Hey Friends –
I’m thrilled you are joining us for 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith! If this is your first visit — Welcome! You may want to get caught up here. I’m super glad YOU are joining us on this journey!
Grab a fresh notebook (red if you have one – smile!), a pen, and let’s pray God lights a fire in our soul like never before!
I’ll never forget when I first became a Christian.
Although I was 26 years old (yes, 26) — I had never read/opened the Bible, I didn’t know any of the Bible books or chapters or verses (I thought “Jeremiah” was a bullfrog) and I certainly didn’t know how to pray.
All I knew was I had made a huge crazy mess of my life, and I desperately needed help.
Thankfully a dear woman named Carol had the courage to share with me, “Cindy, you need Jesus” — and I prayed a simple — but eternally life-changing prayer — and asked Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of my life.
How about for you? When did your faith journey begin?
If you know my story, you know God has done a 360 turn-about in my life. Not only has Jesus healed the brokenness and redeemed the intense pain, God has given me new peace.
A brand new reputation.
Friends, only God can do that.
And if He can do it for me — trust me, He can do it for you too!
Wherever you are on your faith journey, God can ignite you with fresh faith, passion and purpose. Guaranteed!
How do we allow God to ignite us with fresh hope and fire up our faith?
Key # 1 – Presence
Sweet friend, it’s in His presence that our faith becomes red-hot!
Revelation 3:20 is now one of my favorite verses in the Bible. (Click on the image for easier reading.)
I love in the 2nd half when Jesus shares, “I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.”
The word “eat” in Rev 3:20 is the Greek Word “deipneo” also translated “sup” or “dine.”
In other words, Jesus wants to have supper with us.
How cool is that?
Now I’m not sure what picture comes to mind when you think of “supper,” but it’s not a frazzled mom with a mini van going through a drive-through, or the rotisserie chicken I just picked up at the deli for my family…again.
In the day of Jesus, supper or dinner was the main meal, leisurely held at the end of day.
Supper was lounging, relaxing, fellowship time.
In Revelation 3:20, Jesus’ invitation is not for a quick “snack.” He wants to come in and to sit with us ~ that we would spend time in His Presence.
It’s in His presence that our faith becomes red-hot!
Today’s Challenge : Day 2 of our 31 Days.
1. If you haven’t done so already, will you please introduce yourself in the comment section? Your name, where you are from, and anything else you’d like to share. I’d love to meet you and pray for you too!
2. Grab your new Fire Up My Faith notebook (any notebook will do), once again jot today’s date, and then, spend time reflecting on YOUR faith journey.
When did your faith journey begin?
When did you invite Jesus into your life?
3. Just for fun, using the chili pepper picture below, take your current spiritual temperature.
Are you “no heat” or “on fire” — or somewhere in between?
Taken from Red Hot Faith Participant’s Guide by Cindy Bultema, copyright 2014 by Discovery House Publishers, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
What caused you to pick that temperature? What would help your temperature go up a few degrees?
Jot your thoughts down in your notebook, and then spend time praying for God’s help and guidance as you seek Him for a fired up faith. Please know, whatever your “spiritual temperature” might be —
You are deeply loved and I’m so glad you are journeying with us!
4. Spend time in His presence. I’ll share more about this tomorrow, but I’d like to encourage you to spend time getting to know God in fresh new ways. If time allows, print off this free downloadable/printable Fire Up Your Faith Bookmark so you’ll be all set for tomorrow’s Day 3 Challenge!
Thanks so much for stopping by 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith!
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