I want to take you on a journey with me to Israel. I have to admit the history was fascinating, I could not imagine I was in some of the places Jesus walked, performed miracles, taught with authority, wept over Jerusalem, the place where he was arrested, imprisoned for the night, beaten, crucified, buried, and resurrected. WOW!
I cannot begin to tell you how this trip had opened my eyes to a deeper yearning for the spirit of God. I was able to sit back and just watch God show me things through the scripture. They were jumping right off the pages piercing my heart as I read every word. While observing my heart I did not like what I saw. I saw how much I had missed the mark. I saw how far I have drifted from just sitting at his feet worshipping him for who He is, I have been complacent and comfortable in my walk with the Lord. I have allowed business and works to interfere with my first love. I was like the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2: 1-7 ?I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for my name?s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of it?s place-unless you repent!? I know you probably think Ray your being to hard on yourself. NO! I am just being honest; it is the beginning of healing for my soul, and restoration to a lost relationship. Jesus is no respecter of man; our sins will find us out. And by no means is it the fault of the Church, we have some of the most incredible leaders at BCC; they have set it up to where we as your pastors get poured into 2 times a week, and take enough time off for our families. I am blessed to have leaders who know what is important and healthy for us. This is a matter of the heart, our own personal hearts. We have to always take a look at what is in the inside and make adjustments when necessary. I hope and pray that you will be opened to evaluate your heart this morning as God has sent a saint to hear from Him to deliver a message to His people. As it says in Revelation 2:7 ?He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the church.? Let us pray.