There is no easy way to stay spiritually hot. I’m sorry to tell you that, but it’s true. Just like there is no easy way to stay physically fit. You’ve got to put in the time. But here are three things you can do that will absolutely produce the results you are looking for.
I love sitting by my fireplace. It takes a while to get it burning red-hot, but once it is, it’s well worth the effort! The thing I hate though is having to constantly get up and put a fresh log on the fire, but if I didn’t it would eventually go out. It’s the same with your spiritual fire.
Here are three logs you can throw on your spiritual fire that are sure to keep it burning red-hot:
Yup, I’m hitting the hardest one first because it’s the one that will give you the most heat. There are some logs I put on the fire that don’t burn very well. But others catch fire quickly and burn long and bright. Fasting is one of these!
You might wonder why fasting produces such amazing results like; spiritual clarity, freedom from oppression, physical healing, relational reconciliation, guidance, protection, hearing God’s voice, and God’s rewards. (Isaiah 58; Matthew 6:17,18; Hebrews 11:6; 2 Chronicles 20)
Fasting is about humility and humility releases the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is the way it is with all the spiritual disciplines. You might ask, “Why do we have to put so much energy into keeping our spiritual fires burning, why doesn’t He just set us on fire?” He can do that, you know. I believe it’s because;
God knows that it is in the process of pursuing Him that we are transformed.
As you set yourself aside to seek God, you peel off distractions and secondary things that weigh you down. You get clarity on what is creating unbelief, fear, doubt, and temptation in your life and as you strip these things off (see Hebrews 12:1-3) you become more like Jesus and are freer to pursue His calling in your life.
(Interestingly, I just got a call from one of my leaders while writing this who told me that he has been really struggling lately so he decided to fast a day and a half. The oppression broke off. It’s real.)
If you have not added fasting to your walk with God yet, it will be one of the smartest things you will ever do! (PLEASE SIGN UP HERE for our March Fasting Calendar)
The second bright burning log is believing prayer. Did you know that the word, “Ask” in Luke 11:9, where Jesus talks about a man asking for bread, literally means, “Ask, and keep on asking”?
It even goes beyond that. It says that the reason he got what he was asking for is because he asked with “persistence” or “importunity”. That literally means, “overboldness” and “shamelessness”. Isn’t that awesome? He had FAITH that if he kept BOLDLY asking, seeking, and knocking he would eventually get what he came for.
Usually when we come to God we come sheepishly, unworthily, mousy. We proclaim our insignificance, barely tap on His door and hope to at least get some crumbs from His table, and if we don’t get some in a “reasonable” amount of time, we give up. No wonder we don’t get many prayers answered! This is not the Biblical way of praying.
This guy acted as if he had a right to be there and expected his friend to give him what he came for.
And he didn’t leave until he got it! Now that’s bold, maybe even overbold. I know it can seem wrong, but there is a key to praying like that:
You must put away your beggar mentality and put on your son and daughter identity!
Don’t let shame define you, let the Word of God define you!
This doesn’t mean you are being ungrateful, rude, or out of line, but rather that you have FAITH in the reality of the new birth (2 Corinthians 5:17), that you have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21), are not a sinner but a saint, (Ephesians 1:1), you are forgiven and cleansed when you confess your sin (1 John 1:9), and that God LIKES it when you come to Him in confidence!
“Come boldly before the throne of grace!” Hebrews 4:16
God doesn’t take this as arrogance but rather that you have faith in His redemptive work!
And finally, I want you to notice that in the, “ask, seek, knock story”, it took a friend to ask a friend for a friend.
This brings us to our last log to throw in the fire:
You may have heard the story about the guy who stopped coming to church. The pastor went over to his house and found him sitting in front of his warm fireplace. The pastor sat down next to him but didn’t say a thing. After a while the pastor got up, took a log off the fire and set it aside, then sat back down. Neither one of them spoke. After about twenty minutes the log completely burned out while all the logs that were huddled together were still burning red hot. Then the pastor just got up and left. The guy was in church that very next week.
Truth: You cannot stay spiritually hot alone. You must stay connected to other believers. Go to church. Join a connect group. Go to pre-service prayer. (Hebrews 10:24, 25)
Also, be a fire-starter! What do I mean by that?
I just got off the phone with another church member who told me that she recently began mentoring a younger believer. She said this has made her “dig deep” and uncover some old spiritual truths she discovered early on in her walk.
Who is following you? Who is depending on you to show them the way?
Jesus said that He set Himself apart so that His disciples could be set apart. (John 17:19)
Who are you setting yourself apart for? If you want to keep your fire burning bright, be fire-starter in someone else’ life. (It’s also obeying the Great Commission which is always a good idea)
I guarantee you, if you keep putting these three logs on your spiritual fire, it will never go out!
p.s. Oh yeah, and please SIGN UP HERE for our March fasting calendar! Let’s keep the miracles flowing!