Second Wind

The Christian stroll is a progressive journey. It isn’t coming to some extent of arriving at Religious maturity, however a steady striving to realize one objective after one other till we stand earlier than the Lord and listen to Him say, “Properly executed, good and trustworthy servant.” There isn’t a place for complacency in a Believer. The Believer’s life is a rising expertise. He regularly gauges his progress by asking easy questions: “Do I really like God greater than I did every week in the past?” “Am I spending extra time within the Phrase than I did final week?” “Am I doing extra for the Kingdom of God than I did two weeks in the past?” If the solutions to those questions are unfavorable, he’ll disappear into the walled church, turning into a spectator as an alternative of a participant. He hopes that displaying up for Sunday morning providers will assist to sooth his troubled conscience. When this occurs, the Believer has turn out to be);

Periodically there’s a get up name, often set off by seeing different Christians dwelling a victorious life. To assist the lukewarm Christian regain his religious stability, some church buildings schedule Revivals. It’s an invite to stoke up these embers and as soon as once more be on hearth for the Lord. If the intention of the inactive Believers is constructive and crammed with hope, they’ll rededicate their lives and depart the assembly absolutely charged and able to decide up the place they left off. For the subsequent few weeks or months, their zeal brings again reminiscences of their first encounter with the Lord. Sadly, the issues that triggered the Believers to fall away earlier than are slowly reintroduced to them. Their renewed love begins to wane. Bible studying loses its precedence. The appliance of the Phrase leaves their consciousness. As soon as once more, they’re again the place they have been earlier than the Revival.

There are some Believers who, once they determined to revive their religious lives, hunt down a brand new surroundings. As an alternative of continuous their bodily dedication to a sure physique of believers, they determine to attempt one thing totally different. The in search of Believer is often drawn to emotional gatherings. They need a “feeling” religion. The louder the music, the extra probably the Lord will take heed to their “need” record! I’ve nothing towards the music decibels so long as there’s substance behind it. I’ve nothing towards extremely emotional providers so long as it influences how I act the remainder of the week. I’ve nothing towards “experiencing” the presence of the Lord, so long as I do know that He’ll nonetheless be there once I do not feel Him. I’ve nothing towards being overcome by the facility of the Holy Spirit, so long as I do know I can overcome any impediment);

Returning Believers are additionally weak to misleading educating and false doctrines. As an alternative of returning to the fundamentals of their religion, they open themselves to “new revelations” that cater to their flesh as an alternative of their spirit. Simply because somebody misplaced their zeal for the Lord whereas of their foundational church, doesn’t imply they can’t surpass their earlier religious progress in that “household” church. It takes self-discipline and dedication to realize our function in life. As an alternative of blaming others for misplaced progress, look within the mirror and settle for duty. Rededicate your self to the Lord. Open His Phrase day by day and let the Holy Spirit information you into Fact. Step out into the worldly surroundings and exhibit what you’ve gotten discovered. It’s by no means too late to re-enter the race for the Kingdom!