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October 22, 2013

Fan the Flame

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Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Each day, as often as posssible, I'll share a few additional thoughts on the blessing I share on Facebook. Here's today's blessing:

Start a Day Prayer: Father in Heaven, I pause this morning and I look to You. Fan the flame within me, Lord! Bring life to the gifts You've imparted to me! Open my eyes to see evidences of Your glory everywhere I turn. Put faith in my heart to step out, to be a necessary miracle in somebody's life today. And as I wait for my own personal breakthroughs, work through me to help someone else break through to their next place of promise. I love You, Lord. I need You every hour. And I have You every moment of every hour. I'm abundantly blessed. Amen.

A while back I received

I received an email from a precious woman who wondered why I’ve not posted for a while.

I asked her what she’d like me to write about and she replied, “How do you get the fire/zeal back in to your prayer time?  Why do we go through these dry places where our prayers seem blah (and very "me" centered). Why is reading the Word sometimes a chore instead of a delight?  

Great questions, no? 

So here’s my best answer: TRUST…

A while back I had author Emily Freeman on my show and she said the best thing: Is it more important to please God or to trust Him?She went on to say, “If we focus on pleasing God, we’ll quickly get into striving; but if we entrust ourselves to Him, and trust Him for all He is, we’ll stay in that place of grace, and we’ll please Him in the process (my paraphrase).”

 

Using ‘TRUST’ as an acronym, here are few things I learned about reigniting my prayer life:

 

T- Thanksgiving: Almost always, when I sense that the fire has gone out and my passion has waned, it’s because I stopped being grateful, stopped thanking God for all of the blessings I enjoy. When we focus too much on what we don’t have and on what God is not giving us as the moment, we lose sight of the fact that God is always wonderfully good, is beautifully for us, and will never forsake us. Start today by thanking Him for everything you’d miss tomorrow if you woke up and it wasn’t there.

 

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 

 

R – Repentance: Another fire-quencher is sin and selfish attitudes. Scripture says that His kindness leads us to repentance. When you’ve spent some time thanking God, conviction returns to your soul. Take the next step is to dare to say, ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts; see if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in your everlasting way.’ (See Psalm 139). Confession is a cleansing, beautiful thing. God draws especially near to the humble, repentant heart.

 

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (James 5:16).

 

U – Understand: Oftentimes when we feel our flame flickering and not burning brightly, it’s because we’ve approached God only for what He can do for us and not for who He is. A sure way to fan our spiritual flame is to seek Him for all He is worth! Still bring your requests before Him, but then lay them down at His feet, and seek to know His heart. He is the star-breathing God, the Lord of Lords, the King of kings, and the God of angel armies! He is high and lifted up and yet intimately right here. He loves you. Get to know Him more and you’ll have a better understanding of how He is working in your current circumstances. To better know Him is to love Him more; and to know Him is to be filled to the fullness with Him (see Ephesians).

 

Knowing the Holy One results in understanding (Proverbs 9:10).

 

S – Stand: When we don’t feel God’s presence and His promises don’t exactly feel true, it’s time to stand on the Word of God because it is true. When I find myself feeling more earthbound than heaven-bound, I rise up, walk around my house, and proclaim the promises of God written over my life. I will not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord! (because I struggle with health issues) God’s grace abounds in my life so I can abound in every good work! (because I’m constantly in over my head). When I stand on God’s promises, and my ears hear my mouth say what’s true, in due time, my heart believes again that His Word is true. I challenge you, walk around, stomp your feet if you have to, and proclaim the promises of God. Take your stand right where you stand!

 

For your promises are backed by all the honor of your name (Psalm 138:2).

 

S – Surrender: Another thing I’ve noticed is that surrender and spiritual passion are closely linked. When I find myself hanging on to my own understanding, or when I rely more heavily on my fears than I do on God’s faithfulness, it’s like a throwing a wet blanket on my spiritual flame. What’s my answer? I get on my knees, open my hands, and I surrender my everything to the Lord once again. I give Him my worries, my ‘what if’s’ and the deep desires of my heart. I’m only dealing with partial information. He knows what’s best for me (and for you). Try actually getting on your knees, opening your hands, and releasing the things you’ve been white-knuckling up to this point. Say to the Lord, 'Father, what does obedience look like here? And who do You want to be to me here? My Deliverer? Defender? Strong Tower? I surrender to You. Show me Your greatness in this place.'

