The life of the Christian is a life that ebbs and flows in our love for God. We may not always want to admit that--but in our heart of hearts, we know it to be true. Sometimes our love for God grows cold. Oftentimes that coldness comes from what I would call "hardening providences." Difficulties, frustrations, sicknesses, and other such providences in our lives can cause us to slowly harden in our heart of hearts. Our love for Christ can grow cold under the many pressures and difficulties of life in a fallen world.
What should the Christian do when he or she finds him or herself in such a position? Maybe you've found yourself in such a position?
John Flavel, the English Puritan, upon realizing that several in his congregation were struggling under heavy weights and hardening providences, preached a series of sermons on Psalm 57:2, "_I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me." _These sermons are filled with pastoral warmth as he pointed his people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Among the applications were some designed to "melt" the believer as he or she looks to Christ. Flavel asked, "How can a sanctified heart do less than melt into tears while it considers God’s dealings with it from time to time, or while it compares the mercies received with the sins committed, or the different administrations of providence towards itself and others!"
Here are several of the applications that he gave, and hopefully they will prove to be useful in those times of needing to return to Christ with a melted heart towards him and his grace:
Rev. Flavel's sermon series on Psalm 57:2 can be purchased here.
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