OUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE FATHER
It is exciting when we learn a new or deeper truth. It is exciting seeing it manifested in our lives. However, we would be mistaken if we think that we will always be faithful in that truth no matter what situation we find ourselves. In other words each day we need to die to ourselves and put on the new man lest we find ourselves walking out the symptoms of rejection or rebellion.
If you are married you or your spouse might say that a lot of the romance in the marriage has waned over the years or might even be gone completely. There might be some sense of taking one another for granted that when you wake up in the morning you will be there for one another. You might have a disagreement and walk around the house "on egg shells" ignoring one another for a day or a week or longer. There might be a makeup and forgiveness time and your love is rekindled for a season. But before long the danger comes back in. That danger is called "the familiar." The familiar is a place of going back to doing what is easy and comfortable, usually setting the priorities of the day to satisfy your own desires and needs.
One of the greatest dangers for the believer is the place of "the familiar." You hear a truth and get excited and revived in your heart. You make promises to God and maybe to other about your walk with the Lord that seem at the time easy to fulfill. But in a matter of days or weeks the fire starts going out and you are right back in the daily place of doing what is easy and the habit of life that is comfortable. And there you stay until the next "revived time" where your heart is stirred to passion again. But even then, the place of the familiar awaits for your return.
We need to renew our place of passion every morning as we arise. We need to seek the face of our Father in prayer and Word daily as we die to ourselves and break the place of the familiar. It is learning to stay in a position of worship, praise and a revived heart. One of the truths that we need to renew daily to assist this staying in a position of a revived heart is learning to walk in the fear of God. The opposite of this would be walking outside of the love of God and walking in the fear of man. Fear in itself is a tormenting spirit. Walking in the love of God casts out the fear of man and the fear of rejection and stirs up the passion to stay in an ongoing deep fellowship with our Creator.
1 John 4:18 ESV There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
I will let the rest of the Scriptures speak for themselves without any commentary from me.
Isaiah 50:10 ESV Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.
Isaiah 66:1-2 ESV Thus says the LORD: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? (2) All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..