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

 

T – Trust: Here we are, back at trust. When I lose perspective on life, I’ve somewhere along the line stopped trusting God. Here are a few things that are important to remember:      

*He has a plan for your life that is your best case scenario     

*He is faithful, true, and made Himself available to you   

*He is good and kind and true; you can trust Him to get you safely home

 

You can trust Him. You can trust Him. If your passion has waned it's time to re-engage your heart, to renew your mind, to humble yourself in His presence, and then to rise up knowing that you are His, and He is yours. You are blessed, indeed.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

I hope this helps you to fan the flame within you! You are so very precious to God!

~Until next time I post. J

Thanks for the nudge, Roberta. 

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May you experience the rest and provision of God where you've only known striving and surviving. May you experience God's great strength come to bear where you've only known weakness and frustration. May you experience fresh life and hope where you've only known heartbreak and struggle. Jesus is alive and at work in the world today. May your life reflect His redeeming power! May you walk with faith and expectancy today!

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May 19, 2019

New Seeds and Fresh Strength

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May the Lord dig up the stones of pain, regret, and angst from your soil and deliver you once and for all. May He turn over the soil of your heart and plant new seeds of faith, vision, and purpose specific to your life's calling. May He heal those deep places that nag you. May He strengthen those weak places that leave you feeling vulnerable. And may He overwhelm you with a fresh revelation of His love so you can believe that NOTHING is impossible with God on your side! 

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May 16, 2019

Look Up & Live

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May the sense of Jesus' presence be especially tangible to you today. May the reality of His love sink deep into your bones. May His voice ring true amidst the chaos of the culture. May you refuse worry, fear, and insecurity because you belong to Him. Jesus has made promises to you that He intends to keep. May the promise of His return compel you to look up and live accordingly. You are precious, honored, and loved by One who saved you. Have a blessed and beautiful day today!

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May 15, 2019

Sickness Swallowed Up!

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May God's perfect love swallow up every single fear and anxious thought. May Jesus renew your perspective in a way that brings you peace and assurance. In Jesus’ Name, may cancer (sickness and disease) bow down at the feet of Jesus and flee from your body this very moment. May your loved ones find their strength in Christ alone. May God do for you what you cannot do for yourself. And, may your every moment be filled with grace and peace, healing and rest, perspective and power, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

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May 14, 2019

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May God wildly increase your capacity to walk with Him. May His power and His promises impact your every word and every step. May He increase your territory, establish your influence, and awaken your faith. May He deepen your love, broaden your perspective, and multiple your compassion. In every way, may you know God’s redeeming, multiplying power in your life. May humble and holy spiritual momentum be yours. Walk forward in faith today.

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May 13, 2019

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May God remove every hindrance that keeps you from knowing His love in a way that changes you. May He change every circumstance that sends a lying message to you. May He highlight every trial He's using to train you into a warrior. And may He remind you that all of heaven is on your side. You are very close to His heart. Walk fully assured today that He's got you, He loves you, and He intends to set you free.

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May 12, 2019

Close to His Heart

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May God remove every hindrance that keeps you from knowing His love in a way that changes you. May He change every circumstance that sends a lying message to you. May He highlight every trial He's using to train you into a warrior. And may He remind you that all of heaven is on your side. You are very close to His heart. Walk intimately with Him today.

 

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May 09, 2019

Holy, Spiritual Momentum

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May God wildly increase your capacity to walk with Him. May His power and His promises impact your every word and every step. May He increase your territory, establish your influence, and awaken your faith. May He deepen your love, broaden your perspective, and multiple your compassion. In every way, may you know God’s redeeming, multiplying power in your life. May humble and holy spiritual momentum be yours. Walk forward in faith today.

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May 08, 2019

Someone Jesus Loves

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May you--above all else--see yourself as someone Jesus loves. May His affection for you heal you in the deepest ways and inspire you like nothing else ever has. May His saving grace and enabling power compel you to dream with Him, believe in Him, and take crazy-faith-steps because of Him. May every lesser voice and every lying circumstance fall by the wayside so that all you hear is His voice in your ear saying, 'This is the way, walk in it.' Nobody's opinion matters as much as God's. Nobody can save, heal, redeem, and refresh like Jesus. Walk intimately with Him today. His will for you is your best-case-scenario. 

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May 07, 2019

Cast Your Cares

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May you have the faith to cast your cares upon Jesus. May you truly believe that He cares deeply for you. May you have the grit to turn your back on worry and the holy growl to put fear under your feet. May you embrace the peace that God provides and walk in the grace that He freely offers you. May you believe that His promises are true for you. You're someone He loves. Travel light today. Sleep well tonight.

