I Love to write for God. Each week, I write messages and share the word of God with anyone who will read what I write. God has always been my inspiration. Even in trouble times, he can get you though anything. This is what my messages are all about.
Day 2 The Reset
YOUR FIRST LOVE
When you read 1 Samuel 7:1-3, you find that Israel had many idols. They were false gods that took their affection and devotion away from God, the true living God.
It was when Israel had placed God in His rightful place in their hearts and lives, that it was then that they experienced victory over their enemies and over time everything began to fall into place for them.
Again in Revelation 2:2-4 you find the church of Ephesus doing many great things for God and serving. Yet, God wasn’t their first love. They weren’t devoted to Him as they once were. Even though they were doing all the right things for God, He desired something more than their works, He wanted their hearts.
There are many things that can become idols in our lives, from a particular person to our emotions and even the activities that we do in church. Anything that takes the place that God should have in our hearts is an idol.
It’s important to also highlight that the ability to overcome the internal struggles in your life and experience victory over them, begins with your full devotion to God and making Him Lord over your life.
It’s about you consistently cultivating an authentic relationship with God, that goes beyond a Sunday service and any activity you’re involved in.
When you're intentional about making God first in your life and you align yourself with Him, it will influence every other area of your life.
It’s time to return back to your first love.
What/Who has taken your devotion and affection away from God?
Does your heart still burn for God as it once did?
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything or anyone that has become an idol in your life and repent (turn away and change).
Receive His forgiveness and yield yourself to His Lordship.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1pe.5.10.NIV
Victory Over Sin When Adam and Eve first disobeyed God and ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden, sin became a part of the nature of mankind. Ever since, humans have been born naturally separated from God because of that sin. Because He is perfect, God simply cannot be in close proximity to sin. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were required to frequently sacrifice an unblemished lamb to atone for sin. The offering had to be perfect to cover the debt of sin - it was the only way a person could stay in right standing with God. Jesus is often referred to as the “Lamb of God”, because His sacrifice on the cross covered the sin of humanity. One of the many miracles of the cross is that it reversed the curse of Adam and Eve’s sin: Just as one act of sin separated all of humanity from God, the sacrifice made by one perfect person covered the sin of all people and made a way for reconciliation. Because Jesus offered Himself for us, we hav