Keep the Fire Burning
Have you ever thought about what you are passionate about or about the things you desire most? For parents watching their children grow and mature, this is something that we get to witness first-hand. It could be watching your daughter’s love for baking grow. Or maybe it’s their love of boxing that is unfolding right before your eyes. See, when children are passionate about something, they tend to go “all in” for the things they desire. They feed their passion by practice, by asking questions, by learning from mistakes. It is exactly that desire and passion that God wants us to have for Him!
During this pandemic environment, there has been a huge opportunity for people to reflect on their lives and what it is that they are passionate about. There are so many instances of people having a spiritual transformation; it has made their old life their old “normal” impossible. For many people, it has renewed their passion for God. But what happens when the pandemic ends, when the stay-at-home orders are lifted? Will you be able to keep the passion, the fire burning, or will you slide back to the old normal?
1 Peter 5:8 states “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The Devil will try to use any trick he has to keep you from experiencing God. The Devil will use any means necessary, say a pandemic, to suppress your fire from burning for God. We must fight against the Devil and his schemes. Being a Christian is about passion and faithfulness to God. Not that you will be perfect, but that you earnestly desire to follow him with all that you have. What would you rather be when it comes to your walk with Jesus: a flicker of a match that is small, a fleeting or a roaring fire that is bright and lasting?
In Leviticus 6:8-9, 12-13, God is not just giving the priests an order about how to keep some random wood burning. God is teaching the priests how to keep passion for Him burning throughout their lives. The first thing that He is teaching us is that we need to feed the fire with regularity. This means that we need to meditate on His word. You do this by reading your bible daily. This really must be a daily thing. The plain fact is that we are consistent in the things we think are important. Spending time in and with God’s word is of the highest importance.
God teaches us two other things we should do to keep the fire for Him burning. We need to feed it with praise. Praise is an act of sacrifice and when we don’t praise him, it begins to diminish our flame for him. Both Philippians 4:4-7 and 1Thessalonians 5:16-20 tell us that we are to praise the Lord, that we are to rejoice in the Lord. Choosing not to rejoice is choosing not to praise God. The last thing God teaches us during this passage is that we need to feed our fire with love. God was teaching the priests that by adding fresh, new wood to the fire each morning was an act of love. Offering fresh, new wood to the altar showed that the priests were holding nothing back, that they were giving their best to the one they loved. 1 John 4:7-12 tells us that what love is in fact wasn’t that we loved God first, but that He Loved us first. Let the love of Jesus help you love the Father and other people.
What about you? Will you keep your fire burning for God or will allow it to be snuffed out by the enemy? God is calling you. Feed the fire regularly, feed it with praise and feed it with love.
To view the service & listen to the full sermon by Pastor Armand on 4/26/20 click here: Keep the Fire Burning