But What if I Don’t Prefer Christ

But What if I Don’t Prefer Christ

In my last post I wrote about the fact that our preference for the Lord’s presence here on earth provides a simple snapshot of our desire to be in His presence in heaven. And that our preference for the presence of Christ is a receiving of the Father’s Gift, one that comes with Reward and blessing. This is great news, but what happens if I realize that I don’t prefer Christ and His presence in my life? Am I just out of luck? What if I love the world more than Christ’s Life and presence?

I Don’t Prefer Christ

I Don't Prefer Christ
This is a great question and one that many ask. Many of us find ourselves in the predicament that our hunger for the Lord has waned – or was never really there at all. I am going to address the waning affection, because I think that the issue of no real affection for Christ is solved with a true salvation.

When our loves are revealed, we see just how far we have strayed off the mark. The good news is this is resolvable! Though it might be a current crisis, it is not irredeemable. And that’s because the Father doesn’t expect any of my efforts to produce a holy display of godliness and passion. God doesn’t expect that I will muster up a deep zeal or love for Him. All I must do is turn to Him, confess my sin, and repent for my heart’s position. From there the Lord will work a miracle according to my choice for Him. Once I have set my intentions, the Lord will bring about my decrease and His increase.

My Desire for Christ

My Desire for Christ
It is amazing that the Father looks for His own desires He has placed within us. Flesh will never yearn for the spiritual; it wallows in the world. And worldliness is all that flesh can ever produce. Even “good” flesh is focused on the world. Our fleshly best just ain’t good enough.

So if I find myself lacking hunger and thirst for Jesus and His presence, my resolve is to seek this passion from the Source. I can simply confess my lack of interest to the Lord, and then He will rectify the issue. It will be in His timing and by His Way, but it will be resolved. God will make my desert-rocks-life pour forth with His own spiritual Life waters.

So don’t fret if your eyes are dry and your faith is old, or your heart is hard and your prayers are cold. As Keith Green sings, the Spirit of Love will wash you anew in the wine of His blood. All He needs is an ignited heart calling on Him in our trouble. It is ours to confess and God’s to resolve.

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
Psalm 84:10 NLT

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    • tammy

      “God doesn’t expect that I will muster up a deep zeal or love for Him. All I must do is turn to Him, confess my sin, and repent for my heart’s position. From there the Lord will work a miracle according to my choice for Him. Once I have set my intentions, the Lord will bring about my decrease and His increase.”.

      These are words that encourage accepting and walking in Salvation. These are words that remind those who have been walking with Him for years (if we ever knew to begin with) that it’s not our “job” to “do” it ourselves. Words of hope when we have failed because we thought we had to “be” perfect as He is perfect. Words new believers need to hear. Words non-believers need to be told. How many more would accept His gift of salvation if they understood it wasn’t dependent on their performance…only their intentions and desire to belong to Him.

      Inspired words from one who He’s led to faithfully listen.

      “So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth;
      It shall not return to Me void,
      But it shall accept mo,ish what I please,
      And it shall prosper in the things for
      which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 NKJV

      I pray to become one who not only listens with more intention but who trusts The One I hear.

      Love you John
      ❤️

      • I think it sets people free while being almost unbelievable! His sufficiency is beyond all that we can ask and think. Thank you for sharing this! Always a joy to hear from you and how the message impact you. Love you Tammy!

    • Molly

      Thank you so much, John.

    • Rebecca Martinez

      I can personally testify to the truth of this post. Such a loving Father we have!

      • Amen and amen! It is an amazing truth and to have it lived out is beyond precious. Love you Rebecca!

    • Judie Waters

      Thanks so much for this, John. I often find myself striving until I remember that He does it all and I rest.

      • So true! I am in the same camp. But He has proven over and over that His Life is best and perfect rest. My striving hasn’t accomplished anything but exhausting me. Bless you Judie!

    • Celia

      ” God will make my desert-rocks-life pour forth with His own spiritual Life waters.” Love that sentence and truth! What peace. He is so good!!

      • That statement is amazing! I heard it rather than just writing it. Glad you can rejoice in the reality too. Love you Celia!

    • Seth R

      “In His time and in His way but it will resolved.”
      I testify to this truth. Lord, I need your love to love you with. An honest appeal. He wants to pour His love on us daily. Keep coming to me is what I hear Him saying and I am seeing Him resolve the issue in ways I couldn’t think to ask or imagine. He is sweeter and sweeter as He continues to be faithful in all seasons, struggles and circumstances. What a loving Father.

      • This is so true Seth. I am excited we live in this reality of life. Blessings and love to you!

    • Christ is our Lord, our savior and our almighty.

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