On Fire!

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalm 51:12)

Have you ever met someone who had just become a Christian and was “on fire” for God? Did you say to yourself, “I wish I were still like that?” We don’t intend for it to happen, but after time, that passion or joy often ebbs and other things in life take priority and focus. Or maybe, you never even had that “fire” because you were saved at an early age and have been a Christian for nearly your entire life.

Whatever the reason is, you are not alone. In fact, the Psalmist even asked for that joy to be restored as it once had been. As we read this, we must realize that salvation is from the Lord and not of our own doing. We often substitute the “thy (your))” in this verse with “my.” Read these verses today and focus on the work of Jesus in our salvation and allow Him to bring back the joy of the Gospel that may have taken a backseat in your life.

“…For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23)

“….But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (1 Timothy 2:5)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

When I read this it made me think of a saying I’ve heard. “One person on fire for God can change the world.” If one person can change the world imagine if we would come together, united as one, with one purpose, to save those who are lost. You may be asking yourself, how can I get that “flame” back that I once had, surround yourself with people who are burning, who are on fire for God!! You will know them by their fruits, you won’t have to question if they are on fire for God, you will know. My prayer today is that when others see me they can say without a doubt, that’s a person on fire for God and I want what they got. I want to be different to make a difference. Use me today Lord to make a difference in someone else’s life, maybe their flame isn’t shining as bright as it once was, let me give them hope through you that their flame can burn bright once again. Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Psalm 51:10-12


Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)

Saying only what is helpful to others would be transformative for many of us. Speaking what is helpful doesn’t mean only saying things that make others feel good. It will sometimes mean speaking hard truths in love and constructively criticizing others for their own good and for the glory of God. Building human beings up, much like construction of any type, takes hard work, sweat and tears. It’s not all easy compliments and flattery. Building up our brothers and sisters requires a strong foundation of truth and love and a desire to see the other grow in the Lord.

What may build up one person could tear down another. We cannot make sweeping declarations and assume that our words are beneficial for all. The saying, ‘there’s a time and a place’ exists for a good reason. When, how and even where we speak to someone can dramatically change how our words are received and their end effect. If I criticize someone in front of others at their birthday party, it doesn’t matter how true and constructive my words are because I’ve humiliated them and ruined a special time. But if I take that person aside on a different day and speak to them privately, my words could encourage and ultimately build them up.
Will it benefit those listening? Ask yourself that every time you’re about to open your mouth in the coming days. It will dramatically alter your conversations. If I’m asking myself that question before opening my mouth, I’m going to have to change the sound of frustration in my voice when I talk to my children, I’m going to have to complain less about others. I’m going to have to soften criticism by pairing it with encouragement. And I’m probably going to end up sharing the gospel a lot more. Because really, what could benefit those listening more than hearing about a Savior who offers the words of eternal life to those whose tongues have known only destruction? Talking about our Jesus will always benefit our listeners and it will equally benefit our own hearts. The infallible redeemer is the ultimate subject of wholesome, helpful and beneficial talk and hearing about Him is the only thing that fits according to all our needs.
Heavenly Father, help us to be mindful of our words today, help us to realize there truly is a time and place for everything to be said. It’s not what you say it’s how and when you say it. Use me today to make a difference in my children’s lives and those I come in contact with just by how, what and when I speak. Amen. 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
Today’s Reading is 1 Chronicles 29:14-19