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In Touch - October 21, 2005

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In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Friday October 21, 2005

Falling in Love With Jesus

Psalms 63

 

When we fall in love, we want to spend time with the object of our affection and willingly give our attention to the relationship. Falling in love with Jesus should be no different, but believers often hasten through Bible reading and prayer. The result is a superficial faith kept alive by habit rather than worship. To attain lasting intimacy, we must approach God with a sense of purpose and determination.

 

Purpose ”Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God,” King David advised the leaders of Israel. (1 Chronicles 22:19) Believers must choose whether to pursue God or chase after idols. If we desire intimacy with Him, it is necessary for us to approach the spiritual disciplines purposefully. Before opening Scripture, ask the Lord what He wants to say to you. Pray to understand His ways — He loves answering that plea. And enter church with the intention of taking home a new truth from the Lord.

 

Determination — “Indeed, my spirit within me seeks you diligently,” Isaiah told Yahweh. (Isaiah 26:9) But even when we do not feel like putting time into our relationship with Christ, we must determine to do so. A revelation from God will not come every day, but a believer need not despair. Those who diligently seek the Savior experience His presence frequently in their worship. Getting to know Jesus brings pure joy into a believer’s life. However, we must be willing to offer Him prime time, not our leftover minutes. God gives us His best; we should put forth no less in return.

 

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