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Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 18
 

 "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and
pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land" 2 Chron
7:14

Day 18 - Loss of Our First Love?

"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first
love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the
first works..." (Rev 2:3)

Anything that competes with our love for Jesus can become a substitute
for our affections and worship. In His letter to the Church at Ephesus
in Rev. 2, Jesus wasn't rebuking them for simply diminished passion.
He told them if they didn't return to their "first works" (intimacy,
prayer), He would remove their "lampstand" or place of influence.
Most believers spend more time watching television in one day than in
all spiritual pursuits combined for an entire week!

The Church is in danger of continuing to give token devotion to God on
Sundays, while assimilating to our culture's idolatry during the week.
Where are we spending our time, our money and our affections?

Prayer Points:

Jesus, forgive me for pursuing other "lovers" and neglecting my
relationship with You. Burn in me a renewed first love for You!
Forgive me for not spending time with You and indulging myself with
the spirit of the world.

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These devotionals are written by Rhonda Hughey. Here is a quote from
her book "Desperate for His Presence", published by Bethany House
Publishers:

"The pursuit of God's Presence is not a means to an end. It is the
end! What we are talking about is not a formula for how to be more
effective in ministry. It is the core of our existence and the purpose
of our life. We exist to know Him, to worship Him, and to reflect His
beauty to the world around us!
God is waiting and longing for us to experience an awareness of His
Presence. Knowing His Presence in theory but not in experience is not
biblical faith. It is religion only. We have the privilege as
believers to know and experience the tangible Presence of God.
In "The Pursuit of God", A.W.Tozer makes a contrast between being in
the Presence of God positionally and experiencing His Presence
actually. He goes on to say that, as a result of settling for the
positional Presence of God only, contentment takes the place of
burning hearts and fervent zeal for the Lord. 'The church then settles
for only an intellectual knowledge of God and remains unconcerned
about the absence of personal experience' "


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