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Fervent In The Spirit
6/26/2019

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

In Paul’s letter to the church of Rome he encouraged them to be both diligent and fervent (Rom. 12:11). Even though these two words sound similar, there is a distinct difference between these two qualities. Diligent refers to our action, whereas our being fervent is referring to our attitude.  Many times I have witnessed a weakness in a believer’s spiritual walk due to their lack of concern (indifference) or a lack of commitment (dedication).  If we act with indifference and a lack of commitment in the war against the enemy and his schemes, we will become ineffective in our efforts to help our fellow brothers and sisters, and we will end up becoming casualties of spiritual warfare.

It’s been said, “Attitude is everything,” and while it might not be everything, it truly does factor in with everything we do. It can affect our overall success in any project, venture or challenge we may encounter, and it will usually help define whether we get a job, a promotion, or are able to be a positive witness for Christ.  Think about it, how impressed or motivated would any of us be from someone who claims to have a relationship with God, but they have a really poor selfish attitude—they appear to give no effort or help to anyone else?

We need to be fervent in the Spirit (Rom. 12:11), full of energy and looking at every opportunity regardless of its challenges. Our outlook should be optimistic, knowing God is in full control.  This type of attitude should permeate our prayer life as well.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 (NKJV)

I guess we can say, “As our attitude goes—so goes our day!”  With this in mind I would like to encourage you to be fervent about your choices. 

· Choose to be excited about what God is doing in your life. 

· Choose to be excited about what God is preparing for you eternally. 

· Choose to think about, and then praise God for some things you normally take for granted. 

· Choose to think positively about your life here on Earth, and what God wants to do in and through you.

· Choose to think positively about your ability to freely pick up God’s word and read it whenever you would like.

· Choose to think positively about whatever ministry God would have you be a part of.

You can do this!  Change the world around you for the better!  Infect others with the same love, mercy, and grace you have been shown by God! Are you ready? 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about fervency from the Scriptures in this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found how much your attitude affects your role in ministry?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to guard yourself against becoming indifferent or lacking commitment when serving others.  If you find your attitude becoming poor, then ask God to help you to change it, and to see things from an entirely different perspective.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for Your faithful love, mercy and joy. Thank You for giving me such great examples to live by in Your word.  Help me to remember what I have read when I begin to take this world or my situation too seriously for the wrong reasons.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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