In the Bible the cry was, “My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?”…Now I ask, “My God! My God! Why have they – why have WE – forsaken You?” The Church is sleeping: she is falling away from her first love (Revelation 2:4-5). Where then is the light of the world, the city on a hill (Matthew 5:14)? The bride without spot? Have we forgotten His warnings against sleeping, going cold?
“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.” – 1 John 3:14
“Blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” -Philippians 2:15
Are we? The Church is still alive, even thriving in some places; but her numbers are dwindling. At least in America. Yes, a lot of kids are accepting Christ as their Savior but how far does it go? Does their commitment last beyond the surge of emotion? Does it “fall on good soil” (Matthew 13:18-23) and go deep into their hearts, deeper than the area in their hearts that is controlled by sheer emotion? How many Christian youth rallies have teens swarming to the alters, time and time again without any lasting changes being noted? With the hundreds of teens that accept Christ (some for the twentieth time) in these meetings, the churches and youth groups should be packed by now. Where are they? And why are the ones who just got baptized in the Spirit last week out binging again this week? Where’s the sign that a true commitment with Christ has been made?
The new generations depend solely on their feelings. Everything is based on what they feel, not on facts. Emotion isn’t the truth in our lives…. It’s the bonus. Little analogy here: Food is a necessity (real food, by the way). We eat it to live. The taste is the bonus; it allows us to enjoy a necessity – and, occasionally, help us know if something is harmful to eat. But we have gotten to the point where we eat for the taste, whether it is harmful to our bodies or not. In fact, the more we eat junk food, the harder it is to enjoy real food. We find that we’re joyfully killing ourselves.
Ok….the taste is the emotion. Where God gave it to us as a way to enjoy the good facts in life and make it easier to do what is good, we have often twisted and abused it. We now use it to judge and decide even when we have the facts! We let it decide for us whether we are having a good day or not. Emotion can’t be trusted, because it is a human weakness and Satan knows it. He attacks us there with guilt, anger, depression, etc. etc. and we find ourselves wondering, “Where did that come from? I was doing great till that hit.”
We need to get back to the truth. We need to come to God on a deeper level. The deeper the level, the stronger the commitment. Jesus said, “Whoever does my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me.” -John 14:21.
“This is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands“. – 2 John 6.
I have never run across a verse that says, “I know you love Me, because your heart is full of adoration” or something like that. Adoration is good, but love goes deeper than emotion. It is a commitment.
Jesus knows that feelings can’t be trusted. Look at His prayer in Gethsemane: “Not My will, but Your will be done.” What if He had followed His emotions? What if we follow ours in making the biggest decisions in our lives, especially in our relationship with Jesus? We may think, “Oh, it’s going ok. What’s the problem?” This is the problem: so many of us have put other things before God. We are friends with the world, followers of pleasure, the adulteress of Hosea. This may sound harsh, but check the Bible.
James 4:4 says,”Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend with the world makes himself an enemy with God.”
This is just one of the verses on this subject. We may think,”I’m not worshiping other gods or anything.” Putting things before God…isn’t this adultery? Isn’t pleasure the idol so many of us worship? That is the god of so many, if not all; even in the Church. Look! Even in our walk with God, how many seek the “feel-good” of His presence more than His heart? His hand more than His face? Is this His bride?
Feelings…desire for pleasure. Wanting God to bring everything to us. God already did 2000 years ago; now it’s our turn to bring our all to Him. Granted, we can’t do it on our own; do we dare even try (Philippians 2:12b-13)? But we can lean on His strength to draw near (Philippians 4:13). We need to seek His face, and seek Him diligently. The Bible says this as well.
God is the only answer. I have little more to say, but God has plenty to say.
“I hold this against you: you have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from where you have fallen; repent and do the things you did at first.” ~Revelation 2:4-5
“If My people,who were called by My name, should humble themselves and pray; seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.” ~2 Chronicles 7:14
“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.” ~1 John 3:14