But today, I want to talk about a different kind of fire. This is the fire of God that burns in our heart when we are born again.
Jeremiah 20:9 describes it this way
" But if I say I'll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his
word burns in my heart like a fire. It's like a fire in my bones. I'm worn
out trying to hold it in! I can't do it!"
There are times when I can sense that fire so deep in my heart. Times I want to tell the world about what Jesus has done for me! But let’s be honest. The times when the fire inside can be sporadic and minimal for long seasons at a time.
So what do you do when you feel the fire has died down to an ember, or even more so, has died completely? What do you do when you don’t feel that passion for God. Going through the motions… you love God with all your heart, but the mundane and the every day life has taken over.
When I began writing this blog, I wanted to be an encouragement to others in their pursuit of the Father. That is still my goal! But sometimes I have to stop and encourage myself. I have to stir myself up.
"Therefore I remind you that you stir up the gift of God, which is in you
by the laying on of my hands."
2 Timothy 1:6
So how do you “stir” up what is inside of you? One translation says to fan the flame. What does it take to fan a flame? It takes air or breath. So I would say that to fan the flame, or stir myself up requires me to experience the breath of God. And that is impossible unless you are very close to his face.
So I would say the first way to set a fire in your heart would be to get in the presence of God. For me, this means getting alone with no distractions, putting some meaningful worship music on, and being still before Him.
Every person has their own way to get in His presence, but everyone has to make time for Him and make the Father a priority.
The next way to fan the flame would be to put a guard on our lips. Watch not only what comes out of your mouth, but what you put into your heart. Also the words that you speak contain the power of life or death. Again, for me, proclaiming the Word out loud over my life by personalizing the scriptures fans those embers in my heart. His Word is alive and powerful! His Word never returns void!
We will talk about more ways to set a fire in your heart in future blogs. But for now, I would encourage you to seek the fire of God. Seek the passion that can burn out all the impurities in our lives and also flow out to others!
Here is a song that may help you!