This Act Allows Holy Spirit to Breathe God’s Passion on You by BOB SAWVELLE for Charisma News
In my last article I asked these questions: “Is Jesus your passion, and desire? Do you love him with every ounce of your heart? How desperate are you ‘to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge’?” (Eph. 3:19).
If you cannot answer with a firm “Yes!” then perhaps your “first love” for Him has grown cold.
Here is the great news—a humble admission and fresh surrender to God positions you for the Holy Spirit to breathe God’s love and passion upon your heart once again. Prayer with fasting is a great way to humble yourself and draw near to God. Hunger pulls on heaven. Expectancy brings heaven’s realm into your life. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matt. 5:6).
When you return to “first love,” God quickly honors your fresh commitment. The essence of revival is love for Jesus. The Holy Spirit reawakens true love and passion—the things of the world grow dim and single-minded focus on God takes precedence.
Paul wrote to the believers in Rome, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Rom. 12:11, NIV). The surest way to maintain the fire of God in your life is to keep your spiritual fervor and never lose zeal for the Lord! However, if your love for God has grown cold, quickly repent, turn back to Christ and begin to live completely for Him once again (Rev. 2:4-5).
The fire of God’s presence is beginning to fall fresh on His church. Fire draws. Fire captivates. Fire consumes. Revival fire awakens hearts to first love—it becomes a consuming, passionate fire once again. God is inviting His “glorious church” to steadfast love in this hour. Let us continue our discussion of practical steps to maintaining the fire of God in your life.
Practical Principles for Maintaining the Fire of God in Your Life
- Consume God’s Word. The fourth principle to maintain God’s fire in your life is to consume—read, meditate and study—God’s Word. Moses declares in Deuteronomy the significance of God’s Word to the Israelites:
“He humbled you and let you suffer hunger, and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:3, MEV).