Increase God’s Fire in Your Life With These Spiritual Principles

Increase God’s Fire in Your Life With These Spiritual Principles by Bob Sawvelle for Charisma Mag

Note: This is the second in a series of three articles. For part 1, click here.

John Wesley is one of my heroes of the faith. His 18th-century life affected the course of church history.

Along with his brother Charles, George Whitfield and others, he ignited a revival movement in London, England that later became the Methodist Church. His passion for Christ exploded during a meeting May 24, 1738, in Aldersgate, a district in London.

John had become desperate to know God intimately. He had observed the faith and zeal of Moravian Christians who were experiencing a powerful revival. That evening, he reluctantly attended the meeting at Aldersgate.

While listening to someone read Luther’s Preface to Romans, John states, “I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” Fresh fire and passion ignited in John’s heart.

From that time forward, John was different—his preaching, his passion, and zeal for Christ were red hot. Many came to Christ through his life, and powerful manifestations of the Spirit were common in his meetings—including healing.

John had learned how to become a fire and he taught others how to maintain the fire of God in their lives. He taught his followers to be “disciplined” about spiritual matters and to seek God fervently. John knew as truth that there is a prescribed order to maintaining the fire of God in our lives as believers.

Is Jesus Your Passion?

In my last article, I said that each of us must pursue finding and knowing God. That is the starting place for maintaining the fire of God in your life.

Learning practical steps to living in ongoing encounter with God keeps your love for Jesus alive, fresh and fiery. Love is passionate and pursues God zealously.

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