Mild, Medium, Hot, or Blazin’?

Happy Friday!

Prayer meeting at DFC was very powerful last night. It feels like a new spiritual fire is sparking in our church. It’s always amazing to me how God lets His people live as close or far away from Him as we chose. Just like the church sign we’ve all read, “Feeling Far Away From God? Guess Who Moved?”

One time while I was praying out loud last night, I said to God, “We are keepers of the flame… and we are commanded to keep the fire burning at all times! Just like you commanded the Israelite priests saying, ‘And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.'” (Leviticus 6:12-13 NKJV)

And I continued, “God, you commanded Timothy through the Apostle Paul, ‘This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.’ (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NLT) And tonight, we must fan into flames, the spiritual gift You gave US… the spiritual gifts You gave to our church! We are keepers of the flame!”

I never want to live a nominal Christian life. I never want to slide off into complacency. As a keeper of the flame, it’s my responsibility to keep the fire on the alter burning all the time… and I must never let that fire go out. Not in my own life or in the lives of the people God has called me to lead!

In the Old Testament, the fire represented Gods Holy Spirit. Fire throughout the Bible, represents things like worship, sacrifice, passion, purity, and Gods living presence!

John Wesley, the great American Evangelist from the 1700’s and founder of the Methodist Church… he once said, “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

It’s amazing to me, how fanatical we’re allowed to be about so many things… and yet, if we should catch on fire for God, we are shunned. I’m well aware of the spiritual deadness in our world… and still, I want to burn for God all the days of my life! I never want to let my fire dim for very long… not even for one day.

Where would you rate your spiritual fervor today?

  • Mild
  • Medium
  • Hot
  • Blazin’

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Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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4 thoughts on “Mild, Medium, Hot, or Blazin’?

  1. WOW! I would have to say that I am Hot but not quite Blazin', even though Blazin' is where I want to be. I have to agree Pastor that it is funny how we can be fanatical over pretty much everything in the world and it is usually described as a "passion" but as soon as it is about Jesus we are considered "freaks." I have seen this many times over in my life and lost connections friends and even some family in the process. Of course then I remember that God never said it would be easy but that it would be WORTH it and I know my God is Worth it! Thank you Pastor for another great blog that inspires me to be a better and stronger person!!

  2. Man chuck u r the most encouraging guy i know i would say im hot and sometimes im blazin theres so many different things that can distract us but when im blazin im so filled with joy i cant stop smiling people riding down the road probably think im weird smiling like that but i dont care the joy God brings to us is undiscribable. After i was saved i quit drinking and partying and stuff and i cant tell u enough how much happier Ive been since then. I love feeling Gods presence, its better than any high or any buzz that drugs or alcohol can give u. I thank God everyday for blessing me with a pastor and a friend like u to lead me in my faith and guide me through struggles i have had.