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“Never restrain or put out the fire of the Holy Spirit.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:19 TPT

In a camp meeting, it is easy to maintain an atmosphere of fervour – the meeting has been so structured. However, in the outside world, it’s a different ball game entirely. You have to create your own atmosphere of fervency.

In the light of this, creating a devotional structure is expedient. By so doing, you place demands and expectations on yourself. Also, it imposes a responsibility on you to do better.

That said, what should be a feature of this devotional structure? Regardless of your circumstances, here are some things to put into consideration. They can be broadly categorised into two: personal and corporate activities.

Personal activities are those activities that involve your time with God all by yourself. Corporate activities are those activities that involve others. You must take advantage of both.

These activities include:

Church services. Hebrews 10:24-25 admonishes us to not forsake the assembly of the brethren for it helps stir us unto love and good works.

The church has always been God’s strategy for our spiritual growth (Ephesians 4:11-13). If you desire to stay fired up, make attending church services a priority in your life.

Quiet times. A believer must set aside personal time to fellowship with God through study and prayer. Jesus, God in the flesh, had a habit of spending time with God (Mark 1:35, Luke 11:1, Luke 6:12). If He took fellowshipping with God seriously, why shouldn’t we?

Seasons of prayer and fasting. We have to admit that ours is a busy world. It’s quite easy to be consumed by its demands so much that our devotional lives take a backseat. If you want to stay fired up, include seasons of fasting and prayer in your yearly schedule. You will be better for it.

Evangelism. Nothing keeps a believer on his toes like evangelism. Apart from the fact that it’s a commandment given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20), talking about our faith with others helps us to demonstrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us. This is a vital way of staying fired up!

You can do personal evangelism or join a group. Just make sure you’re sharing your faith on a regular basis.

Other activities you can include in your devotional structure include discussing scripture with friends during a visit or via online platforms, tuning in to devotional platforms like Triumph 30, reading christian books, poring over notes taken during service and the likes.

If all these and more are a part of your devotional structure, you are bound to stay fired up all year round.

*Today’s devotional has a specific aim – to help you keep the fire burning after the Reboot Camp 2020. Do well to always refer back to it from time to time.