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Do you have something in your private life that separates you from the love of Christ? Your doubts and fears, worries and disappointments, discouragements and loneliness, sickness and crisis and so on could be the reasons for separation. Moreover, your wealth & prosperity, position and possessions, business and popularity, family and money, bad habits, entertainments and secret sins also could be the reasons for separation. 

We are pressed by the attractive world with various needs and demands that surpasses the love of Christ. Our love for Him has deteriorated to the level of doing certain external activities for the gospel of Jesus, attending Church activates regularly, giving tithes, reading the Bible and praying. And the Lord looks at you and says “These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me”. Mark 7:6. 

Our priorities have changed. Our focus is on the material things that gives us temporary enjoyment. We have placed the world and things of the world as parameters to know the blessings of God. We have been taught to love the world and the things of the world by prosperity preachers. But the Bible says “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them”. 1 John 2:15. 

Settle the things in your private life that separates you from the love of Christ. The word of God warns us “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place”. Revelation 2:5.

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The consequences of our sins not only affect us but also evidently reflect in our homes and churches as well. For instance, the children of Israel had enough reasons to celebrate over the victory at Jericho, as it was a display of the strong and mighty hand of God at work. It was immediately after, that the children of Israel had to face a great defeat at Ai because Achan hid some spoil in his tent (Joshua 7:20). Joshua inquired with the Lord the reason for the defeat and the Lord said to him “Israel has sinned” (Joshua 7:11). He does not say Achan sinned, but Israel. Did Israel collectively sin? No, but God views the sin done by an individual and as the sin of the entire nation. This is a fearful truth…the reason we are facing lack of joy and fellowship in our homes and churches are because of the hidden sins in individuals. When God judges, the punishment would be collective. Punishment is both of the group and the individual. 

The reason for the lukewarmness in our churches and discords in our families are because of the unconfessed sins in us. The only way to restore and renew true joy is by accepting our mistakes and confessing our sins, individually and collectively, so that spiritual blessings and revival will follow.

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We often complaint if we do not get appreciation when we do something good and at the same time we get upset if someone points our mistakes. Psalmist says in Psalm 139:24, “Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (NLT). ‘Point out anything in me’ is the desire of the psalmist to do a self-examination of his life. Psalmist had a deep desire to improve his relationship with God. He also knew that there are areas he needed correction and discipline.  God has given us methods to point out anything that is not pleasing to Him. It may be through a sermon, Bible reading, circumstances or even when we pray. The Holy Spirit is always at work because He ‘guides us’ (John 16:13). He points out where we have gone wrong, but we too must have a desire to ask God to point out that which offends Him. When we do regular self-examination, we will grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. Remember He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (John 1:9).

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