“…This is what the Lord God says: I am about to ignite a fire in you, and it will devour every green tree and every dry tree in you. The blazing flame will not be extinguished, and every face from the south to the north will be scorched by it.” (Ezekiel 20:47b)
As I started the fire for our “Ladies Only Barbeque”, I watched the blazing charcoals ignite, giving me the indication that it was almost time to start the party. I placed the chicken on the grill and listened to our barbecue sizzle, crackle and pop as the smoke hit it. I continued this routine for the next two hours, turning every piece with extreme caution to avoid scorching the skin. Twenty plus wings later, I realized that the meat was BARELY even cooking.
Although I witnessed sound effects in the beginning, the fire was non-existent and I really was clueless about what to do at this point. I was tired beyond belief, in desperate need of a shower, and just plain over the ENTIRE thing when my neighbor came outside with a bag of Match Light charcoal. He restarted my fire with one strike of a torch and the flame burned for the rest of the evening, well beyond my last few pieces of chicken.
After enjoying the fruits of my labor, I had an epiphany of how similar this grill master experience was to my relationship with the Father. I was raised in the church and HOT for Jesus at a very young age, but the older my “coals” got, the less intense the fire became. I sizzled and crackled for the Lord in the youth choir, on the praise dance team, and of course on Sundays. However, the more I witnessed the “fun” things that my peers were partaking in, the heat of my flame became lukewarm. Before I knew it, I had allowed my fleshly desires to extinguish my passion for God and yet again, I was completely clueless as of where to go from there. Tired from running in circles, in dire need of a spiritual cleansing, and simply in a dangerous state of mind is when my forgiving Father threw a MATCH at me that was guaranteed to shed LIGHT on my murky situation. Soon after, I let the light shine through my flame and ignite me to burn during the dark nights and bright mornings!
Thank You for sparking my flame in You despite the decisions that I have made in my past. Please help to keep my passion for You despite the things that may be going on around me because those things are nothing but distractions sent from the enemy to stop me from reaching my full potential. Help me to remain focused on the fact that You are the fire of my entire existence. Breathe a fresh wind into my life! In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to get/stay fired up for the Lord. This is not the time to become halfhearted in your faith, but rather the time to press through and set the Kingdom on FIRE! Have a blessed week. ☺
How do you keep your fire for God lit?
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Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves tirelessly with the Evangelism Team there. Latasha also works at Mt. Zion as a member of the Administrative Support Staff. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” Isaiah 54:17