- Religion and Philosophy
Keeping Your Zeal for Christ
Do We Take Our Salvation for Granted?
Do you remember when you first met the Lord, when you first realized that you loved him- and that He loved you? Do you remember the excitement?
As we grow older, church becomes habit, prayers perfunctory, and we seem to fizzle in our zeal for the Lord.
We become overwhelmed with parenting, work, and busy-ness. When this happens, it is easy to fall away.
As Christians, are we guilty of taking our Salvation for granted?
We believe that Christ died for our sins, but sometimes treat each other with cruelty. What if when we stand before the Lord in judgment, it would be all the “little” things that we did that actually mattered? For example, the kindness you show to a lowly bug, or the smile given to a stranger? The tone of voice used, the gentleness bestowed, instead of anger?
When my life is measured, how much mercy, grace, and love did I share?
Will that part of my life weigh more than my pride and self-centeredness?
How embarrassed will I be when the Mighty one shows my life to me?
Lord, help me to love- and help me to care,
be gentle yet strong to answer Your call.
Help me, Oh Lord, when I stumble and fall.
So, when that day that you call me home,
I can boldly approach your gracious throne.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Recapturing Your Zeal
Analyze yourself. What happened to you? When did you go "stale"? Look at your life. What can you change? Is time management an issue for you? Is there someone in your life that is driving a wedge between you and your relationship with God?
What is the first step that you could take to recapture your zeal?
Mine would be to schedule a quiet time every morning and evening for devotional reading and meditation on God's word.
The next thing that I would do would be to write a scripture down on a card, and keep it for referencing throughout the day. I also have a prayer cloth anointed with oil that I keep in my car!
While at work, get up and take a short prayer walk at least twice a day. Get away from the chatter, and find a moment where you can be at peace. Ask the Lord to fill you with His presence.
I also have prayer partners. I will call upon them to pray for me and with me. Praying with a friend can make such a difference in your life.
I listen to praise and worship music to lift my spirit. I will sing in the car or in my office. I am alone in my office! Singing praises to the Lord does relieve my burdens. Remember, God inhabits the praise of His people!
However, I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first.
International Standard Version
This verse warns us that we should not lose that zeal that we had when we first met the Lord.
How can we get it back?
* Repent of losing your zeal.
*Set aside time everyday to read your Bible and pray.
*Listen to praise and worship music.
*Keep a journal of blessings and answered prayers.
*Meditate on scriptures throughout the day.
Rejoice in The Lord Always!
Reading praise Psalms is a wonderful way to recapture your "first love" for the Lord.
Psalm 8 is a "Praise of Magnificence".
It begins with " Lord, our Lord, How majestic is your name in all the earth!"
When I begin reading that, I feel an awe well up within me!
It continues, " You have set your glory in the heavens."
Look at the Milky Way Galaxy! Look at the stars! Look at beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Can you not see the majesty of our Lord in the Heavenlies?
This part, I don't exactly understand, but I believe it to be true, " Through the praise of children and infants, you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger."
I want to encourage you to read this Psalm for yourself. Journal about what touches your heart.
List Of My Favorite Psalms
Maybe This is What Psalm 8:2 is About!
Get Out of Your Box and Praise the Lord!
*Go into a field and pray and sing!
*Sit on a porch swing, close your eyes, and ask God to let you feel His presence!
*Get a blanket, some snacks, and your Bible ( no electronics allowed) and spend one hour privately with the Lord one day a week.
*Take a walk amongst wildflowers and ponder the majesty of the Lord.
* Tell yourself daily that God loves you, and He has a wonderful plan for your life!
* God made you, and Jesus died for you- so you are valuable!
Who Am I?
I am Laura Tallo, and I am a wife, mother, photographer, artist, and a Director of Special Education at a local school. Most importantly, I am a daughter of The Most High God. I gave my heart to Him as a child, and I dedicated myself to His service as a teenager.
I am a very busy lady who experiences the same trials and tribulations as others. Being a Christian doesn't mean that my life is sprinkled with magic fairy dust, and that I have it easier than others. I was flooded in The Great Flood of 2016. I lost two cars, both homes that I own ( one is an inherited family homestead that I allowed an uncle to live in) flooded. That house in the country is still uninhabitable.
To make matters worse, my brother died several months after the flood. He and I were 10 1/2 months apart, so we felt like twins. We were very close.
Due to the flood, my photography business took a dive. My clientele flooded too!
So, it has been rough! How do I deal with this? I spend extra time with the Lord. I go to church more than I did before. I attend Sunday School. I will have YouTube "Praise Fests" where I set aside an hour and listen to just praise and worship. Lauren Daigle is one of my favorite artists.
I get on my knees by my bed, and I pray every night. I love praying like that. Before my mother died in 2010, she shared with me that she prayed like that too. I guess that I am a lot like her.
The bottom line is that I trust the Lord no matter how rough it gets, and I hope that my testimony helps you to rekindle your zeal for our Lord.
Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler is a wonderful prayer tool. I highly recommend it for enhancing your prayer life.
Sandi Patti Singing How Majestic is Your Name
© 2017 Laura Tallo