Jesus asks: “Do You Need Me To Do It Over Again”?

This post was originally written in 2012 but someone  may need it now so I’m   re-posting.

In this post Jesus is asking a very simple question. That question is, “Do You Need Me To Do It Over Again”? Of course, He is not talking about dying for your sins or clearing the pathway so that you can have a proper relationship with God. That was done once and once is enough. The question has to do with your status in Him. The words over again imply that He is speaking to those who are, or have once been, His. As you read this post, please examine your relationship with the Lord to determine what the “It” may be in your own life.

We begin this post in the Book of Revelations. This book promises that we will be blessed if we read it. Revelation 1:3 (KJV) states:

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Apostle John was sent to the Isle of Patmos as a punishment for preaching the gospel. It turns out that John was honored by God during what man intended to be one of his hardest trials. The Isle was a dry, treeless place only about 6X10 miles. It was a place where criminals were sent by the Roman Empire for the most heinous of crimes. John’s “heinous crime”, however, was simply obeying God.

Revelation 1:9-11 (KJV)
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

What the devil meant for evil, God meant for good. This should help us to remember that not everything that comes against us is from the devil. Some things are simply circumstantial because we live in a physical world. The key thing we need to remember is that no matter what the source of our trials, God will make it work out for our good.

Romans 8:28 (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

You may wonder how on earth the situation that you may be going through could possibly be working together for your good. The answer is, just trust God. He has everything under good control.

While Apostle John was on the Isle of Patmos, God commissioned him to write the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 1:10-11 (KJV)
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

John was told to write the things which thou have seen; the things which are; and the things which shall be hereafter. The first thing that he was to do was write a letter to the seven churches of Asia: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. The focus of this post is the first letter which was written to the church at Ephesus. This letter contained a total of ten wonderful accolades. Let’s review that letter that is found in Rev. 2: 1-7.

Revelation 2:1-7 (KJV)
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write;

The angel in this passage is not the created being called an angel. This is God’s own man, the Pastor, the head, the leader. What we have to realize is that God deals with the leader of the church. He has an order that He operates under and we are responsible for honoring and following leadership. Some may have the attitude that, “He puts his pants on one leg at a time just like I do”. You imply that you are on equal standing with your pastor but that is not so. God will never deal with you in the same way that He deals with the leader. We must honor God’s man and woman of God. Why? Because God said so. Do you remember what happened to Moses’ own sister Miriam when she got beside herself? God struck her with Leprosy until she learned to honor God’s anointed. Your very salvation is tied up with your leader. He is accountable to God for leading those of his congregation into heaven. That is, he is responsible for those who are willing to be lead. The problem today is that some people just don’t want to be pastored. They want to do what they see as right to do and override the man of God. God says not so. If you have leaders that are praying for you, seeking God for your welfare and are accountable to God for you, you need to honor and obey them.

that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

In other words, He holds the leaders in His hand as He walks among the churches. We will now hear a beautiful list of the next nine positive accolades that the Ephesus church receives:

2 I know thy works,

You have been working in the house of God.

and thy labour,

Some have been busy working to win souls for the Lord. When He speaks of labour He means work related to trying to bring the unsaved in. Sheep bear sheep. Ask yourself how many souls you have witnessed to in the last month. The Bible says the harvest is ripe but the labourers are few. Churches are full of labourers. The problem is that some are just lazy and don’t want to work.

and thy patience,

You’ve been patient with the lost.

and how thou canst not bear them which are evil:

You’ve separated yourself out from the wrong doers and you have not been ashamed to call yourself a Saint of God.

and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

People have not been able to deceive you because you know how to try the spirit by the spirit.

3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

4 Nevertheless

Oh oh! In spite of all of the good things listed here comes the zinger…

I have somewhat against thee,

I’ve got a bad thing against you. Only one rotten egg can spoil the dish; only a little leaven will leaven the whole lump, It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.

because thou hast left thy first love.

Anything but that. Who exactly is our first love?

When we first get saved there is zeal, excitement, and enthusiasm for the things of God. The pastor can’t hold enough meetings and we can’t spend enough time on our knees because we are so happy to be delivered from the Kingdom of Darkness. We love the saints because they are our fellow travelers. But as we tend to grow older in the Lord, if we are not careful, we begin to think that we’ve got it made. “We’re on our way to heaven and we’re so-o glad”. Before we know it, all of our love has leaked out. We can become passive, mean spirited and even callous about our salvation. This is a good point to ask yourself the question, “Do I need Jesus to do It over again?”

This situation is similar to a marriage. The first year or so of the marriage the husband is practically carrying his new bride around. The bride looks long and lovingly into his eyes. God himself has to remind them, “Don’t love the gift that I gave you more than the Gift Giver”. But if they are not careful, somewhere around the seventh year of marriage they begin to get used to each other. They don’t do the little things that they used to do to please each other. When they first got married he would say things like, “Are your feet cold baby? Then put your little tootsies on me. I’ll warm them up”. Now he might be heard to say, “Woman, get them hooves off of me!” The wife might begin to take her husband for granted. When they have visitors she might say to the men in the room, “Would anyone like something to drink”? But when her husband asks, “Honey, would you get me a glass of water ?” her response becomes, “You’d better get it for yourself”! Careful, they are leaving their first love. On the job they might find themselves spending more time with a co-worker than each other. You might hear words like, “She just understands me”. Or the wife might say, “This relationship with my friend is platonic. We just enjoy each other’s company. We haven’t done anything wrong”. Well, if they don’t nip these extra relationships in the bud they won’t be platonic for very long.

