Re-igniting Your Spiritual Fire – Notes/Study Sheet
* 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.