Re-igniting Your Spiritual Fire – Notes/Study Sheet

(Phil. 3:12-15)

 

Introduction:

   * Satan uses every tactic to turn us from God, including apathy.

 

   *Eph. 6:10 –

 

   * II Cor. 2:11 –

 

   * Individuals and congregations can lose their zeal for God (Rev. 2:1).

 

   * We must examine ourselves (II Cor. 13:5).

  

1. The right attitude (Phil. 3:12).

   * Paul was an extremely hard worker (I Cor. 15:9-10).

 

   * Luke 9:23 –

 

   * Statements that indicate one’s spiritual fire has gone out:

      - “I’ve studied for years and don’t need to anymore.” (II Tim. 2:15, I Pet. 3:15; Prov. 15:28).

 

 

 

      - “I’ve prayed enough for a lifetime.” (I Thess. 5:17-18; Luke 18:1).

 

 

 

      - “I’ve done enough work in the church. Let someone else do it.” (I Cor. 15:58; Rev. 14:13).

  

 

2. We haven’t yet reached the goal (Phil. 3:13).

   * We must forget the past and reach toward the future.

 

   * Heb. 12:1-2 –

 

3. Pressing onward!

   * “Press” in the Greek (dioko) means, “to run swiftly in order to catch a person or thing, to run after.”

 

 

   * There will be hardship in living the Christian life (Mt. 10:22), but also reward (Rev. 2:10).

 

 

   * We must have an inward determination to succeed!

 

 

   * Our mind must be set as was Paul’s; not that we have already reached the goal, but that we must continue working

       toward it (Phil. 3:15-16).

 

 

   * If anyone had cause to lose heart, it was Paul. Consider the hardships he faced (II Cor. 11:23-28).

 

 

   * A crown of eternal life awaits those who remain faithful (II Tim. 4:7-8).

 

                                                                                                                            R.W. McAlister 5/19/10 a.m.