Now that springtime is approaching, I am receiving invitations to sign up with various termite control companies. In Cobb County, Ga., people don't think "if" you get termites, but "when." That just scares me. Apparently, those bugs are prevalent here, and our house has cedar siding.
Termites destroy more structures each year than fires do. While fires make headlines, termites silently eat away the fibers of our homes without anyone noticing. These voracious insects slowly but surely cause damage that can be costly. They are comparable to sin within our hearts. Both are hidden from the surface and have an accrued effect that weakens our foundation and puts us in danger. Their harmful productivity requires restoration.
Today, sin is flaunted and celebrated without any fear of God. The Bible reveals that in the last days, people will be lovers of themselves, of money and pleasure, and lack godliness and self-control (2 Timothy 3:2-4). Our nation has slipped into a secular era, characterized by self-love, immorality and deception. While most people believe that God exists, they lack a relationship with Him. They cannot sense His presence or perceive His activity in this world.
Christians are affected by secularism, too. We normally don't lose our faith overnight. Instead, we compromise a little here and there, tolerate this or that behavior, and lower our standards "just this once" or twice. The more we encounter evil, the more we become desensitized. Conformity and sin gnaw a little at a time like a termite infests a house. Pretty soon, we're surprised with the amount of transformation that has gradually occurred in our attitudes and behavior.
Although spiritual complacency sneaks up on us, the sins of omission (like apathy and tolerance of evil) must be confronted. We often rationalize our behavior when we need to repent. Isaiah warned that our unconfessed sins separate us from God and cause Him to hide His face from us so that He will not hear our prayers (Isaiah 59:1-3).
Yet, the Lord said that if His people, who are called by His name, will humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways, He will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). Repentance gets God's attention and is met with His mercy.
Christians, have we lost our spiritual passion? Regaining our appetite for holiness and for serving the Lord is accomplished with spiritual revivals. "Revive us again that your people may rejoice in you" (Psalm 85:6). "Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old" (Lamentations 5:21). A revival is simply the renewal of our first love of God. In Revelations 2:4, we read that God accused the church in Ephesus of forsaking their first love. They were to look at the height from which they had fallen.
Have you lost your joy in Christ? How enthusiastic is your spiritual life? Is unconfessed sin keeping your prayers from reaching God's ears?
Jesus has revealed the way back to Him. Spiritual renewal requires a prayer of confession and repentance, followed by obedience to His words. Live according to God's standards, not the world's. Continually safeguard our relationship with the Lord from anything that tries to invade and consume it. Communicating daily with the Lord repels the termites of sin.
This week, let's inspect our spiritual houses, clean them and have a revival to restore what sin has weakened and impaired. Recommitting our lives to the Lord enables us to experience His love, joy, peace and power at a deeper level. This vibrant relationship with the Lord is full of blessings and generates a grateful desire to serve Him.
How long has it been since you were excited about our mighty God? When is the last time you personally witnessed a miracle or were filled with the Holy Spirit's amazing love or power? There is no high like a spiritual high! That vibrant abundant life doesn't have to be elusive, but can be enjoyed by all who love the Lord.
Are you ready for a revival?
Cindy Rooy is the author of the Bible study, "Trusting God Through Troubles & Tears." She's a contributing author in devotional books and websites and enjoys a speaking ministry. Visit her website at www.cindyrooy.com