How can we become more on fire for the Lord?

His word is in my heart like a fire (Jeremiah 20:9).

What is it that keeps the fire burning? It’s the power that comes from God. It’s the power of the Holy Spirit.

He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11).

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses (Acts 1:8).

When God’s Word speaks to us about “fire”, it’s not always speaking about God’s blessing. In James 3:6, we read these very strong and striking words, “The tongue is a fire, set on fire by hell.” Our life is a battlefield. Satan wants to take control of us, and he has considerable success with each one of us, but God hasn’t given up on us. God sees beyond what we are in ourselves. He sees what we can become through his grace. How does he work in us, to change us? How can we become more on fire for the Lord? In Jeremiah 20:9, we read these words, “His word is in my heart like a fire.” How do we get God’s Word into our hearts? How does God’s Word set us on fire for the Lord?

We need to spend time, reading the Word of God, allowing its teaching to shape our way of thinking and our way of living. The more the Word of God gets into our minds, the more it will make us new men and women. We won’t be perfect, but we will be on the pathway towards becoming, more truly and more fully, what the Lord wants us to become.

May the Lord help us to keep on committing ourselves to reading and studying, listening to and learning from God’s Word. As we do this, there will be less being set on fire by hell and more being set on fire by God and for God. Maintaining our commitment to living for the Lord will not be easy. There will be many times when we feel that we are making no real progress in living for him. When we feel like this, may we always remember what he says to us, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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