The hidden affections of the heart will eventually be displayed by actions.
“You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections... Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
- For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?
- And what communion has light with darkness?
- And what accord has Christ with Belial?
- Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
- And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?
- For you are the temple of the living God.
Unequally Yoked—A Sign of Leaving our First Love
God knows well the affections of our heart, whether we are seeking after other things or putting the Lord, His Word, and His assignment first place in our heart and mind. In the days we are living in, we must continually take an inventory of what our heart is desiring.
Have we tired of church gatherings but enjoy going to the movies more?
Is our first priority in the morning to seek the internet or to seek His face?
The things we enjoy…are they good before the Lord?
Do they edify us?
What things lead us away from the Lord?
What about our close companions and those we share our heart with?
Are they devoted to the Lord?
If not, they may bring a snare.
Worldliness Impedes Spiritual Progress
If worldly affections begin to dominate us we will begin to lose our inner peace, direction, and freedom. That can result in restlessness. Restlessness can be a sign of distress or hunger in the spirit. This could be the root of why Christians hop from church to church.
What does all this have to do with faith?
Faith is a spiritual substance that comes out of a heart of love that is continually abiding in the Word of God. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. (1 John 5:4)
If faith is depleted, how can we overcome the world?
Praying people must have continual contact with the Holy Spirit Himself.
This is Who is yoked to us.
This is Who we are to fellowship with all day long, Spirit to spirit!
This is that...which Jesus Christ taught:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)