Recipe for Recovery

It is very easy to become lethargic, lackadaisical and lukewarm. We are prone to lose focus on what really counts. Distractions, duties, cares, fun, family, illnesses and other things all grab our attention as eternal matters fade into the background of our lives. Certain things are absolutely essential for rekindling the fire of exciting Christianity. We must be faithful in the Word of God, above all. Prayer is a must, as is Christian fellowship. Sharing our faith is a major factor. There are other very good helps. With all of this, there is another indispensable factor needed to recover from spiritual anemia. It is something that an unsaved person,, or one who has had only a psychological or intellectual conversion experience, lacks. It is a deep love for God, a love that motivates, a love that generates a response to the One we love. If we are to escape from mediocrity, we must determine, and periodically renew our determination, to pay any price, make any effort, give whatever amount of time that's needed, willingly sacrifice (sometimes even legitimate pleasures) what we want to do to become all that He wants us to be. When our love for Him creates gratitude and praise for Who He is, what He has done for us and what He means to us, we will settle for nothing less then a disciplined dedication to pleasing, honoring and obeying Him. When this is our relentless determination, we will be well on the road to recovery. The excitement that is part and parcel of genuine Christianity will eclipse all other interests. Nothing compares with a personal relationship with God, through the Lord Jesus Christ, as we walk with Him all the days of our lives in intimate fellowship. Selah! And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). How amazing is His grace!      Ron

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