Summary: Do you love the Lord as you first did when you were saved? Have you lost some of the joy of your salvation? This message will help you to remember where you have fallen from and show you how to keep that first love burning bright.
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A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
Thou Hast Left Thy First Love
By-Evangelist Gary Huckaby
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
My Sermon Title Text comes from the book of Revelation 2:4;
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Pastor, I am having problems in my Christian life. I have been saved for years, yet, somehow I don’t feel like I did when I was first saved. I find myself relying on what other people tell me and not what the Word of God tells me. What has happened to me?
Preacher, So much has happened to me since I was first saved. I have been married three times. I have quit going to Church services. I don’t even read the Bible like I did when I was first saved. What has happened to me?
Brother Gary, said another, "I once knew I was in the perfect will of God. But now, I’m not so sure. So much has happened to me in the past few years. I know I’m not all that I should be, but just how do I get back to that place and know it like I did when I first was saved, when I was first in love with Jesus Christ?
Listen my friends to what God says in His Word; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Again in Philippians 1:6; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Never give up, never let your emotional feelings be your spiritual thermometer, always keep on going with what you know is right, The Word of God. Prayer, and answers to those prayers, soul winning, witnessing the Gospel to others, giving, and living your life in the will of God.
(1) Faith Not Feelings Should Keep Us In Our First Love
The Bible tells us that we are saved by Grace through faith, Ephesians 2:8. I do not find anywhere in Scripture that feelings are a part of salvation. Now that is not to say that one will not have the sensation of feelings when they come to Christ for salvation, but that feelings are not the confirmation that one is saved.
Man is created as a three fold being. We are body, soul, and spirit. When a person is in the right spiritual condition it is when the spirit is first in control, then the soul, and last the body. If this order is not followed then we find ourselves being led in the wrong way. When the body is allowed to be the leader, the whole person is out of the order that God intended for a person to be. If the soul is allowed to be the leader of a person, then the emotions will be their guide. It is the spirit that must be the leader for a person to be able to be Spirit filled, and to live the godly life that God wants us to live.
Feelings are connected with the body and soul, and has nothing to do with the spirit. This is why feelings are not a confirmation of our salvation. It is through faith in the Word of God, faith in Jesus Christ and by His Grace that we are saved. If feelings were connected with our salvation, we would not feel saved much of the time. Faith not feelings will keep us in our first love for Jesus Christ.
(2) Faithfulness Keeps Us In Our First Love
The second thing that will keep us in our first love is faithfulness. Faithfulness to the Word of God. Reading the Word daily will build our faith for the Bible says in Romans 10:17; So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faithfulness in prayer. The apostle Paul tells us to "Pray without ceasing." "Pray always in everything." The faithful prayer life will keep us in our first love.
Faithfulness in attending church services. The Bible says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25. Regular attendance to church services will keep one in their first love for Christ. It also helps others to be exhorted to serve Him.
Faithfulness in witnessing to the lost for Christ will also keep us in our first love. I have learned that when all seems wrong within us spiritually, when we do not know we are in God’s perfect will, when the joy of salvation has left us, that witnessing will often return that joy. Be faithful in your witness for Christ, and you will stay in your first love for Him.