If when you gave your life to Christ or at a time in your life you were very more committed to God’s work and consecration to God than who you are now, it means you have been diluted from the concentrated experience you had with God when you first met him. Oh heavens came down and glory filled your soul. Oh!! How you prayed, how you fasted, how you preached the word of God; Oh!! How you ran away from sin and every appearances of evil. Those days were glorious days. But what has happened to them now? How come the intensity and efficacy of your prayer life is a child’s play compared to then, how come you can now stay one whole week without preaching to a soul? How come you have now suddenly preferred to always come back to God to say “I am sorry for disobeying you”, whereas in those good old days, you utilized Gods grace to obey?
It is good to sit down and identify what has diluted you. These two points can give you a clue.
1. Answered prayers
Oh, is it that those times we thought you were vibrant and violent for the Lord; it was because you were actually looking for something from God. You were looking for that job, that anointing, that spouse, that child, that position. So now since you have laid hold on those things, you seem not to need the rigour of fasting and prayers again. If that is your case you are joking. Firstly, you dont know that it takes prayer and consecration in order to keep what you got in the place of prayer. Once the prayer and consecration recedes to a level, the devil will fight against that thing in order to recover it since you got it in the first place in a battle with him. Since you are no longer in the battle ready form, it will be easy for the devil to reclaim those things. Apart from that, do you think you are already at the zenith of Gods plan about your life? You are too myopic, God has far better plans for you than what you have seen yet. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”. (1Co 2:9)
2. The pleasure wind of the age.
There is a subtle wind of laxity blowing in these last days, trying to reduce your consecration to God so that the devil can handle you by his increasing wiles and snares targeted at aggressively dragging men to hell by all means. The issues of agonizing prayers, fasting and bible study are gradually being seen as too stringent. The restraint against sin and the readiness to flee youthful lust is gradually giving room to tacit endorsement of immorality via songs, adverts, dressing, social media and other avenues. So check your self, is it not becoming easier for you to grieve the Holy Spirit by willingly choosing to satisfy your flesh in lust and sin? How much of those hardcore determinations to live a holy life do you still have in you now if you compare it to when you first believed?
So beloved are you diluted already? If you are, God is not taking it lightly at all. He calls it “forsaking you first love for Him,
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent”. (Rev 2:4-5). Repent and go back to those deep commitment you once had with God. Pick those old rugged faith and consecrations back if you actually want to get to the New Jerusalem of Heaven at last.
God bless you big.