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Devotion: I was thinking about this scripture passage. : I deal in hope

I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion: I was thinking about this scripture passage.

Revelation 2: 4-5 GW However, I have this against you: The love you had at first is gone. Remember how far you have fallen. Return to me and change the way you think and act, and do what you did at first. I will come to you and take your lampstand from its place if you don’t change.

God wrote to seven churches in the book of Revelation. Each had positives and negatives in their faith walks, but this church’s problem really hits home. When Jesus saves us we’re grateful and excited to share. But time passes. We get busy and let our close relationship with Jesus become “religious” duty. We haven’t cultivated our relationship and our hearts grow cold and dead. We start living tradition or religion instead of a close, dynamic relationship with Jesus–a relationship that lifts up and changes our lives.

A dead faith does not make for hope or joy or life. This passage makes clear, Jesus desires a close relationship. He desires to bless. But that takes remembering Him, allowing Him access to every area of our lives including our minds, hearts…and schedule. Do I daily walk and talk with my Savior? Do I listen when He speaks?

Do I daily read His Word and let it change me?

By Carolyn R Scheidies

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