Good Monday Morning!
I want to start today’s post by thanking God. He remains faithful even when my faith fails. I thank God for you all too, because I’ve connected with amazing people through blogging. I thank Him also for you guys I haven’t met yet, but who keep reading posts here. God bless you.
I apologize that I didn’t post on Saturday to give the full gist about my 7day leave from the internet. I’d try as much as possible to incorporate the gist in this post.
I’m currently in a
wilderness. I feel like there’s just something dry within that I cannot even put my hand to. A friend said that it’s my spirit yearning to know God more. My spirit man has been itching and it’s very uncomfortable. It’s a feeling that I can’t even really put in words. You see, I wanted a break from the internet because I wanted to be ‘alone’ with God and hear His voice clearly about His purpose and plans for my life. So, the summary of my internet leave is in this short sentence-“I got and heard Nada!” It was even like my spiritual life was much better when I was online.
A lesson I’ve learned from this past week is that God isn’t restricted to a place or thought; He can speak to us even in the midst of noise (online or offline). I know you’re probably wondering what all these have to do with the topic-‘First Love’; you’d understand soon.
I read Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians during the week and a simple verse jumped at me. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 – “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire”. It’s funny how one might have read a verse many times before; but it makes perfect sense when one really needs that word in their life.
I have been putting out the Spirit’s fire for over a week now. And the simple reason is that I have left my first love. I remember when I just gave my life wholly to Christ; it felt like I was walking on water. I would wake and immediately start conversing with God; I’d literary gist Him all through the day and then sleep feeling His strong presence at night. And my Bible! It was the best thing that happened to me! I delved into every revelation I could get from it. Now though…
Not that I no longer do these things, but I sure don’t do them the way I used to. Revelation 2:4-5 states “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember from 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 the lamp-stand from its place.” Though God had said good things at the beginning of this chapter about the church He was sending this message to, He paused to state the above verses before He continued talking about the good things they did.
When I started blogging few months ago, I set in my heart never to come here and fake! I would not act like I have fire circles surrounding my head all the time, because then I would not allow myself to grow spiritually.
I encourage you as much as I encourage myself that we must return to our first love. I like how the verse is written in the Good News Bible. Revelation 2:4-5 “But this is what I have against you: you do not love me now as you did at first. Think how far you have fallen! Turn from your sins and do what you did at first. If you don’t turn from your sins, I will come to you and take your lamp-stand from its place.”
Baba God, please don’t take our lamp-stand from its place. We want to live and shine for you! We want to have the heart to love you the way we did when you found us. We want to fellowship with you better. We know you love us and that’s why you’ve convicted us today to come back. Lord, we’re returning, we coming back to you. We’re dropping all our baggage at your feet because only you can take away heaviness from our hearts. Today, we return to you our first love.
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Have a fulfilled week ahead.
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