GOD NEEDS TO TOUCH OUR HEARTS
God needs to touch our hearts so that Jesus Christ is once again our First Love, and place into us Jesus' love and devotion and passion for God (see I Timothy 1:12-14). Only God can touch our hearts so that our main desire is to please Him (see John 5:30, 2 Corinthians 5:9,14), and to seek to know Him and want close fellowship and oneness with Him more than anything else:
"God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God." - Psalm 53:2
"Yet you have not called upon me... you have not wearied yourselves for me." - Isaiah 43:22
"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you. You have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins."
"I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance... Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen ! Repent and do the things you did at first."
- Revelation 2:2-5
"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other ! ... Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. - Revelation 3:15
"I will give them a heart to know me." - Jeremiah 24:7
" O Lord, God of our fathers, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements, and decrees..."
- I Chronicles 29:18-19
"For it is God who works in you to will and act according to His good purpose." - Phil. 2:13
"Create in me a pure heart, and renew a steadfast spirit in me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me."
- Psalm 51:10-12
"Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes from worthless things (idols); Preserve my life according to your word." - Psalm 119:36-37
"Give me an undivided heart." - Psalm 86:11
"Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity." - Joel 2:12-13
"Judgment in this life may be remedial, and bring you back to a right relationship with God, or final, displaying His wrath against your sin and leaving no opportunity for repentance. God can use natural disasters, human conflict and disease to bring judgment. God's discipline seeks to lead you to cry for help, repent, and experience revival."
"Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold" (Matt. 24:12)-- This waning of love refers to the dying out of the fire of a holy passion for the Lord Himself and for those for whom He gave His life, the loss of holy enthusiasm in His service and devotion. It refers not to that fleshly enthusiasm in His service and devotion that shouts and rejoices when the crowd is coming, or works zealously when the brass band is playing and the grandstand is filled with admirers. No! No! It is that enthusiasm that works with a quiet, untiring, unassuming earnestness and steadiness when it must plod on alone unheard and unnoticed except by the Lord-that enthusiasm that is born not of outward encouragement, nor the applause of men, nor by what men call success, nor by the unholy desire for praise, but that which is born of an inward urge implanted by the Holy Ghost, the overflow of the passion of Christ. The waning of this love, said Jesus, will be one of the earmarks of the end-times. - E. S. Gerig
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