The Message I Obviously Needed to Hear…

So on Sunday when I sang at all three services, I sat through all three services.  This meant I heard the message three times.  I joke that the message on those Sundays is just for me, because I get to hear it over and over again.  But it is no joke.  I ALWAYS think that God puts me in services to learn from His word.  His word never returns void, so anytime I read or hear from the Lord, it is applicable for me.
But Sunday, I was so blessed to hear this message time and time again.  I want to share it with y’all.
Jeff, our associate pastor, preached because our regular pastor was on vacation.  Jeff preached the “Recipe for Revival” from Revalation 2:1-5
Here is the text:
β€œTo the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.  I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”

At first glance, this verse is one of those “oh it’s from Revelation so I won’t understand” verses.  I know you think it too.  All that talk of lampstands and stars and whatnot.  But this is the main point:

Are you still “in love” with God? Jeff was great to point out that love is three parts: emotion, committment, and intimacy.  If you have fallen from the love you once had for the Lord, how do we get back?

This verse outlines it.  Remember, Repent, Redo (gotta love that R repetition!)

First, we remember where we have fallen from.  Remember who God is and what He has done for you.  We can do this by remembering our own personal story with God, reading scripture of what He has done for others, listening to worship music, or hearing others’ testimonies.  Either way, we have to remember what being in love with God was like.

Then we repent.  He said repentance was to “admit it and quit it.”  We turn from whatever is holding us back.  Unforgiveness? Lust? Ignoring God? Turn from whatever it is.

Last, we redo.  We go back to doing the things we did at first when we were “in love” with God.  Think back to that time in your life and re-do those things.  Daily Bible study? Less media? More worship music?  More Godly friends?  Whatever it was, do those things again.

Pretty simple, really.  But I really needed to hear that.  I have been trying to redo things, but it wasn’t working to bring me back to that love place with my Jesus.  I wasn’t remembering and repenting.  I think they all go hand in hand.  I had been doing daily “quiet time” or Bible study, listening to more Christian music, praying more.  But I still had things blocking me from truly letting go and loving God wrecklessly.  So I’m working on that now.

Just wanted to share that word, since it made a difference in my life.  Let me know if I can pray for you! πŸ™‚


Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing Brittney! I needed to hear this too. How simple it is to return to our first love. Sometimes we make it more complicated than it really is. Thanks for your honest heart πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for sharing this good word! What a reminder… to love and pursue our first love with Jesus daily and in an intimate way. I constantly remind myself that without Jesus, I have nothing good in my life!

    Have a blessed day!

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