Saturday

May

27:2017

Saturday May 27 / 2017
Additional Scripture Reference
Romans 3:20

Daily Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 20, 21, 22
John 10:22-42

KEEP JESUS AS YOUR FIRST LOVE (Part 3)

"To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love."
Revelation 2:1-4 (NKJV)

Most children of God will attest to the fact that their salvation experience was immediately followed by a period of “ecstasy” during which time their love for God was fresh and pure. This is exactly what Jesus was referring to as our “first love”, in other words, the way we loved Him when we first believed.

The “first love” experience is characterized by childlike exuberance and excitement about the things of God. It is a love that expresses sincere devotion whist exhibiting a passionate God-centred lifestyle. Unfortunately for many Christians, this season of “euphoria” was eventually replaced by a dry and religious kind of service in which works, as opposed to love, became the backbone of their Christianity.

Brethren, God wants us to return our minds and hearts to the original “euphoria” of our faith. He wants our interaction with Him to be lively and emotional as opposed to mechanical and “professional”; He wants our encounters with Him to be liberating and not legalistic.

The “first love” approach to the Christian faith is the antidote to the lifeless and power-deficient Christianity that many Christians have resigned themselves to. It is in this place of “euphoria” that childlike mountain-moving faith is fully operational and the greatest manifestations of God’s glory become normal occurrence.

Beloved, return to your first love if you have strayed from Him; He will not fail you and He will never forsake you! Amen.

Prayer & Confession of faith
Holy Spirit, please help me to revive the excitement I had when I first gave my life to Jesus, and help me share that love to all the people around me. In Jesus name, Amen!
Additional Scripture Reference
Romans 3:20

Daily Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 20, 21, 22
John 10:22-42

Key For Bible Translations


Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from
New King James Version
of the Bible

NKJV New King James Version
AMP The Amplified Bible
TANT The Amplified New Translation
TLB The Living Bible
CEV Contemporary English Version
NASB New American Standard version
ISV International Standard Version
NIV New International Version
MSG The Message Translation
WEB The World English Bible
TNLT The New Living Translation
TEV Today’s English Version
RSV Revised Standard Version
GNB Good News Bible
WNT Weymouth New Testament