The same is true in our relationship with the Lord. This letter to the Ephesian church was a wake-up call! What was being said to them was, “You are in a backslidden state! If you don’t repent and do your first work over, you are going to hell! Don’t believe that the message was that strong? Let’s keep reading.

5 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.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

The letter to the church at Ephesus contained ten good accolades, but the one bad thing was enough to make them lose out with God. They left their first love. The solution for the Ephesus church was the same as anyone who has left their first love: repent and do the first work over. God said that if we do not, then He will remove the candlestick or church. What is a church? It is a called out body of true believers. If He is saying that He will move the church He’s talking about the people. How does one leave his First Love or Christ? It is called backsliding. Some people have backslidden so smoothly they look like Michael Jackson doing the moonwalk.

Let’s spend a little time talking about what it means to backslide. Some people may say, “I’m not backslidden, I’ve just gotten seasoned in the way.” You are so cold in your relationship in Christ, you’re frozen…yet you don’t know that you are far from God. What kinds of things do people do when they are in a backslidden state? They begin to pick up little things that they were delivered from.

a. Suddenly there is no harm in going to the movies or clubs, whereas, in the past, they would never have stepped inside those doors.

b. Some may begin to have a little wine before dinner or at bedtime to, you know, help them sleep better.

c. Some may pick up some of those old songs that they were delivered from.

d. Others may find themselves reading the old love stories and viewing the sexy TV programs that they had put down.

e. You’re in danger if you find yourselves sneaking over to the porn sites on the computer out of curiosity. Careful, you’re opening the wrong door.

f. Be forewarned, if cussing in the TV shows that you listen to does not bother you anymore, you’re at risk.

g. While you may not have picked up smoking again, watch it if you just enjoy the smell of it. When others smoke you just sniff it in.

Danger for the ladies exists if your dresses get shorter while those skyscraper heels get higher. Your sleeves get shorter or become see-through. Your hair picks up blond streaks. Your lips get redder; your eyes get blacker; your lashes get longer and your nails get redder or pinker. Your earlobes sprout danglers and your cleavage just happens to get a little deeper. Pants no longer condemn you and your skirts get tighter.

Men, be alerted if your pants get a little tighter and a little more revealing, You re-discover muscle shirts and your chest hairs suddenly are publicly displayed. Jewelry suddenly finds its way into your wardrobe. Someone may give you a new nickname…Mack Daddy…and you are not offended. You no longer enjoy spiritual things on TV because you bought the All-Sports package. If an important game happens to be on a Sunday, suddenly you wake up with a cough and you’re feeling a little under the weather. Of course you can’t go to church that Sunday. But when the game comes on at 11:00 you’re miraculously healed. You forget that God gave you a neck so that you can turn your head when a scantily clad woman passes by. You may find yourself going to a certain restaurant because of that cute new waitress.

Parents, you are backsliding if you lose your ability to control the ungodly requests of your children. No longer do you know how to say no when they want to start dating at 13. Instead of NO! its welllll.

Warning to the former prayer warriors. You’re backsliding if you no longer get up when God calls you to prayer and intercession. You just can’t do the fasting thing anymore. The dust on your Bible is so thick because you don’t want to disturb it and you stop interceding for the lost. You have no vision to help the sinner to get saved and you haven’t witnessed in so long you don’t know what to say when God tries to nudge you to tell someone about Jesus. On your job your co-workers no longer mind cussing around you and nobody laughs harder at their ungodly jokes. The truly saved person tries to witness to you and you find yourself offended because you say you are a Christian. But no one can see Christ in your life.

If you have found any of these things in your life you have officially crossed over from Sainthood into “Ainthood” and you are not on your way to Heaven. When the Rapture takes place you will not be taken in the number with the Saints. True, you may be going through some of the motions of Christianity but in your heart of hearts you know that you are not saved. You are functioning in a “perfunctory” (careless, dull or indifferent) fashion but your heart is just not in it. The Bible lets us know that you have the responsibility of your soul salvation. You’re trying to coast on the things that you have done in the past, but you can’t “game” God. You are a fake and a phony and you must get right before it’s too late.

God just may have His spiritual eraser poised over somebody’s record in the Lamb’s Book of Life. He could be just minutes away from erasing your name. He’s saying to you, “Repent quickly”! He’s trying to give you one last opportunity to be saved. The Bible says “the day you hear my voice, harden not your heart”. Why die like a fool dies? We will all be judged one day. The saints will be judged for the works that they have done, but the lost will be judged in The Great White Throne Judgment. Which line will you be in? Do you need Jesus to do It over again? If yes, repent quickly and do your first work over. Get on fire and stay on fire, lest He, as He said to the Laodicean church, spew you out of His mouth. May God bless and keep you is my prayer.Jesus

1 Comment

  1. Thank you…..as I read this tears began to flow from my eyes…..I am a backslidder and I repent and ask for God’s forgiveness and yes I need Him to do it over again….

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