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Being Fervent In The Spirit

Being Fervent In The Spirit
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 7

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the fourth of our "Family duties" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to every Christian believer that we come in contact with.  And that fourth duty is also our 7th way to honor God.  

7.   " ...Fervent in spirit," (Rom 12 v. 11)

Well in our last study, we looked at being "Diligent," and now we are moving on to being, "Fervent."

Q:    What is the difference between being "Diligent," and being "Fervent?"

A:    Where "Diligent" is referring to our action, "Fervent" is referring to our "Attitude."

All too often, when I see a weakness in the spiritual walk of a person, the reason is that they are either indifferent (Unconcerned) or they lack commitment (Dedication).  If we act with indifference and a lack of commitment in the war against the enemy and his schemes, we will be of no use to our fellow brothers and sisters, and we will end up becoming casualties of the war.
We hear throughout our life that "Attitude is everything," and while it might not be everything, it truly is a large part of everything.  It can affect our overall success in any project, venture or challenge that we may face. It can be the difference of whether we get a job, a promotion, or are able to be a positive witness for Christ.  

Think about it, how impressed or motivated would you be to know about Christ from someone who claims to have a relationship with God, but they have a really poor selfish attitude - they appear to give no effort or help to anyone else, and they are just kind of walking through life like someone kicking cans on the side of the road?

To be truthful, I won't even frequent a restaurant that has employees that fit this description - not knowing what effort is being put forth to follow the health codes or even wondering whether they wash their hands - yuck!  

We need to be fervent in the Spirit - full of energy and looking at every opportunity regardless of its challenges - having the most optimistic outlook - knowing that God is in full control.

I love the Apostle Paul's fervency that is given throughout Scripture.  We can truly get a sneak peek at a prime example from these following scriptures.

Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. 2 Corinthians 7:4 (NKJV)

Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 1Corinthians 9:26 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, "As our attitude goes - so goes our day!"  

  • Let's be excited about what God is doing in our lives.  
  • Let's be excited about what God is preparing for us eternally.  
  • Let's rethink some things that we normally take for granted.  
  • Let's think positive about our lives here on Earth, and what God wants to do in us, and through us.
  • Let's think positive about our ability to be able to freely pick up God's Word and read it.
  • Let's think positively about what ministry God would have us be a part of.

Let's do this!  Lets change the world around us for better!  Let's infect others with the love, mercy and grace that have infected and transformed our lives by God!  Are you ready?  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about fervency from Paul's example in the verses above?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find that sometimes your attitude is not only non-reflective of Christ, but it is also dictating what part you play in ministry?

APPLICATION:  Think about your attitude, if it is poor, then ask God to help you change it, and to see things from entirely different perspective.

Father, Thank You for Your faithful love, mercy and joy. Thank You for giving us such great examples to live by in Your Word.  Help me to remember what I have read when I begin to take this world, or my situation too seriously for the wrong reasons.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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