MENSCITYBLOG Ed5 - Ignite
Last time I spoke about stoking the fireof passion of your Faith, but sometimes life can get so 'busy' and we get consumed in situations around us that the fire goes out.... so we need to reignite it. Here are a few thoughts and reflections on how to do that.
Definition of reignite.
1 transitive + intransitive : to begin or cause (something) to begin to burn again The strong winds reignited the embers. The fire reignited.
2 transitive : to give new life or energy to (something) The success of the movie reignited her career.
1.Get into the Word. Remind yourself of the passion Jesus had for his people. The amazing miracles He performed and the lives that were saved and transformed. He is doing the same for you. He wants to have that same relationship with you, so you can live the life that God has planned out for you. All the answers you are looking for are in the word of God, so start reading the bible, His word today. If opening a bible is daunting why not try an app on your phone. There are many reading plans, short and long, that are manageable and you can choose topics that relate to you.
2.Worship.For me music is one of the most emotive and exciting aspects of faith. Get a good song on and it can stir something deep in the soul. It can get you pumped up, excited and full of praise for what God can do and is doing. Listen to different worship music and find the style that works for you, be it upbeat or reflective. Then play it, have it in the house, the car and in your earphones. Every chance you get to sing (even just in your head) and praise God, it will bring you into a better understanding and relationship with Him.
Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3.Listen to the Message. You don't have to wait for Sundays to listen to inspiring messages from others. Listen or watch sermons through TV channels like Hillsong or download the latest podcasts from a variety of pastors. Find the speakers that you can really connect with and listen back to their sermons and soak up that knowledge and word of God. Remember that this is God speaking through others as a way to connect with you and have an impact on your life. It can challenge your perspectives and bring new meanings to scripture and situations we face.
[Joshua 3:9] – Joshua said to the Isrealites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.
[ Jesus Calls His First Disciples ] One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.
Talk to others about Jesus. Be confident in yourself, in your Faith and speak about it to others. When asked ‘what did you do this weekend?’ tell them you went to church and had a great time. Getting over the fear of talking about your faith can be so liberating and draw you into a stronger place where your faith and love for Jesus is something you love to tell others. It will also give you the chance to disciple others to Jesus, which is one of Jesus' commandments and challenges to us as believers.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Live it.Live a life for Jesus, a life that He intended for you. Pray into what Gods plan is for your life, and move in that direction. Living the life that God intended will fill your life with meaning, purpose and re-ignite the passions of your faith. If you are struggling with what God's plan is for your life ask others to stand with you and pray. You are not doing this journey by yourself.
Pray.Finally and most importantly pray. Pray for a re-ignition of your passion for Jesus. Pray for a faith so strong and full of purpose that the fire of faith in your life never goes out but only ever grows and burns stronger.
[Matthew 21:22] If you believe, you will receive whatever your ask for in prayer.