1 Some say we are close to the time of Jesus’ return. No one knows the day or hour however, we can be sure of one thing: we are closer with each passing day. 2 3 Even If Jesus doesn’t return in my life time, I need to be prepared to meet Him.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.4
Was the Holy Spirit impressing me with the importance of returning to my first love? Have I forsaken my first love?
Honestly, I don’t think my relationship with God has the simplicity it used too and I don’t think I truly rely on Him with the same dependency as I once did.5 6 The fact is, I used to do things, as a new believer, that I don’t do anymore.
My Prayer: God, thank you for calling me back into a deepening relationship with you. I remember, I used to steal away moments, during the course of the day, to delight in your word; back then I wrote down your word and carried it with me everywhere I went. Now that I have your word in a host of translations and commentaries at my finger tips; have I taken it for granted? We used to go on those long walks, now I don’t have the time. Please forgive me, thank you for reminding me of the first things and giving me the grace and desire to return to you, my first love. Amen.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. 7
Consider: Doesn’t the very nature of lying deny the truth? Jesus is the truth. 2 Jesus said, “If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father in heaven”. 3 Since Jesus is the only way and if you deny him, who then is your father? 4
My Prayer: Lord, please set a guard over my lips, 5 stop me before a lie forms on my tongue and teach me to take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ. 6 Let me become more like your son every day. 7 Amen