Hearts That Turn Cold and the God Who Revives

| Wed, Mar 2, 2011 | Set 1 Week 9

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Earlier we saw that John commands us not to love the world or the things of the world because if we do it means the love of the Father is not in us. We don’t want to love the things of this world, rather we run to Jesus as our all-satisfying treasure.

Love Can Grow Cold

But what if your love for God has grown cold?

Verse 15 explains that lack of love for God is because love for the world has taken over the heart. Love for God begins to get choked out. Remember, the love of the Father and the love of the world cannot coexist.

Verse 16 describes this “world” we are not to love. It is characterized by the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life. In the first two of these characteristics, there is the common thirst for pleasure in something other than in God. They contain an expression of our neediness, but seek fulfillment in the world, not in God. Both of the lusts are drives to seek fulfillment in what you do not have. The third description of boastful pride is the opposite, but just as sinful. It is a pride in the things you do have. The world in all its cravings still boasts in its possessions.

What Do We Do About It?

So if you feel no love for God, you may well have a counterfeit form of godliness—a shell of the reality but no power of God. What do you do? Seek Jesus through his Word and his Spirit. Pray for new affections. What if you have some sense of assurance but your love for God has grown rock hard and icy cold? Dissatisfaction of your cold love is often a motivation to seek God for personal revival and renewal. Run to Jesus. The Spirit of God gives not only spiritual birth but also spiritual awakening. The Word of God not only brings about your first love of faith, but also the revival of your faith’s first love.

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3 Responses to “Hearts That Turn Cold and the God Who Revives”

  1. Carol Starling Says:

    I have asked God to restore me, and for him to place his will and desire in my heart. I have no joy, and My praise well it seems like I am only going with the emotions, and I can’t feel God. I don’t feel a since of belonging. I pray for God to help me, but I fail him every day. How is that loving God. I don’t want life without hope in God, but it seems like I have now trust or faith. I am numb when I pray, it is like my mind is blank, and i am not focused. I feel very lost.

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    • Beth Stranz Says:

      You can download a free PDF resource here that may be of help to you, Carol.

      http://www.desiringgod.org/books/when-i-dont-desire-god

      God is able to shine light in the darkness.

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    • Samantha Romano Says:

      Hi Carol!

      Faith is not a feeling. It is not centered in your emotions because emotions can shift so suddenly. Emotions are unstable and deceitful. Faith is about what you really believe. And the Word of God says if we believe in Jesus, He gives us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us. The Bible says you don’t have to go far to experience the presence of Jesus, It is already inside you. He is residing in your body through the Holy Spirit. Jesus is living His life in you. You are His temple. 🙂

      God bless!

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