Friday, November 29, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Revelation 2:1-5(NASB)
1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: 2 'I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary. 4 'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 'Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place--unless you repent.
I haven't read through the seven churches section in a while, and this part hit me harder than normal, for I've been in a somewhat dry spot spiritually the last few days; not a backsliding thing but more not acknowledging God much. Most Christians have a "crush" on God when they are first saved, a giddy closeness that typically fades. God's calling us back to that first love. This isn't just to bring us back to the level of devotion that we had at the time, but for the closeness to God that we had as well. I'm in need of rediscovering that closeness, and I'm starting to rediscover it this morning.

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