Thursday, 22 September 2016

Enhance Your Relationship With God!

One way to overcome spiritual dryness is by enhancing our relationship with God. And our relationship with Him is basically that of love, we are called into a love relationship. Jesus made us understand in Matthew 22:37-39 that loving God is the greatest commandment of all, and next to it is love for your neighbour. He also said that on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. That means, love is the foundation for all that we do in the Kingdom of God.

You know, when Jesus sent to the seven churches in the book of Revelations, one of the things He had against the church of Laodicea was their lukewarm-ness. He said, "...Thou art neither cold nor hot...So then because thou art lukewarm...I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Rev 3:15-16). Lukewarm-ness and compromise are the reasons so many believers have been over taken by evil today; their love for God has gone cold. Apostle Paul praying for the church in Thessalonica said, "And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God..." (2 Thess. 3:5). You need to pray that prayer for yourself: "Lord, direct my heart to love you! Make me hot in my love for you!"

Also in Revelations 2:4-5 Jesus said to the church in Ephesus, "...Thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent..." So, when we talk about fighting spiritual dryness, we are not talking about struggling with sin, it's all about generating hot love for God in your heart. Repent and return to your first love! When you are filled with the love of God, it becomes natural for you to hate sin because love for God produces godly fear, which is also respect for God. Let your soul keep longing for God on a daily basis, when you are confronted or tempted with evil, let the love of God in your heart prevail.

Loving God also means loving your neghbour. 1 John 4:20 says, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" In my view, anybody who can't relate well with humans that he can see, can't relate well with God. Love your neighbour as yourself! You can't love your neigbhour and plan evil against him or go about castigating and pulling him down!

Apart from his love for God, I believe that Joseph also loved Potiphar his mater. He said to the wife who was trying to lure him into immorality, "...My master has committed all that he has into my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither has he kept back any thing from me but you, because you are his wife..." (Gen 39:8-9). Joseph considered the fact that Potiphar trusted him enough to leave all his possessions and wealth in his hands and for that reason he preferred to go to prison than to lie down with his wife. The way you relate with people is a reflection of the way you relate with God. If you truly love God, it will show in your relationship with men. May God's love fill your heart today.

Meditate on these: Matt. 24:12-13, Psalm 18:1

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