Romans 12:11-12 TPT
Be enthusiastic to serve the Lord, keeping your passion toward him boiling hot! Radiate with the glow of the Holy Spirit and let him fill you with excitement as you serve Him. Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing a continual joy. Don’t give up in a time of trouble, but commune with God at all times.
Be enthusiastic? Keep your passion boiling hot?
Right now, those may seem like impossible tasks.
Paul encouraged Timothy to fan the flames, and rekindle the fire, of the spiritual gift God had given him– restating God will never give you the spirit of fear but that the Holy Spirit gives mighty power, love, and control over ourselves. We can take responsible actions toward healing our hearts. We can also choose to fan the flames of passion for God to a boiling point. And if we do, we will find relief, comfort, security, and peace through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You will radiate with a glow as you let the Holy Spirit fill you with excitement even in the darkest of days as you continue to serve Him.
Some people cut God off when life gets ugly. Others are angry and tell God so.
The ones still talking to God have a better chance at quicker healing and comfort. When we cut off God we lose the source of our strength, joy, comfort, and hope. Romans 12:12 tells us to keep talking to God at all times and not to give up. Through communication with God, our hope can literally birth forth within us and we are opened to continual joy. I am assuming that when you are down, continual joy sounds like a much better, and much wanted, state of mind. Being passionate for God and enthusiastic when discouraged is not the norm for anyone- no matter how Holy they are. It takes willingness and focused effort. But anything worth having: peace, joy, hope, is worth the effort. Ask God today to bring you joy in the midst of your current situation. Lean on Him today.
Until Next Time~