Where is that fire

What is in us that makes us not want to draw closer to Jesus? Yes, we say we want to, and we learn and read the truths that will take us there, but we have paralysis when it comes to making a move, when it comes to taking that first step. Where is the excitement in following the Lord, and making Him first in our lives? Where is the fire that once burned within us? We are told in Scripture to “Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching, and we are to guard, through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, that good thing entrusted to you.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14 But somewhere along the journey we tend to slide off the pattern of behavior that once electrified us in the faith, and the joy that accompanied being in the word. In this same letter to Timothy, Paul would write: “So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel relying on the power of God. He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald, apostle, and teacher, and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.” 2 Timothy 1:8-12 Have we become ashamed of calling ourselves Christians to keep from persecution or harsh reactions from the world around us? Is it easier to just keep silent, and not be found out so that we can fit in? Surely we believe, or I hope that our belief has not grown cold. But how do we get others to open their bibles, to learn the life of the believer; to assist them in their daily walk, if we don’t open ours? Maybe it’s gotten too easy to NOT take our bibles with us, because we “have them on our phones” even though we never open the app, except on Sunday morning. Is it possible to become so complacent with our faith, that we start to “walk away from it?” The Lord has placed on my heart the mission of these devotionals to stimulate people to read the word, but have I failed and many have used these in place of the word? I know that in my heart, I am to use Scripture to try to stimulate people to stay the race, to stand when others around them are falling, and failing. My prayer is for all who read this to open their bibles, to see what God has for them for the day, or to be strengthened for the passage ahead of them. But I wonder at times whether I am failing my Lord, by giving people a simple replacement for the word, which I would never want to do. But when I go to Scripture this morning, I know in my heart that, “I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.” How I long to share that love of Christ with you, and share the excitement of knowing Jesus, and drawing closer to Him every day. Let me challenge you all: Are you reading the word daily? Not just this journey, but the word of God to find out what He has for you, to draw closer to Him, and to hear what He speaks through the Holy Spirit. It will line up with Scripture! Then, as you listen to Him, don’t be ashamed to put into practice the things He places on your heart, for He is still with you, and perhaps you will reawaken the fire that once burned brightly within you. Pastor Andy

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