The Incremental Slide into Spiritual Adultery (Jeremiah 2-6)

To help us move from Sunday to Monday:

When someone breaks a promise, it hurts. When that promise is to stay faithful to you in a romantic relationship... well, words don't do it justice.

But when God's people spiritually cheat on Him, that doesn't stop God from speaking with the precision of a prosecutor and the grief-filled, angry longing of a spurned lover.

You can see these words for yourself in Jeremiah 2. Here's a sample: 

The heavens are shocked at such a thing and shrink back in horror and dismay,” says the Lord.
“For my people have done two evil things:
They have abandoned me—
the fountain of living water.
And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns
that can hold no water at all!

These words are a warning for us to watch out and wake up! Like the generations before us, we tend to remember God in the wilderness but forget God in prosperity. 

If you heard this Sunday's sermon, here's a recap of steps forward for this week--steps to "rekindle the romance."


1. Ask God to "give us this day my daily repentance." Summing up a call from John Owen: Don't let careless indifference to God and things you can't see lead you to fall out of love with your Creator!  
Summing up a call from Thomas Brooks: Even when you don't obey as you should, ask God to help you see that every command of His is sweet because Jesus has fulfilled every command on your behalf. Because of Jesus, you can fight sin without having it get between you and God!

2. Practice "remembering rituals"--rituals that help you remember God in the wilderness. 

Preach the Gospel to yourself daily--perhaps by using a tool like the Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent: 

Place yourself in front of the plow of God's Word on the lips of God's People by going to Sunday morning services and to small group even when it doesn't feel worth it. 

Spend 5-10 minutes each Sunday morning by preparing to be plowed under. Ask God to shine into the hidden recesses of our hearts each Sunday morning before you come. Consider reading that Sunday's preaching text as you pray.