by Pastor Tim Burt
How many times have you been in your car thinking your were on the way to your destination when suddenly, you discover you are headed in a wrong direction. You get that sinking feeling of being lost and having wasted precious time.
The question, Is my life headed in the right direction, is a question and secret fear a great many people have. People hope they have the right God, the right philosophy, the right spouse, the right job and on and on. People are glad that GPS was invented but wish they had a Life GPS System!
As a Pastor heavily involved in church and on social media, I have people tell me almost daily that their present life is off track. They tell me because they are looking for help getting their life back on track with God. Many are actually able to identify where their life began to get off track and then I hear them regretfully mutter words like, If only I had paid attention to what I knew deep down in my heart.
On that note, I want to show you one of the most sobering prophetic truths that Jesus left for us concerning the last days. But, before I show it to you, imagine yourself as a parent giving warning to your child about something. Your motive is love, not condemnation. You love them and you want them to avoid hurtful things. This usually becomes almost every parent’s plight at some point. This was the heart and Spirit with which Jesus spoke these words. Jesus said, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold…” Matthew 24:12 (NIV) Jesus revealed that because of the ever-increasing level of evil, sin, wickedness, and corruption in this earth—especially in the last days, that it was going to invade our individual lives and cause our love for Him, for life, and for mankind “to grow cold.” Jesus is love and He is your only source of understanding and experiencing real love. Only Jesus, the author and creator of love can show us what love is and how to love others. When your love for Him grows cold, then your ability to know & give love to others has grown cold.
Jesus warned us that the ever-increasing and accelerating wickedness would work to influence your life and send you in the wrong direction—off His path for your life. Jesus said “because of this wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” This world has really changed and not for the better. Can you see the truth of His prophetic words in the world around you today? The evidence of this being true is this: Christians have become tolerant toward sin in their own life. What was once considered vile is now acceptable and the new norm. Is that okay? No! Must you change it? Yes!
So how do I turn this devotion your reading right now, toward some point of edification and encouragement? Here’s how. Think for a moment about how you feel when you find out you are driving in the wrong direction. Think about how good it feels when you stop and ask for directions. Getting back on track and headed toward your destination feels so great! It makes you want to be more cautious next time. Getting back on track is a decision that can be made in a moment’s time. You stop. You talk with the Lord. You be honest about what is going on in your life and the path that your on. You ask Him to reveal things in your life that you’ve given yourself over to that you know aren’t pleasing to God. Things such as profanity, sexual immorality, the worship of celebrities more than your love for God . Or polluting your body—the temple of the Holy Spirit with alcohol or drugs or horrible foods resulting in obesity and your uncomfortable self-image. Or the routine habit of looking at sexually inappropriate materials leading to masturbation and pornography. And this all leading to the abandonment of reading your Bible and going to church, and the letting go of Christian friends. Things you’ve gotten used to that have wickedness in them or help make room for wickedness. Things that have caused you to wonder if your heart is cold and hard toward God?
Don’t allow yourself to become callous! Don’t cave in and give up! Don’t allow yourself to become apathetic! Jesus’ warning was given out of love to open your eyes. And He wouldn’t have given it if you couldn’t change from it! Jesus said, these things will steal your ability to love the way He loves! Examine your heart and as you do, ask the Lord to forgive you and help you back on track. Ask Him to direct your steps and give you the strength to stay on track. Then do it! You have the power of the Holy Spirit within you to help you do it!
I challenge you today. Pull out your Bible. Pray before your read and ask God to direct your heart through the verses you meditate on. Pray about what needs changing in your life. Because of your sincere love for God, the Holy Spirit will strengthen you and help you see the changes needed and the path to His will for your life. If you’ve drifted from church, begin searching for one until you find a church that teaches you the Bible and helps you grow in the Lord. Call a Christian who loves the Lord and who you know will pray with you. Do whatever you know you should do to get on track. Don’t grow cold! Fall passionately in love with Jesus again! And in a very short amount of time, you’ll feel that relief and thankfulness that you are back on the right track of life and with God!
Hebrews 3:12 (Message Bible) “So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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