Is your heart on fire for God?
Have you ever had one of those “mountaintop experiences”, like at a Christian retreat, where you felt your passion reignited for the Lord? It felt as if the presence of God was enveloping you. Your heart was so full of love and joy that you couldn’t contain it.
You committed to yourself that you were going to read your Bible every day and serve others in your church. You encountered the Lord and hungered for more. This is what it feels like to have your heart on fire for God.
But soon after leaving the retreat, you go back into your regular daily life and soon forget that flame inside your heart. It’s been days or weeks since you have picked up your Bible. And going to church seems more like a chore than a true desire to spend time in worship and fellowship with other believers. When we get so busy in our lives, the fire for God starts to dwindle.
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Are You On Fire For God?
New Christians are the best because their flames often burn as bright as the sun! Their newfound freedom in Christ literally exudes from everything they do and say. Older (not by age but by how long they’ve been a Christ-follower) Christians often don’t have that same spark. I guess you can relate it to when a couple first starts dating and how “in love” they are with each other compared to how they are after 40 years of marriage. What happened to the spark?
Have you lost your fire for God? If so, what is keeping your heart from rekindling that flame? Maybe it is time for you to re-evaluate what is important in your life. We can usually find time for what we think is important in life but forget all about making God a priority. It is quite easy to fall into a rut and lose your fire for God if we aren’t intentional about cultivating and developing our relationship with Him.
Perhaps this is the season you are in. Satan loves these seasons because it takes our eyes off of Jesus. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). But there is hope to find a way out of the “slump” and set your heart on fire again.
Fire is consuming and burns bright and hot. It is used to shape, refine, and purify. When you ask God to set your heart on fire, you are asking Him to consume you from the inside out. It is a desire to let your heart come alive with the desires of God. You will be so overwhelmed by passion and love for God that you won’t be able to contain it. You will want more of His character, more of His presence and more of the Holy Spirit.
How Do You Set Your Heart on Fire For God?
In order to set to keep the flame burning bright for Jesus, you must fix your eyes on the things above and be filled by the Holy Spirit. Our hearts were made to be alive and on fire for God. We are meant to passionately pursue Him with all of our hearts, minds, and souls. The Holy Spirit within you will change you from the inside out so that your heart will feel like it is going to burst open in excitement. He will help us place what is true in our hearts so that they might be ablaze towards God.
When Christ becomes the center of your life, your heart and soul will be satisfied and you will never want anything less. Nothing else compares to the love of Jesus.
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 NIV
How do You Keep Your Faith Burning Bright
How exactly do you keep the flame of Jesus burning bright in your life? How do you keep from becoming a “lukewarm” Christian? The answer is quite simple. Always make Jesus the priority.
Just like in a marriage, the flame often goes out because they simply stopped prioritizing their relationship.
This is something you will have to intentionally work at. We can’t let life get in the way of us seeking and pursuing God. We must gather the necessary fuel for the fire. It must never go out. We must keep it burning bright. This sounds more laborious than it is. These four ways to keep your faith burning bright are simple things you can incorporate into your daily or weekly routine.
To keep your faith burning bright, start with the basics – prayer. Regular communication with Him will help keep the passion for Him burning. God is seeking communion and fellowship with us, but we must respond. Only God can open up the human heart to know Him. If we are on fire for God, we will develop the intimate relationship He desires with us. Being in God’s continual presence will help stir a fire in your heart.
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Fully surrender your heart and mind to God. Ask God to show you how you can seek Him in all that you do. Ask Him to fill your heart with a desire and hunger for more of Him. God is a consuming fire, let your heart be set ablaze by being in prayer with Him.
Meditate on God’s Word
In order for you to keep your heart on fire for God, you must meditate on God’s Word. There you will discover more about who He is and His love and grace for His children. You have to meditate on it. The Word must become alive in you. Let God’s Word saturate your mind and heart. Get to know Him better so you can learn more about how He is working in your current circumstances. To better know Him is to love Him more and to love Him more you must learn about Him in the Bible.
In Luke 24:32, the two men had their hearts ablaze by the Word of God. They didn’t waste even a minute to tell the other disciples that Jesus had been resurrected! He had brought the truth of the gospel to the front and center of their lives. They had heard the Word of the Lord and were then able to do the work of the Lord. If you are going to feel the same fire for God, you need to put Jesus at the front and center of your life by meditating on God’s Word daily.
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither; whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:2-3
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17
Whenever I serve others, I always get a joyful feeling inside. I have been on countless mission trips where I come back with a heart fully on fire for God. It is like fresh water is poured on me and I am refreshed. I get empowered and fired up to continually show other people who Christ is. When our hearts are set on Jesus, we won’t be able to keep ourselves from serving others and sharing the Good News of the Gospel.
Be the hands and feet of Jesus to set your heart on fire for God. When you follow Christ’s example and serve other people, you will see God’s love in action and it will stir your heart closer to God’s.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11
Fellowship With Other Believers
Surround yourself and fellowship with other believers. We were made for community and fellowship which is why it is so important to our faith walk. I attend a weekly Community Group through my church and always leave feeling fired up for God.
Our experiences and stories can help fuel joy for the Lord in others. All you have to do is find a group of believers who can help keep you in the Word and to keep you on fire for God. In turn, you can also help spark a fire in other people for the Lord. Through accountability, encouragement, and discipleship, you will be sure to remain on fire for God.
We are called to share the Good News of Jesus with non-believers. It isn’t enough to simply join the family – we are supposed to keep bringing in new members!
When we witness to others we often do it by way of sharing a personal testimony or maybe a testimony of someone else that we got to see playout. Don’t you get excited when sharing these stories? Doesn’t it get your blood pumping?
One of the best ways to get your heart pumping again with excitement for Jesus is to simply tell others how amazing He is and how you’ve literally observed his amazing Grace!
Rekindle Your Faith to Burn for Jesus!
Rekindling your faith means putting off your old self and taking up your new identity. You must focus on being Christ-centered and displacing your self-centeredness. Then and only then can Jesus fill your heart and set it on fire to do what He has called you to do.
Be intentional about setting your heart and mind on the things above. Remember the joy of being in the presence of the Lord. You’ve tasted and seen that God is good. You’ve felt His presence. Now live on fire for God.
Have you placed your faith and hope in the finished work of Jesus Christ? If not, I would invite you to reach out so we can share more about how to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matthew 3:11
If we want to sustain the hope that is made available through Jesus Christ, we must keep our hearts burning inside us.