For those desiring a greater intimacy with God we must determine to set our affections on things above. Affections is a state of mind or body that is often associated with a feeling of love. God wants to feel our love. The church in Ephesus did not grow weary, they persevered and endured many things for the Lord. But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love. It is similar to marital intimacy, when the spouse provides financially, takes care of the house by cutting the grass and fixing the appliances, but fails to send time with his wife. God wants our time. God wants our worship.
God wants you thinking about him often and making your rising and closing about Him. Remember, God is a jealous God. He wants your entire heart. God is also above and not below. So when our affections are set on things above, God responds with elevating our rank in Him.
The reason few find eternal life is because there are so many distractions and God is invisible. It would be easier to follow a God you can see, but since following God requires faith, we must choose to follow God and make our heart love Him. Listen to Paul. He says, “I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:27).
Being a Christian is no easy work. Similar to having a successful and rich marriage. It requires submission. There are times in your marriage you when would rather choose another way, but if you are going to enjoy all of the richness that may be found in marriage you will have to choose to never defraud the other of sexual pleasure, even when you feel another emotion.
So, if you are low in God and your prayers appear flat or heaven appears to be closed. Check your level of affection and its object. Are your affections on the Lord? Do you need to repent? If so, repent. Set your affections on things above and not on things on the earth.
It has come to my attention that men should fear aliens, meteors, global warming, demons, fallen angels, and stock market crashes, but no one is saying anything about fearing God. Why? Did God not say, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
Do not mix the movie preachers with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Fearing God is the beginning of wisdom and the beginning of knowledge. Fearing God is the most healthy thing an inhabitant of God’s earth can do.
When is the last time you seen a movie where God killed people? Should I fear Thanos from Avengers, when He requires stones that God created? Should I fear, the white man’s nuclear weapons, when God can stand on the Sun or eat it like a tic-tac, if He chose to do so. The earth is the Lord’s footstool. Be wise, servants of the most high and remember that fearing God is the best position.
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