Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What Happened to Your Fire?

Luke 24:32

They said to each other “weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”

When we are motivated to do something and passionate about something we are fired up about it! It’s a drive inside our souls that propels us forward. A basketball player can be fired up about a game. A leader can be fired up about a cause. An activist can be fired up about a movement. There must be some kind of fire in our belly that motivates us to keep going in spite of the challenges we will run up against.

Every now and then we will run out of fire. Over time fires begin to dim if not stoked or fueled. Paul had to remind young Timothy when he was giving in to the negativity of others who said he was too young and to his own fear. Paul reminded Timothy of his faith that he saw in his grandmother, mother, and in him; with that in mind Paul told Timothy, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” When discouragement tries to snuff out your flame allow God to stir it back up.

Two of Jesus’ disciples had lost their fire when Jesus was crucified. He caught up with them on the road to Emmaus, seven miles outside of Jerusalem. It is often outside of the Holy City and after great distress that Jesus will walk with us to restore our fire. If you are walking in a place that seems to be outside of God and your fire is about to go out, here’s how you get it back:

Jesus walked with them. Even though they didn’t know it was Jesus they allowed Jesus to walk with them to discuss why they were sad. It’s when we open up about where we are that God can come in.
Jesus talked with them. It’s in prayer that we begin to reconnect to our power source. The old folks said in prayer, ‘I feel a little prayer wheel turning and I feel a little fire start burning.’
He explained the scriptures to them. When we continue to get understanding of the scriptures in bible study that’s when we get our fire back! We must get fired up about God’s word.
He ate with them. We must continue to fellowship with one another. Where two or three are gathered together there will Jesus be also. Keep coming to church and Bible study to get your fire back.
Dear God,

I will continue to walk with Jesus and open his word so that his word can get in my heart. Jeremiah reminds us that we can’t help but to be on fire when we allow your word to get in us. Jeremiah got discouraged because of persecution and said he wasn’t going to talk about you anymore but he said, “When I said I would not speak of God anymore, his Word was like Fire shut up in my bones!” God fill me with the Fire of your Word so that I can be fired up to do your will.

In Jesus Name,


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