BE INTENTIONAL

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“And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit”
Ephesians 5:18 HCSB

Imagine you saw a person sternly staring at a bottle of alcohol and when you asked what they were trying to do, they said that they were trying to get drunk. Isn’t that hilarious?

Beloved, this is what it looks like to desire fervency but do nothing to attain it. Our anchor text instructs us to be filled with the Spirit and doing so, just like getting drunk, would require intentionality.

As believers, we often experience spiritual highs and lows. Following a prayer meeting or conference, we experience a high that makes our devotional lives vibrant. However, as time passes and like a fire slowly dying, we begin to struggle through our devotion.

At this point, many believers either feel bad about the struggle or embrace it as their new normal and it ought not to be so. While we are on this side of eternity, we are bound to face struggles. Pressures of life, busy schedules and tiredness are normal but we must not allow them to be an excuse for prayerlessness.

As I have often said, the cure for prayerlessness is to pray! What you need to do is be intentional. Staying ablaze is not a mere encouragement, it is an instruction in the word. We see Paul instruct Timothy (and us by extension) to fan the flames of the gift of God within him.

2 Timothy 1:6 NIV says:
“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.”

You must also remember that you are a minister of the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:19), and you must reckon that without sustaining your fire, ministry would not be effective. We need to burn consistently if we are to perform signs and wonders to approve the message of Christ. (Acts 1:8)

We have already received the Spirit, the fuel that sustains the fire. If your fire would never go out, it is your responsibility to keep the wood burning (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Like the priests did in the tabernacle, it is your duty to consistently burn wood on your altar (Leviticus 6:12-13). And unlike the person who drinks to get drunk, you are to remain filled with the Spirit to speak truth (Ephesians 5:18-20).

BE INTENTIONAL
“And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit”
Ephesians 5:18 HCSB

Imagine you saw a person sternly staring at a bottle of alcohol and when you asked what they were trying to do, they said that they were trying to get drunk. Isn’t that hilarious?

Beloved, this is what it looks like to desire fervency but do nothing to attain it. Our anchor text instructs us to be filled with the Spirit and doing so, just like getting drunk, would require intentionality.

As believers, we often experience spiritual highs and lows. Following a prayer meeting or conference, we experience a high that makes our devotional lives vibrant. However, as time passes and like a fire slowly dying, we begin to struggle through our devotion.

At this point, many believers either feel bad about the struggle or embrace it as their new normal and it ought not to be so. While we are on this side of eternity, we are bound to face struggles. Pressures of life, busy schedules and tiredness are normal but we must not allow them to be an excuse for prayerlessness.

As I have often said, the cure for prayerlessness is to pray! What you need to do is be intentional. Staying ablaze is not a mere encouragement, it is an instruction in the word. We see Paul instruct Timothy (and us by extension) to fan the flames of the gift of God within him.

2 Timothy 1:6 NIV says:
“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.”

You must also remember that you are a minister of the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:19), and you must reckon that without sustaining your fire, ministry would not be effective. We need to burn consistently if we are to perform signs and wonders to approve the message of Christ. (Acts 1:8)

We have already received the Spirit, the fuel that sustains the fire. If your fire would never go out, it is your responsibility to keep the wood burning (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Like the priests did in the tabernacle, it is your duty to consistently burn wood on your altar (Leviticus 6:12-13). And unlike the person who drinks to get drunk, you are to remain filled with the Spirit to speak truth (Ephesians 5:18-20).

Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 13:1-13, 2 Corinthians 11: 1-15, Psalms 106: 1-23, 1 Samuel 26-28

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