The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

When It’s Not Much Fun Anymore – Part 1

Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 4, 2008

“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Psalm 51:12

As some may already know, Psalm 51 is King David’s “Psalm of Confession” where he humbly confesses and laments over his sin before God.

 

It is obvious when the whole psalm is read that David was at a “low point” in his life. He had done some very bad things – he committed adultery and murder – and when he had heard the preaching from the prophet Nathan, he was convicted. His sin brought him to the point that his walk with God “wasn’t much fun anymore”. David lost the joy of the Lord’s salvation in his life…he didn’t lose his salvation – he lost salvation’s joy!

 

Have you ever been there? Have you ever been at the point where you needed the joy of the Lord’s salvation restored unto you…for whatever reason?

 

That’s a really dumb question, isn’t it? I mean, we who’ve been saved are constantly hounded by a thief, the devil, and he wants to rob us of our joy! He knows [and I want YOU to know] that he can’t steal away the salvation that only Jesus gives, but he does know that he CAN rob us of the joy that accompanies that salvation.

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR WALK WITH GOD ISN’T MUCH “FUN” ANYMORE?

 

Now listen – I know a Christian’s life is not one big party. It’s not always ‘fun’, and we know that! BUT: a Christian should experience JOY! David knew and delighted in the happiness of being a friend of God and of having that blessed hope of salvation, but because of his sin, he lost that peace of mind!

 

Are YOU delighting in God’s fellowship and in the blessed hope of His salvation? Why not??? Has your joy been stolen away? Is it not much fun anymore?

 

Your answer just may be, “I’m not sure…I don’t know”. There are ways of finding out the answer, for example:

 

1) Have you lost your enthusiasm for the Bible?

 

2) Do you find it hard to pray?

 

3) Is going to church a drudgery and just a duty?

 

4) Do you find yourself constantly forsaking fellowship with your church family?

 

5) Has it been easier to gossip and to tell lies?

 

6) Is your relationship with your spouse or with your children “not what it used to be”?

 

7) Is witnessing for the Lord lost it’s priority with you?

 

8] Do you feel hopeless and helpless, and do you think you lack effectiveness in your Christian service?

 

9) Has the air been let out of your “spiritual balloon”, and has the joy gone out of your Christian pilgrimage?

 

If you’re truly a born-again Christian and you can answer “YES” to these questions, you’ve been robbed! What’s it mean when your walk with Christ isn’t “much fun anymore”? What’s it mean when you aren’t experiencing the joy of the Lord’s salvation in your life?

 

It certainly doesn’t mean that you aren’t spiritual or that you don’t love the Lord. Nor does it mean that God isn’t at work in your life. It could just simply mean that it’s time to see some things happen in your life. When you get to the point where serving God isn’t a blessing and your walk with God has become dull, lifeless, and mechanical, God tells us what we can do to see the joy of His salvation restored unto us!

 

#1. RETURN TO YOUR BETHEL

 
Bethel was the place where God changed Jacob! [See Genesis 28:10-22] BUT: 20 years later, many things had gone on in Jacob’s life, and among other things, the joy of God had gone from him. SO: Jacob returns according to his vow to set up his altar unto God, and his joy in the Lord was restored. [See Genesis 35:1-7]

 

When was the last time you went back to the time when you were saved? When was the last time you just thought on that glorious day God changed you into a new creature in Christ?

 

When it’s “not much fun anymore”, there may be a need in your life for repentance and a returning to your Bethel…not to be “redeemed once again“, but to remember the time where you first knew the joy of the Lord!

 

#2. REFUEL YOUR SOUL

Sometimes the joy of the Lord’s salvation is stolen because you’ve become a depleted vessel! And many times you get depleted because you don’t wait upon the Lord. David said in Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry”! Isaiah 40:31 reminds us, “they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

You have to be aware that your soul needs refueling from time to time. You can only face your tomorrows for so long on yesterday’s filling!

#3. REST YOUR BODY

 Sometimes we go and we think that we’re so indestructible. But little do we know that physical fatigue becomes fertile soil for emotional, physical and spiritual discouragement! Nehemiah discovered this in Neh 4:10, “And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.” Did you notice that the work of building the wall stopped because “the strength of the bearers of burdens” decayed, or faltered and fatigued? YOUR BODY NEEDS REST!

Christian – Take good care of your body – it’s the temple of God! You just may need to take some time away from your stress. Try to get a good night’s rest for physical refreshment. Some people ‘burn out’ for God because they became physically worn out, AND that also leads to other problems!

End of Part 1 – Think on these things – Part 2 on the way soon

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6 Responses to “When It’s Not Much Fun Anymore – Part 1”

  1. iowabaptist said

    Hey Brother,

    Great articles. Hey, I did it! I have a blog. Check it out see what you think. http://baptistbyconviction.wordpress.com/

    Bro. Davenport

  2. Andrew Diorio said

    Good stuff Bro. Szekely,

    This is something I have experienced more than once in my Christian walk, and I would venture to say that I am not alone in that fact. What is crucial is our reaction in times like this; that is what separated David from Saul, and what separates the mature believer from the babe in the Lord. Both Saul and David sinned, they both were confronted about their sin, but they reacted completely different. When WE look at it we would even say that Saul’s sin was not as bad as David’s, (thats how we see it, not how God sees it though, thats another topic for another day) and yet the Lord says of Saul in 1 Samuel 15:11a “It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king:…” but calls David in Acts 13:22b “a man after mine own heart…” The difference between these two kings of Israel is their reaction to their sin. Saul reacted by saying, contrary to what Samuel said, that he HAD done the will of the Lord, and when that didn’t work he passed the buck to the people, it was there fault that he had spared the animals for sacrifice (see 1 Samuel 15) David reacted exactly the opposite. He humbled himself and took the blame, confessed his sin, and repented, as we can see in this beautiful Psalm he wrote after being confronted with his sin.

    Two kings of Israel, who committed different sins, but had two completely different reactions to those sins. One of them is remembered as one of the greatest kings ever, the other is used as a bad example. There is a right way to react when its not much fun anymore…

    Lord bless, Brother!

    Andrew Diorio

  3. That’s awesome, IowaBaptist! (i.e. Bro. D!)

    I’ll be heading over to your new blog in a little bit AND I’ll add it to my blogroll!

    Lord bless, my brother!

  4. Great points and comments, Andrew!

    We cannot totally avoid all situations and circumstances that will be used to rob us of the joy we receive from the Lord’s salvation, BUT LIKE YOU SAID, it is how we will react or respond to them that will be key.

    Right on the mark, my brother!

    p.s. I’ll be emailing you soon…I’m getting there!

    Lord bless!

  5. Kate said

    Excellent post, Pastor Mike! I thought of:

    (Psa 119:9) BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

  6. Thank you, Kate!

    Psalm 119:9 is a great verse to quote here…

    Lord bless, sis!

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