Guarding Your Affection For Him

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011]

“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” (Revelation 2:5). 

Jesus is saying: “Think back to what you were like when I first saved you.
You rejoiced that I came to live in your heart! You couldn't wait for church on
Sunday and you spent all your free time digging into My word, learning about My
love for you. You never considered prayer to be a burden, because I meant
everything to you. You loved Me more than life itself. But now you've fallen
away from all that. I get so little of your time now, so little of your
attention. You've grown cold toward Me. Something else has your heart!”

Look at the serious warning in this verse: “Repent . . . or else I will come
unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except
thou repent.” For many years theologians have tried to soften this warning,
wanting it to mean something different. But it cannot be softened—it means
exactly what it says. 

Jesus is saying to us: “If you claim to have the fire of God, and yet I am no
longer the delight of your heart, I will take away every bit of light you have!
No matter what good works you do for Me, you will no longer be My witness. I
simply won't recognize anything you do because you have lost your love for

Is your love for Jesus exclusive? Do you regularly take quality time to be with
Him? Or have other things crept into your heart, taking up your thoughts and

Jesus is asking you right now to repent and start over. He wants you to stop
and realize, “Wait a minute. I see how this thing has crept into my life and
it is robbing me of my exclusive love for Jesus. I can't let this go on any
longer. Lord, forgive me! Light my candle anew.”

Go back to your first love today. Ask Him for grace and strength to begin again
to guard your affection for Christ.

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