10/5/1998 0 Comments
This is the time of year I love most—the fall. The air is crisp and invigorating. The leaves on my maple trees reveal the Creator’s paintbrush at work by their dazzling array of colors. The house in the morning is cold. The darkness outside combined with the comforter’s siren song make getting out of bed a challenge for the hardiest of souls.
It is time to consider replacing our ancient furnace. This might be the winter it dies in the middle of some wretched ice storm. It is also a good time to examine my own center of spiritual heat—my heart. Am I in love with God? Is my life and work fueled by the faith that comes through a relationship of love with the Lord and His word?
What’s your thermostat set on? Are you maintaining a consistent relationship with your Heavenly Father or is it time for a tune-up? Do you know the source of your strength or has your pilot light died? Are you spending time in prayer and studying the Bible to grow stronger in fellowship with your forever Friend? Or, are your pipes clogged with the tabescent grind of busyness? If the latter is true will you join me in asking the Onewho always listens, this request?
Psalm 18:28--Lord, You light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:19--Don’t stifle the Spirit.
O God! Give me a passion to burn through the coldest of nights when the wind steals my breath and dark assaults light. Fire my heart with the flame of Your Spirit. Blow in my soul brighter and hotter the love that You give to Your sons and Your daughters. Like crackling logs that sing in the fireplace, let my life radiate the joy of Your grace. Amen
Do you know what it is to have a relationship to God so consuming, a personal, passionate devotion to Jesus Christ so powerful that it will stand you in good stead through every cold night, while you are watching and waiting to land individuals for God?—Oswald Chambers in Workmen of God
©1998 Daniel York ARR. Reveration is the weekly devotional ministry of First Cause. If you would like to receive these devotionals go to www.firstcause.org and click on the “Click here to receive weekly devotionals” box. Unlimited permission to copy this devotional without altering text or profiteering is allowed subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.
Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)
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