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May 06, 2019

A Brave Day

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May you clearly discern the difference between conviction and condemnation. Be a fierce warrior and put condemnation under your feet. Be a tender-teachable Christ follower and respond to God's invitation to make you more like Him. Whenever He calls you up, it means He's getting ready to call you out to a new place, a new assignment, and a new land of promise. Refuse the enemy's taunts. Respond to the Guardian of your soul. He loves you and intends to use you greatly. Have a brave day. 

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May 05, 2019

Determined Faith

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May you take a new grip with your tired hands and mark out a straight path for your feet. God has given you promises to hang onto and enough light for the road in front of you. Someone once said, ‘The devil drives but the Shepherd leads.’ Tell your soul that the devil will not drive you off your promise, off your property, or off your sense of purpose. In fact, the Lord Himself fights for you! So take your stand, hold your ground, and refuse to be bullied by your fears. Jesus won the war so you can win this battle. You are mighty in God, my friend! 

 

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May 02, 2019

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May you begin to live more by faith than you do by sight. May you trust-with your whole heart-that God has already gone ahead of you, cleared the way, established grace, and answered prayers before you even fully understood just what you'd needed. Jesus is profoundly invested in your journey. He merely spoke, and the heavens came to be. He speaks now on your behalf because He loves you and is invested in you. Don't look around for signs. Look up and rejoice because He's got you. Live by faith today, because one day, your faith will become sight and you'll be glad you trusted Him. Have a sturdy-hearted day. You're mighty in God! 

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May 01, 2019

Mighty to Save!

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When you can't sense what God is up to, may you trust even more, His heart towards you. When your journey is different than you would choose, may you see His invitation to make you new. When you the storm rages overhead, may you know-with everything in you-that new mercies are on the other side. And when you're tempted to overstate your problems and understate His promises, may you step back and find your footing again. On Christ the solid Rock you stand, all other ground is sinking sand. He is mighty to save and He is doing a new and beautiful thing in you! Embrace a joy-perspective this day! 

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April 30, 2019

Shake It Off

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May you be quick to identify and let go of any lies you pick up along the way today. May you shake off any offenses that you’re tempted to cling to. May you instead, wrap yourself up in the complete love and affection of Christ. May you forgive yourself and forgive others. May you believe that God's promises are more powerful than your blunders. Embrace God's redemptive plan for your life with hope and expectancy. You’re truly, deeply loved.

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April 29, 2019

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May you take a new grip with your tired hands and mark out a straight path for your feet. God has given you promises to hang onto and enough light for the road in front of you. Someone once said, ‘The devil drives but the Shepherd leads.’ Tell your soul that the devil will not drive you off your promise, off your property, or off your sense of purpose. In fact, the Lord Himself fights for you! So take your stand, hold your ground, and refuse to be bullied by your fears. Jesus won the war so you can win this battle. You are mighty in God, my friend! 

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April 28, 2019

His Power, His Promises

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May God wildly increase your capacity to walk with Him. May His power and His promises impact your every word and every step. May He increase your territory, establish your influence, and awaken your faith. May He deepen your love, broaden your perspective, and multiple your compassion. In every way, may you know God’s redeeming, multiplying power in your life. May humble and holy spiritual momentum be yours. Walk forward in faith today.

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April 25, 2019

Fresh Joy!

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May you stretch out your arms, open your hands, and receive a fresh dose of joy today! May you decide in your heart to trust God fully with every hope and dream you possess. May you refuse the bait of offense, discouragement, or disappointment, and instead, grab hold of God's promises to you. May your eyes open up to the very real and specific call on your life. May His Word come alive in you in a way that calls you out of the boat, over the mountain, and into your next place of promise. And, may MANY meet Jesus because of how you walk with Him and share His love. Have a joy-filled day today!

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April 24, 2019

Pray Tenaciously

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May you look around and notice all of the answers to prayer you enjoy because of prayers you prayed some time ago. May the breakthroughs you've experienced and the open doors you've walked through compel you to pray with more fervency, specificity, and tenacity. God loves your faith. He loves it when you pray. He's very protective of you and won't give you something that's not good for you. He makes you wait because He's making you ready. Keep praying. God is moving, even when you can't see it. One day, your faith will become sight. 

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April 23, 2019

May He Restore You

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May God Himself recover and restore what the enemy has stolen. May He heal family rifts, renew tired relationships, and revive weary faith. May He give you the kind of rest you need so you can regain perspective. May He give you wisdom in boundaries and humility in love. May He show you what's yours and grace you to release what isn't. May you know-beyond a shadow of a doubt-that nothing and no one can separate you from God's love. Walk in humble, hopeful faith today.