Is your love for God at a boil? I can find this a challenge. I'd love to state that I am always on fire for God, that I'm always hot, that my love and passion for Him are at a boil. However, I find that often, I am not. I am cooler than I should be. How about you?
Paul understood this battle. In Romans 7:15 (NLT), he states, "I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate." Even for this amazing man of God, there were moments when something he did caused him to step back and evaluate his stance.
Each person whose story God chose to share in the Bible is a person just like you and me. Not one of them was perfect. They all had struggles, just as we do. It can be easy to read the story and declare them saints while forgetting that even saints have flaws. We are all works in progress, and they were no different.
The challenge is to recognize when we are lukewarm and make adjustments. Are you ready to boil for the King of kings and Lord of lords? Is it time to turn up the heat? Do you believe God has more for you than you could ever ask or imagine?
While there are multiple keys to turning up that heat, one key I love is worship. There is something about worship that acts as a dial on the stove. It begins to turn, and the heat starts to rise. As the praises exit my heart and my mouth, they enter the courts of heaven. As they enter the courts of heaven, my spirit begins to explode within me. As a result, I start to boil for Jesus.
Ready to glean additional keys? Let's turn up the heat! Listen in this episode of Real Truth with Ruth on the Charisma Podcast Network as I share about keeping your love for God at a boil!
Ruth Hendrickson is an ordained pastor, itinerant speaker, ministry trainer and board-certified biblical counselor who has extensive experience in the development, training and oversight of emotional healing ministry teams, recovery ministries, prophetic ministry, prayer ministries and women's ministry. In addition, she is a course facilitator for Patricia King Institute and Charisma courses. She writes for Elijah List and Charisma and has a podcast titled Real Truth with Ruth. Through biblically based teachings and practical applications infused with love and laughter, her goal is to introduce people not only to the living God who saves but also to the God who desires an intimate relationship with each one of us. Her latest book, Everyday Prophetic, will help you find the prophetic voice that God has given you. Visit her at her website, ruthhendrickson.org, find her on Facebook and listen to her podcast, Real Truth with Ruth.
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