Restoring the blazing fire of passion for Christ

biggerpictureProphets sometimes lose their place in the purposes of God. Discouragement can get the best of them, resulting in them hiding in caves, wondering about the overwhelming purpose for their lives.

Despair and discouragement do terrible things to the heart that is not fixated on Christ, but that discouragement has to be faced head on. The question has to be asked, ‘just where do you find your encouragement when discouragement has extinguished the fire that once ravished the heart?’

It is a pressing issue.

Mature prophetic ministers are not ministering to the saints to be noticed, but sometimes profile and recognition are, as it were, side effects. When you tell someone by revelation the secrets of the heart in a public setting, you are going to get called names. The name and titles of ‘prophet, man of God,etc’ do strange things to people, but probably not as much as when those close to them in leadership give little feedback – or misunderstand their calling or motives.

In most of the prophets is a need that is not unlike any other individual in the kingdom, the need to be accepted, affirmed, recognised and loved. Everyone has those needs. Being someone stepping out for the first time in the gifts of the Spirit, or being a prophet speaking at the largest conference in the USA – the essential emotional needs in life are no different. But how those needs are met is.

I recently saw a documentary on the Amish Christians sharing their faith. I was very moved to hear a young lady mention that whenever she felt sad or down, that the answer for her was a simple one. She prayed.So simple and yet, so deeply mature.

Our relationship with God makes all the difference – and the more real, dynamic and authentic it is, truly makes a significant difference. Before prophets can restore a blazing fire of passion for Christ in the hearts and lives of others, that fire must be blazing on the altars of their own discouraged and life-tested heart.

And only Christ can light that vehement flame. You can’t light an enduring, blazing fire in your own heart – but you can feed the flames. We’re talking about passion for Christ here, not about stirring up gift. Feed the flames of devotion by devouring the scriptures and seeking God in prayer. Where there is no passion or hunger to do so – ask.

It has been said that you can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Actually you can – you give it salt tablets! If you ask God to help you hunger after Him, He knows just what to do…

Let God reignite the fire of passion for Christ’s glory and passion for His purposes in your own heart, let it roar and blaze, then let that most ferocious flame impart tongues of fire into the hearts of those around you. 

Don’t let discouragement get the better of you. Stir up that gift.

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2 thoughts on “Restoring the blazing fire of passion for Christ”

  1. ‘just where do you find your encouragement when discouragement has extinguished the fire that once ravished the heart?’

    It can not be in your gift – it has to be in Jesus. It can’t even be in encouraging memories of when He has spoken in the past, or when he has graciously enabled you to move in power or healings or miracles or revelation – heady though those memories are…. it has to be in Jesus.

    I am passionately convinced that the prophetic ministry does not have to be the ridiculous ‘I’m leaving cos I’m so misunderstood’ or the ‘I’m leaving because no one here would recognise a prophet if he stood up and called down fire from heaven’…. it can be brought to bear on the church in submission to the leaders of that church and in order to enrich and encourage and build up that church – and that God can use the prophets in this whether they are prophesying or not. He graciously withholds from us, often, the visible effects of our ministry to demonstrate that there is more to life than ministry ( or more accurately, there is more to ministry than fancy words on a Sunday) – we can but rest in our Father’s love, our elder Brother’s glory and His Spirit’s anointing, trusting that, somehow, God is being glorified – and He is good!!!

  2. Thanks Jon
    There are times when the discouragement is allowed to “develop” us and I know He uses all thing for my good because I love Him, I also know He will never leave me nor forsake me but it is good to be encouraged by someone like you who seems to get it more right than wrong according to what I can see dimly through the glass.

    [Jon writes: Thanks Graham, but it is a very smoke-covered, dim glass indeed!]

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