Keeping the fire burning

 

Leviticus 6:12; "Meanwhile, the fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must never go out." New Living Translation 

One of the greatest thing that I have ever been asked is, 'Dr Glenn, how do I keep the fire of God burning in my life? How do I stay onfire for God?' So many who start out on fire for God do not remain with the same fervency that they once had. I am writng this article because of a young man of God, Adrian from Johannesburg, who loves the Lord with all his heart sent me a message asking,

'Hi Dr Glenn, how are you doing? I had a dream I was asking you about how to keep the fire burning all the time. Then you took me to another place to explain  it to me, but i woke up and missed it. Maybe you  can explain me now outside of the dream? When you can...Bless you!'

I wonder if this question is also a question of the heart for you? Maybe you remember how you were once on fire for God but now this seems such as a distant and

 foreign memory. You wonder if you can ever rekindle the flame that once burnt in you! 

 

Yes it can! Allow me to show you three simple ways you can rekindle the fire of God in your life.

  • Muse upon the Word.

Usually you will notice people who are no longer on fire for God do not have time for the Scriptures. They have lost their passion for the Word. The Psalmist says, 'My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned...'(Psalm 39:3) The Word is the fire in the boiler room of your heart. Stay with the Word. Go to a church that preaches the Word- the uncompromizing Word. The two guys on the road to Emmaus gives us another piece of the puzzle,

Luke 24:32 - And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?"

Clearly the Word of God is important if you want the fire of God to burn afresh in your heart.

  • Stay where the fire is
This is a great story to illustrate our article- A certain faithful believer was noted by the pastor to have been absent from many services. The pastor went to visit the individual and found him in a back room sitting before a roaring fireplace. The pastor sat opposite the individual for a while when suddenly, he reached over and pulled out of the fire a red hot coal and layed it on the hearth of the fireplace. Over time, the red hot coal became a smoldering ember and eventually a cold white ember, emitting no heat. The individual looked at the pastor and said that he would be back in church.
 
Fellowshipping with believers who love the Lord and are on fire God will keep you on fire. That is why you have to be careful as with who you hang around with. The old saying is true, 'Birds of a feather flock together.' Some Christians think they are so clever in thinking that they do not need to go to church. I am going to be as blunt as as I can. That is just dumb. No matter how small or big your church is, as long as they love the Lord, preach the Word and do not quench the Spirit then you should attend your church faithfully.
 
  • Don't quench the Holy Spirit

Paul emphatically told the Thessalonians 'Quench not the Spirit' or as the GOD"S WORD TRANSLATIONaptly pens it, 'Don't put out the Spirit's fire.'(1 Thessalonians 5:19)What does that mean? Do not put out or extinguish the fire of the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost, cloven tongues of fire sat upon the disciples and the spoke in tongues. In other parts of the book of Acts they spoke in tongues and prophesied. it is very clear to keep the fire burning we  need to constantly be tapping into the gifts of the Spirit.  We must never suffocate the prohetic. The Holy Spirit wants to speak to you. Despise not prophesyings. I realize that there have been abuses with prophecies and the gifts but as the ld saying goes, 'Don't throw the baby out with he bath water.' The gifts are for us today! Find a church that believes and practices the miraculous.