I pray that as I write and being totally transparent that the Holy Spirit moves mightily in your life. Just know that regardless of how those around you appear to have all it all together; many of us just hide the chaos. We each have our own battles or demons to fight; however different they may be; you my friend are not alone.
I am a note taker in church and as I sit today and read over some notes, I realize that my flame has become low. Since August when school started back; in one way or another I have been so busy that writing and studying became an if I find time kinda thing even after getting up early every morning to read. August and September are always extremely busy at school but normally things mellow out after our fall festival. However this year has been totally different.
In the beginning of October we discovered that my precious Mother had breast cancer. With surgery and chemotherapy entering our lives; it’s been a little busy for me working, taking care of my home and daughter, trying to help take care of my parents and taking care of my own health issues. My plate is definitely full! As you can see I am human, I am not perfect. And although I love God with everything I have within me; I fail Him daily. As I sat and read over my notes this morning, God gave me the thought “Rekindling the Fire”. I have been praying to be able to write and to know what He wanted me to share. Today I got the answer. And the story goes like this……
I love bonfires on a chilly night; roasting marshmallows and being warmed by the fire. But in order to keep warm, you must continue putting wood on the fire. Without more wood or logs added the fire dims thus eventually leaving only a smoky memory until it’s completely out. The same goes for our walk with God. To stay hot for God we must spend intimate time with Him by studying his word and being constant in prayer. This in turn is like the bonfire; as we study we are adding a log to the fire. If we fail to spend time with God our fire grows dim and our lives become smoky (cloudy, foggy). Get the picture?
Human nature (our fleshly side) we sometimes get so busy and preoccupied with things of the world that if we aren’t careful we fail to spend our much needed time with God. Just going to church doesn’t cut it, we must engage in the relationship! The only way to know someone is by spending time with them and learning everything we possibly can about them. When school started back I was extremely busy; but what I failed to remember is that without God I wouldn’t have a job. He placed me there and in order for me to do what He has called me to do; I must stay connected to the vine. I can’t produce Godly fruit if the vine dies! Satan uses anything to keep us preoccupied so that we can’t add another log to the fire; he wants our fire for God to go out completely!
When we allow things of the world to become our main focus; then we ever so gently are pulling away from our relationship with God. Our flesh is weak; therefore, it’s a daily battle of the spirits within us and we must choose. The song “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns came to mind while writing this today. The song states that people never crumble in a day, it’s a slow fade…thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid, when you give yourself away. This is what happens when we choose to not pray, to not read and study the Word. When we continue to put it off until tonight because we are tired or have something else we want to do then it turns into tomorrow, and so forth. It’s such a slow fade, a trick of satan to get us distracted from doing the very thing that will sustain us in life in order for us to accomplish all that God created us to do!
***Romans 12:11-13 -not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer, distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
I was busy but I should never be too busy for God! I did read and I prayed but not to the extent that I had the past year when I was writing this blog weekly and the blog for Emerge Ministries. I have learned that without engaging myself in my relationship with God; then I most definitely am not in a good place. Just today, I realized that the pain in my body, sleepless nights, one battle after another and the anger that I expressed today are the result of my own slow fade as this has happened over a period of time; not overnight. God will never leave us; however we are so guilty of leaving Him! The only way to stop satan from killing, stealing and destroying is to fight him on our knees and with Gods Word!
If you aren’t where you need to be in your relationship with our Father or if you have experienced a slow fade by the choices you have made, I urge you to first repent. Then ask Him to rekindle that fire that once ever so burned brightly. No one is perfect; we all mess up but just because we miss the mark doesn’t mean we have to stay there. Throw those logs on the fire and be blazing for God for we have much work to do!
***1 Thessalonians 5:16- 22 –Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
In closing, I want to share this info I found online at: DMCA,2017 ViralBeliever, 9 Blazing Hot Methods To Remain on Fire For God, (Author: Duke Taber).. https://www.viralbeliever.com/bible-studies/9-methods-on-fire-for-god/
- Feed the flames with the Word of God
- Stoke the furnace with prayer
- Worship the Lord with extravagance
- Allow the Holy Spirit to move
- Do a spring cleaning of your heart
- Bring your flame closer to other flames
- Start making your fire useful
- Find a personal firebrand
- Spread the flame
As we enter into 2018, my prayer for you is that you become everything that God created you to be. May your fire for God burn brighter than ever before, may doors be opened, may doors be closed, may opportunity chase you down, may divine favor, wisdom and knowledge grace you, and may you be made healthy and whole, may all your needs be met, and may you be able to meet the needs of others out of the abundance that God graces you with. In Jesus Name I ask, Amen!
To God be all the glory, honor & praise!
Remember God Loves You & So Do I!
Much Love Always,