Burn for God: How to Keep The Fire Alive
Relationships are a lot of work; they require patience, tolerance, sacrifice and as many virtues as you can think of irrespective of your partner’s shortcomings and flaws. Love is what brings people together in the first place but it takes time, commitment, and dedication to keep it standing. This is especially true in our relationship with God.
God has done his part on the cross of Calvary in order to fight to have a relationship with us however, we need to make conscious efforts to grow, protect, and nurture this relationship just as we would with any other human relationship. Here are some practical tips on how to keep burning with passion for God.
Set out a specific time each day to meet with Him
Apart from church, consecrate a time alone with Him where you won’t be preoccupied or distracted. During that time don’t only speak to Him but also let Him speak to you; enjoy His presence as you let Him enjoy yours. You’ve heard, ‘absence makes the heart fonder’ but that’s not true with God. The more time you spend with Him and experience His presence, the hungrier for Him you’ll become. The more you get to know Him, the more you’ll realize there is more to be known about Him, and the more you will desire to find it out.
Keep It Spicy
If you are bored with your relationship with God, chances are God is probably yawning also. Try changing up the songs in your worship playlist instead of playing the same ones over and over. You can also try doing different things like taking a walk with God, worshipping outdoors by a lake or beach, listening to sermons from different preachers, switching up the time you worship, or even dancing with Him during worship. Worshipping God or spending time with Him shouldn’t become a chore we do grudgingly because we have to, but it should be something we look forward to and do out of passion.
Let God Consume Your Thoughts
It’s important to try to keep God in your thoughts throughout the day. You can do this by meditating on a different scripture each day and thinking about how to apply it to your life. It’s also important to live in constant prayer to God making sure to talk to Him throughout the day about everything you are doing, plan to do, etc. Meditating on all the things He’s done for you, all the trials He’s brought you through, and all the blessings that He has poured out onto you is also a good way to keep Him in your thoughts! Keeping God in your mind is a sure way of keeping the fire burning because it leaves little room for the devil to sneak in through your thoughts.
Trials and tribulations are meant to grow us into a deeper level rather than take us back to square one. When we hurt, God wants us to tell Him exactly where it hurts and how it hurts. He wants us to tell Him if we are angry, sad, or can’t even describe what we feel. If you are in a season in your life where you feel like the fire is dying, you’ve lost your passion, or you are too weak to make it through the test, tell God because that is when He will be able to move on your behalf and give you a new fire and grace to get you through.
Always Keep a Godly Circle
Passion is contagious! The importance of Godly friends can never be overemphasized. Jesus himself was surrounded by people but his closest friends were His disciples, those who were like-minded as Him. When He was smitten by grief because of what He was about to go through on the cross, He took his friends to pray with Him. Like a candle can light up another, Godly friends can help you ignite your fire when it’s burning low. They can remind you of God’s faithfulness when you’re feeling low, admonish you with the word when you’re going in the wrong direction, and rejoice with you in the times of harvest. Having a Godly circle and Godly counsel is a must.
God loves us and has extended His hand of friendship to us. By dying on the cross for our sins He has done His part and He will always be faithful to it. It’s left for us to work with Him and treasure the relationship enough to take it seriously and put it first in our lives, making sure to never let the fire die.
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