Rekindling the Flame

Originally written for the monthly "Men of The Master" breakfast at Calvary Chapel San Bernardino in 2002. This was my first time speaking to a large group of people.

Isaiah 40:28-31

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

As a new Christian, I have had the blessing of witnessing GODS hand in and around my life. I have seen his handy work around me, and often stand in amazement. I have seen fruit abound, and have been a partaker of much encouragement. God has been so good, to surround me with brothers and sisters who have the gift of encouragement. I wake up each day and begin my walk knowing I am right with God and can say with assurance; “THERE IS NO BETTER LIFE THAN THAT OF ONE “LIVING IN CHRIST”

In recent days past, there has been a certain undertone in my encounters with some brothers; THE FIRE IN MY SOUL HAS BEEN QUENCHED I can tell you with all honesty, I have already had that happen to me. I found myself wavering, and weak. I felt my service had diminished. I felt alone, and doubting. The enemy had attacked. The fire had been quenched. I was in trouble and fear begin to grip me. I cried out;

“LORD, WHERE ARE YOU?” WHY IS MY LIGHT DIM? WHY AM I LUKEWARM? WHY HAVE THE FLAMES SUBSIDED?

Praise be to God, He is good, and He is faithful, and HE spoke to me through his Word, and through prayer. And HE answered, “I am right here, I never left you, I have never forsaken you.” He that started a good work in you, will complete it. How do I know this?

*Num 23:19 *

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

What this tells us, is; God keeps His promises, if you don't know anything else, know this, God keeps His promises. Gentlemen I can tell you with assurance, if you want that fire rekindled, re-ignited burning bright inside your heart, You have to, FAN THE FLAMES

Ask GOD for a fresh breath of HIS SPIRIT. Dive into HIS Word and bathe yourself in His blood, in His righteousness, rinse yourself in HIS living water Re-consecrate your life and seek HIM;

  • REJOICE in GOD'S PROMISES
  • SALVATION
  • LIBERTY
  • FORGIVENESS
  • PEACE
  • REST Fellowship with the Father, through the Son, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. All these blessings are ours when we first look to the cross in faith.

Hope and eternal life with God; These by the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Reflect on all GOD has given you. Live your life in constant fellowship with HIM. Let your light shine bright. Let down the facade. Throw down the idols, and lift up your arms to the Lord For HE alone is worthy.

HE is; * Our savior * Our redeemer * Our Friend * Our God Paul said: in Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

It has been your encouragement, your prayers, your love, that lifted me out of my fear and doubt. Thanksgiving Day was a pivotal point in my walk, and I have GOD to thank for that. God used you, to minister to me. I felt GODS presence in the sanctuary;

  • HIs Love
  • His Mercy
  • His Tenderness
  • His Faithfulness
  • His Grace I came to a humbling realization of all I had, and all I have hope for. A came face to face with the sobering fact that I serve a living and all powerful GOD I found myself broken, and with a contrite heart, and the LORD used you to rekindle the flame in my soul. He dispatched you to my aid. He breathed new life in me, through you. You are my family. We are;

  • His Children

  • He is our Father
  • One day, we will go home with Him in Heaven

In closing,

Brothers, ………………FAN THE FLAMES OF YOUR SOUL

Exhort one another Pray for each other Prop up the arms of your brothers if you have too Love the Lord with all your heart mind and soul. For He alone is worthy.

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