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Fervent For God
3/16/2015

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Romans 12:10-11 (MKJV)

If you have ever been sitting around a campfire you’ve undoubtedly noticed when the wood burns down the heat begins to fade.   When this happens, you’ve got two choices — you either allow the fire to die, or you stoke the coals and throw on some more wood to get the fire going again.  And let me just say this —there is nothing like an existing set of hot coals to get a fire going again quickly.

This same principle applies to our Christian walk.  When I first heard the gospel message and it penetrated my heart, a raging fire began to burn deep inside of me.  This resulted in my wanting to go to church and to hear the word of God, and as I did it was like throwing a big chunk of hard oak wood into a campfire.  The fire would rage again and burn strong — allowing me to be passionate about sharing Jesus and God’s Word with others. 

In the Book of Romans we are actually given this same principle, as we are told to be “Fervent in Spirit” (Rom. 12:11).  This word fervent used in this verse is derived from the Greek word, “zeo, dzeh´-o,” which means to be “hot.”  It actually speaks of the type of heat associated with boiling liquids, or of a metal so hot it glows red.  

God gave us this Scripture to encourage us to continue to keep our heart burning for Him, and for our Christian walk to be red-hot.  He knew once we experienced the initial glow and eagerness of our Christian walk we would be tempted to be lulled into a type of spiritual complacency.  So to counter this He inspired Paul to warn us of this temptation.  Many Christian men and women have fallen far short in allowing God to use them in the way He desires — they simply were not willing. 

When this happens it’s just like the campfire that was once raging hot, but is now becoming lukewarm.   Jesus spoke sternly about the Church in Laodicea about this very thing.

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)

Q:         How can we keep from becoming lukewarm in our Christian walk?

By allowing Christ to fire up our faith as we meditate upon His Word each day.  We can stoke the coals of our Christian walk as we seek to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18).  We can become fervent in the spirit as we seek to become a part of a church body and begin to serve others in whatever capacity needed.  We can keep from becoming an isolated ember as we find other solid believers to be accountability partners. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to continue to keep your Christian walk as hot as possible.  Keep from becoming lukewarm by allowing God to fan the flame of His Holy Spirit into your life so you can be used mightily. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures in this devotional with regard to our being fervent and lukewarm?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you fervent in Spirit or lukewarm in your walk with God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to be filled with the Holy Spirit each day, and continue to read God’s Word to know His perfect will. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for reminding us how we can become fervent in spirit, or lukewarm in our walk.  Help us to be red-hot for You Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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