Reignite the Flame

JOURNAL: Pause and think back to when you met The Lord.
(Maybe you’re just getting to know Him, and that’s okay. I’m going to say that again - that’s okay. All of our stories are unique to us because He is our personal Lord and Savior).

What feelings arose in you when you fell in love with Christ?
Excitement, curiosity, confusion, nervousness? 
Did you have (ONE MILLION) questions?
Was there a burning in your soul, much like a flame that wouldn’t go out? 

The biggest question I have for you today is → Does that flame still burn in you?
Or maybe a better way to ask it is → Does the flame still burn as hot?

Be enthusiastic to serve the Lord, keeping your passion toward him boiling hot! Radiate with the glow of the Holy Spirit and let him fill you with excitement as you serve him. - Romans 12:11 (TPT)  

I love the description of “boiling hot” and “radiating with the glow of the Holy Spirit.”  The verse reminds me of the excitement I felt when I got to know The Lord and has caused me to assess where my passion is now.

This is a great time to reflect on and refresh your time with Jesus. Who reading this is thinking, “How do I rekindle the flame?”

Here are some “how-to’s” for my like-minded practical friends:
  1. Repent for putting things before Christ.

  1. Pray and ask The Lord to help prioritize the new year.

  1. Ideas of ways to maintain the flame:
  • Create a space that draws you in to meet with The Lord.
  • Join or lead a Small Group.
  • Meet with someone to discuss a book of the Bible.
  • Listen to a Bible based podcast or some worship music while you go for a walk.
  • Buy a new journal and some fun pens and start writing down what God’s saying. 

There are many ways to rekindle the flame; but know this, friend, The Lord loves you and truly wants to spend time with you. Don’t make it rigid or legalistic. Please don’t let shame attach to you if your flame has been snuffed out.

Recently The Lord has shown me flames during my quiet time so I did a bit of a deep dive into the meaning of colors of flames. I discovered that a blue flame “indicates that gas is being burned efficiently without any unburned or wasted gas.”  What a great visual and reminder that God doesn’t waste anything.  He’s efficient and on time. 

  • Think back to times when you were consistent with your quiet time with Christ. What did you do and/or what was different in your life when you stuck with it?

  • What does your ideal time with Christ look like? Consider your surroundings and what appeals to your senses? 

  • What would it take to create that time with Jesus on a regular basis? 

Thank you, Lord, for a new year and a new season. Thank You for forgiving us and for Your grace when we don’t put You first. Help us get our priorities in order. Lord, we are excited to rekindle the flame.
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