December 16, 2010

Staying on Fire in the Cold Season

As we press into the holidays, even with the joys of Christmas we can find ourselves a little tired and weary.  The cold weather comes and the pressures mount up and we must find a way to stay warm and victorious.

I want to share two wonderful keys to staying on fire when the season is cold.

1. Stay Filled with the Holy Spirit

Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

John said the Lord would baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire.  To stay warm you need a good strong fire.  For us to have a strong fire burning in us we must stay filled with the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 92:10 says, “But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.”

We can receive the fresh oil of the Holy Spirit every day of our lives.  The more oil we have the greater the fire because the oil is the source or fuel that the fire draws from.  As we drink in of the oil of the Holy Spirit we fill ourselves with the fuel we will need to keep our fire burning even on the coldest night.

2. Stay full of God's Word

Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, 'I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.’ But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.”

Jeremiah said God’s Word in his heart was like a burning fire.  Because the Word was burning and alive in his heart, Jeremiah held fast his confession of faith even though his flesh and feelings were fighting against him.

In Matthew 4:4, the Lord Jesus likens the Word of God to "bread."  As bread brings nourishment and strength to our body so the Word of God to our spirit.  When we start to feel our faith growing weak and cold we need to stop and eat the Word of God.  We eat the Word of God by studying and reading it ourself and by being in church hearing it spoken by an anointed minister.  Good nutrition is a must if we are to fight off cold and fatigue.

During this cold winter season let’s keep our inner fire burning and stay hot for Jesus.  Stay full of God’s Word and stay filled with the oil of His Spirit.  As we keep our fire burning bright it will not only be a blessing to us but to all the Lord sends us to.