“I Run To You”December 18, 2007
Psalm 63:8 “My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.”
Psalm 84:10 “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
It’s an attitude of hungering and thirsting after the Lord Jesus Christ who paid for our sins with his own blood. Of grasping the perfect love that he has for us and the incredible salvation that he offers to all. Of so desiring to draw continuously closer to him that we’ll allow nothing to hinder us as Jesus will truly be at the center of all that we do. Just as the Syrophenician woman stated “Yes Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the childrens crumbs” we’ll follow hard after the Lord, regardless of what it entails. We’ll find ourselves placing such a high priority on our special time with the Lord that everything else will take a back seat. We’ll truly desire to seek his face just to be with him; knowing that the he will never leave us and that soon, we shall be forever in his presence.
While our relationship with the Lord Jesus should grow increasingly vibrant, we should also be aware that it’s under continuous assault from the enemy who knows how to strategically place the most alluring of decoys. The world has an ever-growing arsenal of distractions that will hinder us and cause us to become so wrapped up in the “here” that we drift away from our first love. It’s imperative to strive for an increasingly intimate relationship with the Lord; consciously placing him first in our life at all times and watching out for pitfalls that will distract us.
Revelation 2:4 “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”
I’m convinced that when Jesus addressed the seven churches of Asia in the book of Revelation, he brought up the church of Ephesus first, because, of the incredible danger associated with drifting. Drifting away from our first love is such a gradual thing that it hardly registers on our spiritual radar, thereby allowing it to transpire without observation. When a person is living right and actively engaged in service to the Lord in a particular capacity, the problem of a heart that has become attached to ministering instead of Jesus can be hard to recognize. Today, in the final moments of 2007, the problem is compounded. Couple drifting with a lifestyle that’s in perpetual overdrive and a spiritual “perfect storm” emerges. Drifting is one of the most chameleon-like of pitfalls. This next verse has been quoted many times here, but it admonishes us to continuously address the problem of drifting.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
A consistant abiding in the True Vine and actively pursuing a deeper relationship with him. Each day, our relationship with him will change somewhat; either we’ll become closer or we’ll drift out a little further. Just as a natural relationship must be maintained, we must keep our hearts continuously as the old man, will always seek out opportunities to regain prominence in our lives. Not to mention our old adversary, the devil, who is continuously seeking whom he can lure into compromise. He’s constantly seeking to move us a degree or two off course; changes which appear so insignificant that no alarms are triggred and yet notable enough to result in shipwerck if allowed to continue unabated. This next verse has also been mentioned often, but it’s needful here.
Philippians 3:15 “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
This is a comforting verse. The problem of going astray is a big one. If it begins in our hearts, the Holy Spirit will let us know. If we’re listening and attentive, he will make it known to us that we’re pursuing a diversion. Sadly, however, drifting can be accompanied by it’s cousin “dull of hearing” resulting in a treacherous situation. In the case of the ephesians, I imagine that the Lord was speaking to each of them concerning their spiritual state, however, they had become so involved with programs that they didn’t hear. Praise God for using this situation to not only get the attention of the saints in Ephesus, but to warn all of us about the dangers of leaving our first love.
To use myself as an example, I was in a backslidden state for about thirteen years. While I can remember the exact moment when the Lord brought me out of it in March of 2004, I cannot recall the exact moment when I began to wander. In hindsight, I should have seen it coming as all the classic warning signs were present. Yet at the time, a lack of discernment and carnal mindedness wrecked havoc in a person who, was convinced in his heart that he was mature in the Lord enough as to be immuned to backsliding. (I never would have admitted it; even to myself, but the attitude was prevailant.) I guess this is why I make mention of this particular pitfall so often. (such as in the recent post “Fatal Distractions) I’ve been through it and it’s a rough road to travel down. Praise God for finally getting my attention in a most gentle and yet incredible fashion.
Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
Well, this post didn’t go as I was thinking. The plan was to focus on hungering and thirsting after righteousness, however, the subject of drifting became dominant. Yet it’s such an important issue that I’ll leave it as is. We are planning to leave for Florida Saturday and while I want to post one more time prior, to departing, either here or on the other blog, (along with commenting elsewhere) such may not be possible. Nonetheless, to be content in all things as our life is in Jesus Christ and not in circumstances. Until the next time, be it later this week or in January, I wish to all a blessed time in Jesus.
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”