A common statement we hear from first-time visitors to our church is that they sense God’s presence in our services. I am very grateful He is evident when we meet together as a body. I am thankful He allows us to abide in Him and experience the wonder of who He is. He is a personal God, actively involved in our lives, and demonstrating His reality by manifesting Himself in His body, the Church.
Perhaps you’ve lost the wonder or forgotten some of the magnificent attributes of our Lord. If so, it may help to get an up-close and in-depth view of this astounding God.
This week Revive Our Hearts is airing the series “His Name is Wonderful.” I encourage you to check out Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ messages as she teaches through the names for Christ found in Isaiah 9:6:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
One of the greatest dangers for believers is losing the wonder of this Amazing God. Passages like this one in Isaiah help us to refocus and revisit our glorious Savior. He is too wonderful to ignore, too marvelous to approach with apathy.
If your passion has grown cold, consider refueling your fire:
• Ask God to reveal anything that may be dulling your appetite for Him.
• Ask Him to deepen your hunger for Him.
• Ask Him to allow you to know Him more intimately.
• Ask Him to use His Word to help you to understand Him more fully.
• Meditate on descriptive Messianic passages.
• Praise Him with hymns or worship choruses which exalt His attributes.
• Remember times when He’s worked in powerful ways in your life and spend some time thanking Him.
• Ask Him to teach you how to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
• Read some of the testimonies from the first-century martyrs or the modern persecuted church.
• Listen to or read the transcripts from the ROH series “His Name is Wonderful” and ask God to give you a greater appreciation for His glorious character.
What about you? Have you lost the wonder? Perhaps some of you would like to add some suggestions for “recovering the wonder.”