That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] . . .2 Timothy 1:6.  Many of us know what it is like to be, “on fire” for the Lord. We also know what it is like for everything in your life to feel like it is pouring water on that fire. Ten days into the New Year and I feel burnt out. I’m tired. I was not even in the mood to write. The fire that God has put in us must be fanned, must be stirred up.

 We have a fire pit in our back yard and we like to roast hot dogs and marshmellows in it. Sometimes we have a little trouble getting a fire started. . . and when we get it started . . . keeping it going. We usually end up using lighter fluid to get it started. We also take litte things that we know are gonna catch fire easy to get things going. We then make sure that we have enough logs on the fire to burn awhile. These longs eventually need to be poked and stirred up, and also new logs need to be added. We have a strategy to keeping the fire lit.

Our spiritual fire is like that. You ever wonder why you get on fire for Jesus when you are at a camp or retreat? God’s ordained way of stiring up your flame takes place. Along with that the water is dammed up. We turn into an inferno of love and worship. Granted alot of people just get hyped up at camp because of the enviroment, many of us have our faith catch on fire.  Then we step back into everyday life, and it is like the fire department just turned one of those big water hoses on you. We also stop feeding the fire when we get back into our routine.

So what does God want us to do to keep our fire lit? Well one of those ways is to spend time in His Word and prayer. Man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). If you want to die, stop eating food and you will starve to death. If you want to die spiritually stop eating (reading, meditating on, applying) God’s Word. A fire needs food, and to be on fire for God you need to throw logs on that fire, you need to give it fuel and something to burn on. We also need to die to ourselves and submit to the Spirit, who is the fire in us, constantly being in prayer, listening, keeping in step and not letting our selfishness, pride, and lust, spray water on that fire. When we allow the Spirit to have free reign in us he lights us up with fire for God.

A second way to keep our fire lit is to spend time with people who are on fire. If I want a log to catch on fire, throwing it into the already burning logs is the best way I know how. We are not supposed to do this Christian thing on our own. We are a Body. We are to gather together and stir each other up. Hebrews 10:23-25, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

I remember in 2006 a practice that I had that caused me to burn hot. I was a youth minster in Enid,OK. There was a young man who helped lead the youth group, by the name of Isaac King. Isaac and I would make it a point to get together once a week . . . all alone . . . at the church . . . late at night . . . with the only goal being to hear from God, and challenge each other to walk in obedience.

We would spend hours reading scripture, sharing struggles and victories, preaching to each other . . .  we would just get up there and say, “God meet with us and we allowed the Holy Spirit to have His way, and He lit us on fire.  I remember very well our first meeting. We planned to meet together to talk about the youth group. We were frustrated by their apathy and disunity. The first meeting was to pray for these kids to get right and wake up. Half way through the meeting we realized that we didn’t need to be frustrated with them . . . we needed to be broken for them. We realized that we had been preaching, and Isaac had been leading worship but . . .  had we been radically loving and serving these kids? Isaac said, “Maybe it us that need to wake up!”  We heard from God what we needed to do, and we did it. From then on we met once a week so that we could keep each other awake and stir up the fire in each other. Isaac was contagious, and when I spent time with Him I caught fire for Jesus Christ, and he caught fire from me.  Take the time to get with other believers and take inventory of your spiritual lives and let God move in you thru each other!  

Lastly, find out what fans your flame and do it. For me going on prayer runs, or playing spiritual basketball(i will explain this in an upcoming devo), or listening to Christian rap, writing devotions, preaching, and many other things fans my flame. What gets you excited for Jesus? Based on this devotion, Im gonna get off of this computer right now and go get in the Word with my wife and pray together. I probably will take my ipod to work with me so I can listen to some Lecrae, and I need to call some of my hardcore freaks for Jesus buddies and talk. I love you readers, and pray that these devotions fan the flame in your life. Im out!