Power In Perilous Times
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6
In the last days we will face “perilous times.” The word means: “difficult times; or seasons of peril.” However there is a power that God would have us to walk in. This power is conditional and there are certain things we must do to operate in it. First, we have to stir up the gift. Literally, we are to “kindle afresh the fire of God.” If Satan can make you become a lover of self or a lover of money, etc. he can blow that flame of passion out. Once the fire is blown out we become timid and lethargic, shrinking back from spiritual service. So, Paul tells Timothy to “kindle afresh the flame of God.” The responsibility is upon you. You are only as hot in God as you choose to be. It will take a hot flame to persevere in the days that lie ahead. It’s been said that hell trembles when men kindle. Every fire needs repeated stirring. God lit the fire when you got born again; it is up to us to make sure the fire is not quenched. In order to do this you must allow the Holy Spirit to move upon your heart with the fire from heaven.
Prayer: “Show me what it is my life that may need rearranging in order to increase the heat of passion within my soul. If it is a dull devotional life help me to try a different approach.”
Saturday, October 31st – It all starts at 4:00 PM with dinner in the coffee café. Games, music and fun to follow in the sanctuary. This year’s theme is Noah’s Ark. See you there.
By Pastor Lew Pizzala
“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby” 1 Peter 2:2
Jesus had a rhythm to his ministry. First, He would encounter God, then He would encounter man. He would go from prayer closet to prayer closet, and in between He would meet the needs of people. It wasn’t complicated. Jesus ministered out of the context of His devotional life.
Neglect of a devotional life is the locust that devours your spiritual strength. Somebody once said: “if you don’t got it you can’t give it.” Your devotional life should not just be nourishing the inner man with what you receive from God for yourself but also what others will need from you. Remember, you are only as big and instrumental in the work of the Lord, as what your inner man is.
Prayer: “Release a new found grace into my life to follow the example of Jesus and cultivate a pure and simple devotional life that will grow me in the inner man.”