Danger Zone: The Spirit of Familiarity

by monicatheophilus

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. – Ephesians 4:18 ESV.

Times are changing. Gone are the days where we had the luxury to entertain the lust of our fleshy desires and forsake God until we were in desperate need. God is calling us, His church to get back to a place of reverential fear of the almighty God He is. Whenever the heart needs a checkup it begins to send notifications through an electrical signal of your cell pathways. Some could experience mild pain, some a contraction, some a slight twitch, and unfortunately for some a heart attack. I could sense my spiritual heart was experiencing a mild heart attack after a few weeks of contractions. The pain was hard to ignore, this was the signal, “Jesus is calling.” I wondered how Jesus was calling when I already had a relationship with Him. Simple. I was becoming too comfortable in my walk with Him, that I acted as if I knew it all, but really no human can experience the full totality of the glory of God. The Lord called me to a fast. I told no one, because it was a time for me to learn to be obedient, to hear the voice of the Lord concerning His will for my life. I decreased and the Lord increased. As I fasted and prayed the Lord revealed to me that no sin is bigger than the other, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. – James 2:10 ESV.

God brought to my attention His two sons, Saul and David. Saul disobeyed God’s command to get rid of all the possessions of the Amalekites “Go and attack the Amalekites! Destroy them and all their possessions.” -1 Samuel 15 CEV. David committed adultery by sleeping with Bathsheba and sending her husband to be killed in battle (2 Samuel: 11 NIV). They both committed a terrible sin before God, but their sins were not greater than the other. In fact, the only difference between Saul and David was that David had a heart of repentance, a heart of worship. David admitted his crime before God and lamented. Meanwhile Saul was boastful, prideful and lacked true repentance for his faults, he was so used to God blessing him with countless victories that he allowed the spirit of familiarity to come in and distract him from seeing God high and lifted up. Saul’s heart hardened before His maker and at one point mine did too.

The spirit of familiarity is a disease of the heart. It causes us to lose our reverential fear for God, to stop seeking Him further, to lose the desire to move from Glory to Glory. We must get to a place of a deeper need to experience God at a higher level. Fresh encounters, a mighty move of the Holy Spirit. We too can learn from Moses who asked to see the Lord’s face. Moses wanted to live in the glory constantly. He didn’t get bored; he didn’t get weary. The word says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.Proverbs 9:10 NIV. These are the last days. Don’t be distracted, don’t be moved and let your light shine among all men. Keep your fire burning for Jesus at all times and when your heart begins to twitch make a note to yourself; Jesus is calling.

John 14:6

” Jesus answered, ” I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ( NIV)

Thank you so much for reading! Let me know your  thoughts.

My prayer is that you all would be so hungry and thirsty for God and His righteousness that you would care less what the world thinks and live as Jesus has called you to.

 

Be encouraged,

Love Monica.

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