Stir up the fire!

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I have had a good share of putting up fire at the fireplace. Not the fancy fire place in the living room; the kitchen! Growing up, we used firewood to cook every meal. The task of putting up the fire was sometimes very hard, especially during cold seasons when the fireplace was cold and the firewood was wet. As a young girl, I dreaded such days, I watched my mother try so hard to put the fire up, because there was no other option. The family needed food. Then there was the task of blowing or fanning the firewood to keep the fire burning.

When one has no option but put some food on the table, no matter what, that fire will be kept on until the fire is cooked. I admired my mother’s determination. No excuses! Fire must be lit and kept on.

In my Christian walk, I have woken up to a completely cold fireplace. When I have drifted away from God, when I don’t feel like He is real anymore. I have had my fair share of very wet firewood and had excuses why the fire can never be on again. I have stopped fanning and blowing and found myself cold with no fire to keep me warm. I believe this seasons happen to most of us. We give up on the fire because of doubt and discouragement and excuses. Only to realize that we cannot survive without our spiritual fire.

The only way to maintain the fire is to be committed and consistent in adding firewood to the fireplace and keep stirring it up. We cannot keep the fire on my placing one firewood a year, or a month, or even a week. It is a constant activity, that’s how we work on our relationship with God, we make it a lifestyle. It is week! We are commanded to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) If we knew that we had no option but to eat the spiritual food daily, then no mater what! We will put all excuses aside and keep the flames up.

I learnt that the logs/firewood we need to add daily into our fire are God’s word and prayer. In the midst of all the troubles of this world, we must be found stirring up the fire in our souls. One day without God’s word and prayer, the fireplace starts getting cold, and the longer we keep it cold the more difficult it will be to start the fire again. But if we have the culture of stirring up the fire, then keeping it on is easier. Then we can throw in other logs easily; giving, fellowship, fasting, being involved in ministry, exploring our talents and gifts for God. This way, we grow spiritually healthy and mature.

It is sometimes too much work, it may be deemed boring, it is at times lonely, at times you wont feel it. But keep doing it. It is your daily food. We shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4) Remember, we don’t depend on our own energy to keep the fire up, we depend on the Holy Spirit: Our helper.  `Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ (Zechariah 4:6)

Today I pray that we shall have the desire to keep the fire burning. Burning for Jesus. That we will have no other option, no excuses, but to keep stirring up the fire within us: come rain, come sunshine.

~Selah

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