FAN THE FLAMES – CATCH THE FIRE
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Roman 12:11 KJV
Many are the joys of the believer but the greatest of them all is the ever-present gift of the precious Holy Spirit. The impact of the Holy Spirit on the heart of a man is the most profound and extraordinary phenomenon and there is no telling in human words the length or breadth in the adventures of the Spirit. It is paramount that we give ourselves to understand the ministry and the character of the Spirit. However, our focus today is not the character of the Spirit but rather His ability upon the believer. An Important foundation we must lay before we go further is that the ability or empowerment of the Spirit upon the believer is for a predetermined purpose which is service. Hence the Apostle Paul writing to the Corinthians states,
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
1 Corinthians 12:7 KJV
In other words, the believer is a conduit of the ability of the Spirit for the profit of all. This clearly spells out service and it is this same light that the Apostle Paul admonishes the Romans in our opening text. A closer look at this verse shows that Paul is talking not just about Christian living which he already addresses in the preceding verses but Christian service. There is no effective Christian service, except by the ability of the Spirit. So, what’s even more noteworthy is the clause “fervent in Spirit” sandwiched between the other two instructions. The apostle uses this clause to depict a fiery image of the believer as though to say that in other to serve effectively the believer must literally be “on fire”.
“Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord!”
Roman 12:11 CEB
After receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the responsibility to keep that fire burning rests on the believer and no one else. It is for this same reason the apostle admonished the Romans, because if one can be on fire, then there is the possibility of a state of dullness and Lukewarmness which is unacceptable to God.
So, how does one stay on fire in the Spirit? The answer is clearly spelt out in Apostle Paul’s word to Timothy.
“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.”
1 Timothy 1:6 NLT
Fire, by natural consequences when exposed to air will burn out. This is a law and the same is applicable in the spiritual. This was the state Timothy was found in and many believers today can relate. However, Apostle Paul gives a solution; To ignite a dying flame, the only way is to fan it up until the flames grow and can sustain. Hence, Paul’s words to Timothy, alluding to rekindling a weak flame.
The believer is charged with that responsibility of regularly igniting the fire within and the way to get that done is through the activity of effectual fervent praying. Show me a man on fire and I will show you a praying man. The greatest undoing of many Spiritual lives is prayerlessness. As we daily exercise ourselves in prayer, we experience a fresh fire as the anointing of the Holy Spirit bubbles up within us. We will feel energised and we would sense our hearts burning for the Lord once again. In prayer we fan the flames until our hearts are caught on fire.
Father i Thank You for i have the Holy Spirit in me without measure. I’m full of God, with all His power that gives me the dynamic ability to cause changes in my world. As I stir up that power in me by speaking in other tongues, I’m infused with divine strength, divine abilities, and the glory of God is revealed through me, causing me to reign in righteousness, with dominion over all circumstances. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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