How Do We Fan Our Gifts Into Flame? (4) By Babatunde Olugboji
How do you keep your gifts alive? We’ve been seeking an answer to this question in the past three editions of KDW and will be wrapping up the series this week with a number of important steps to take in ensuring that the flame of your gift does not die and turn to ashes.
STANDING ON THE WORD:
God has exalted above all things His name and His word. (Psalm 138:2) When you don’t feel God’s presence and His promises don’t ring true, it’s time to stand on the Word of God. When you are down, stand up and start proclaiming the promises over your life.
When you start to proclaim the Word of God, the flame starts to grow again and when you learn to stand completely on the Word of God and your relationship with Jesus, your flame will become a roaring fire.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) When you lose your perspective on life and stop trusting God for all things, it is time to rebuild your trust in God, because He has a good plan for you, and He is faithful and true and has made Himself available to you. It’s time to re-engage your heart, to renew your mind and to humble yourself in His presence.
KEEPING AN EYE ON THE FIRE:
As we bring this series to an end, let’s look at the fire on the altar as a symbol of our devotion to God through which our gifts are being used at its full potential. Spiritual passion is not something to be treated lightly or taken for granted because it will grow cold if we fail to supply it with fuel.
- First there must be a sacrifice on the altar. Paul addressed this in the book of Romans: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
- Secondly, let us fuel the fire with the zeal for God as it says in Romans 12:11-13, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” This should be our firewood, which has to be constantly replenished. Let us continue to fuel the fire by feeding it with the Word of God and prayer. Let us keep ourselves open for the breeze of the Holy Spirit to fan the flames into a roaring fire.
I encourage you to fan into flame the gift God has given you, so that you are a blessing to others and are able to keep on building your relationship with Christ.
Have a great week.
Kingdom Dynamics, a weekly column written by Dr. Babatunde Olugboji, the President, Kingdom House, a non-profit organization in New Jersey, USA.
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