Life brings with it certain distractions, trials and general busyness. This can cause us Christians to go off the boil a bit when it comes to following Jesus with passion and fire. We need to get our zeal back! Patrick Mabilog at Christian Today highlights 4 vital ways we can stay on fire for the Lord Jesus.
1. Stick to the basics "No matter how much of a veteran you think you are in the area of faith, no one ever outgrows the basics of God's Word and prayer. Psalm 119:105 tells us, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Through the seasons of life, communication with God is of vital importance to keeping that passion for Him burning. The primary way we communicate with God is through prayer and He also primarily speaks to us through His Word."
2. Remain in fellowship "A burning coal, when removed from a pile of red-hot coals, loses its fire when it sits alone. Christians also experience the same thing. That's why church community and fellowship are vital to our everyday walk. When we stay within accountability, encouragement, and discipleship that come through fellowship, we remain on fire for God."
3. Remember the joy of your salvation "When David felt his fire for God dying, which led to his immorality with Bathsheba, he cried out to God, saying, "Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit." (Psalm 51:11-12, emphasis added) Do you remember the first time you received Jesus into your life and the exuberant joy that came right after? That joy was not meant to be a one-time deal. We can and should walk in it as often as we can."
4. Go back to your first love "Revelation 2:4 speaks of the first love that has been abandoned so many times. Our first love is and will always be Jesus. What keeps us focused on Christ as our first love is this great reminder that it was He who loved us first and our love for Him now comes simply as a response to the greatest love we will ever know."
Let's pray for God to fill us with passion and desire to make His name known today! Amen!