Those of us who are “believers”, who have accepted Christ as their Lord, know where we are in our relationship with God. We are cold, warm, or hot.
- Cold – Distant from the Lord, His Presence is far away, you have no desire to interact with the Bible, or spend time with your relationship with God.
- Warm – Definitely not cold, but not quiet where you need to be. You are (at times) pushed to read the Word, and prayer almost daily. You know God is there, and feel the warmth in your heart at times, but you remember times when everything was different and at times such as these, you are not quite sure how to get there, if even possible.
- Hot – Everyday you feel His Presence, not a weird thing, but a comforting thing. He is the first thing you think of when you wake, and you wouldn’t consider beginning your day without some time set aside for Him. You desire to read the Word, and never want to climb down from the mountain.
None of the three items above pay attention to sin. Sin separates us from God and His Presence, but has nothing to do with God’s acceptance of us. He loves us because of who we are, not because of what we do. There is a caveat though, unrepentant sin will remove God’s Presence. He cannot avoid sin and is a just God. Because He looks at the heart of man (1 Samuel 16:7), if you are knowingly sinning and not wanting to turn from it (repentant), get ready for some distance between you and God.
When you are ready to dig deeper in your relationship with God, you’ll go there.
God has a way to orchestrate events in our life that are stepping stones to get us to where we need to be .. dependent on Him. Until you traverse the stepping stones, you are not ready. Kinda stinks – especially if you once knew an intimate relationship with God and felt the peace and internal joy He provides. After that, you know the emptiness the world offers in comparison to intimacy with God.
God will lead people into your life that can push you down the path. Things do not happen by chance, good and bad. We are living under the guiding hand of God. He has a plan for each one of us (Jeremiah 29:11). That plan is for good.
Keep pushing forward, seeking more intimacy with your Creator. He never leaves you unsatisfied, yet always provides abundantly more than what you expect. He truly is my magnificent obsession.