Create a spark. Feed the flame. Fan the flame. Feed the flame. Feed the flame. Feed the flame.
I was speaking with My Elizabeth this afternoon and God shared some things to encourage me. He shared many things through her but one thing I want to share is the download about faith. Faith is like fire.
When it comes to growing your faith, it’s like starting a fire. First you gather the materials to start the fire: sticks, a match, dry leaves or kindling. When it comes to building your faith some things you can gather are: the Bible, a pen, a notebook, and maybe a glass of water or a warm beverage. Where you start a fire is important. You wouldn’t start one in the middle of the mall. You be in a place that is conducive to a fire burning without damaging anything. This is somewhat similar to a faith fire. I like to be in a quite, distraction-free environment. I like my phone on ‘do not disturb,’ and the lights lower and calming.
Next you create a spark. With actual fire-starting you strike a match. With starting a faith fire, you open the Word of God. Then once the spark starts to take flame, you feed the fire. Let me take a look at the faith fire for a minute. My Elizabeth explained the spark as reading something in God’s Word until it gives you that jolt in your spirit, that lingering, that ‘I would move on but there is something about what I just read that won’t let me go,’ feeling. That’s the spark! That’s where faith is kindled! That’s where you have a decision on whether or not you will be satisfied with a spark or if you will build to a full on flame!
Now you’re at the point where in order to keep the fire going from the successful spark, you have to feed the fire! Keep adding to what you are getting from God. Rehearse it in your spirit! Look for connections in the Word to the topic that created the spark! And then… fan the flame! Add some wind, some breath to it! That’s your gratitude and worship! That’s your pondering and praise! That’s your, ‘I can’t leave it alone and I won’t!’ Stay in the moment and begin to grow the flame with your worship and praise of thanks to God!
Then my friend, you continue to feed the flame! In order to keep the fire going you must add more sticks to it! With our faith fire, we must add ACTION to what we are getting from God! Faith fuels belief and vice versa! When I start acting out what I believe, God begins to perform His Word and then my belief grows, this feeding my faith! So now in acting on what I believe about God AND what I’ve seen Him do! Our testimony also fans the flame and feeds they faith fire!
Then as we walk out this journey with Holy Spirit, we never cease to feed and fan and feed and fan the flame. And my friend, when the fire seems to go out, and there are times when it does, Holy Spirit sends a fire starter into your life to remind you of the sparks and help you rekindle the flame.
Be encouraged to pause, ponder the sparks you had, create a spark if you’re a little clouded on your recall, and start that flame between you and God again. He is so faithful and wants to fulfill us when we want to know and enjoy life with Him. I thank God for my fire starter today, My Elizabeth. The fire kindled today is bringing me light and warming my soul. To God be the glory.
“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,” -2 Timothy 1:6
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