“HAS YOUR FIRE GON OUT?” CONCLUSION!

Read Matthew 3:11-12 again.
 
I. REALIZE YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST TO LOSE IT.
II..REALIZE THE REASON THEY LOST THEIR FIRE.
 
III. REALIZE YOU CAN GET IT BACK AGAIN.
 
God loves you and wants to restore the fire you once had. The question is: “Do you really want it back?”
 
Sometimes I believe our problem is gospel hardness. That is, we have heard so much preaching and teaching that it just rolls off our backs.
 
So, how do you get it back?
 
1. Repent and call on God 1 John 1:9, James 4:8.
2. Go back to what you used to be.
3. Enjoy the trip – never give a thought to dullness, deadness and dryness.
 
Conclusion: God loves you and wants to help you get it back. He wants to forgive you and use you to the fullest. So, have a little talk with Jesus right now. If you put it off the devil will once again have the victory and laugh all the way to hell. Come back, turn back to where you put out the fire.
Get the fire back into your life!

“HAS YOUR FIRE GONE OUT?” PART 2.

I. REALIZE YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST TO LOSE IT.

Jeremiah lost it under pressure, but got it back again.

Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” 5:14“Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”

He must have recalled the promises of God – 1:4-9.

Look at Elijah in 1 Kings 19:3-4 “And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” 

And then in verse 9, “And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?”

Then came a strong and mighty wind, earthquake and fire. God told Elijah, “You are not alone,” and by the way neither are you verse 18.

The greatest revival in history resulted on Mount Carmel when Elijah got his fire back 18:17-40.

Paul was fearful of losing his fire, his burden and vision in 1 Corinthians 9:26-27.

He was not talking about losing his salvation, but his joy, power and fellowship with God.

Paul had seen others lose their fire such as John Mark in Acts 15:36-41. He mentions that Alexander and Hymenaeus have made shipwreck out of their lives.

He also warned Timothy and encourages him to “war a good warfare.” 1Timothy 1:18-20.

It is almost senseless to look at other lives when our own is under constant satanic attack or questioning God’s will for us.

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“HAS YOUR FIRE GONE OUT?”

1 Kings 18:17-40; Matthew 3:11-12.
 
Starting to go through a fairly mild winter and trying out all kinds of ways to keep warm in our homes. Why? Because it was in the middle of winter and very cold outside. The most natural thing is to dress warmly and turn up the heat. We use oil, gas or propane heaters to heat our homes, offices, factories and churches. We want to be warm and comfortable…But, what about the fire of our soul? What are we doing to keep it hot and burning? Have you lost it? Has the fire gone out?
 
There was a time when your soul was burning brightly for the Lord, lost, loved ones, friends and others. What has happened? This is a vital question.
 
Oh how we need to examine our hearts to see how cold we really are. What has happened to our Bible study, scripture memory, prayer, soul-winning, church building, giving, serving and our love for God as well as others?
 
I heard of a preacher who said during a sermon to his congregation, “Folks, I believe God wants this church to walk. I believe God wants this church to start walking.” A fellow in the front row said, “Let it walk, Lord; let it walk.” As the message continued, the preacher said, “I believe God wants this church to start running. I really do—I really believe God wants the church to run.” The man in front said, “Yes, let it run, Lord.” After a while, the preacher said, “I believe God wants this church to fly. I really believe God wants the church to just take off and fly.” The church member once again said, “Mmm, Lord, let it fly.” As the preacher continued preaching he said, “If we are going to fly, it is going to take some money to fly.” The man in front said, “Let it walk, Lord; let it walk.” Unknown.
 
Be honest, have you lost your fire? Has your fire gone out? Are you just putting in time or just existing? Are your spiritual eyes getting dim? Have you lost your vision? Is your fire dying out or have you lost it entirely? These are good questions and must be answered by each of us. How can I get it going again?
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“RESULTS and the REMEDY FOR BITTERNES!”

Read Hebrews 12:1-17.

RESULTS OF BITTERNESS.

1. Defiles others verse 15.
2. Defeats the grace of God verse 15.
3. Defies correction verses 5-6.
4. Destroys motivation verses 3-4, Ephesians 6:34, Colossians 3:19.
5. Devil is given a place of operation Ephesians 4:26-27; James 3:15-18.
A. Develops into immorality or materialism verse 16.
B. Destroys fellowship with God verse 14.

REMEDY FOR BITTERNESS.

1. Recognize it as sin and not just the way you are Ephesians 4:26, 3-32.
2. Repent and confess Matthew 18:15-33.
3. Replace the focus verses 1-2.
4. Reconcile with the offender ASAP Matthew 5:23-24; 7:14-15.
5. Remember the Biblical examples:
a. Joseph, Genesis 37-50.
b. Christ, Luke 23:34.
c. Stephen, Acts 7:50-58.
6. Renew the mind Philemon 2:5.

What a way to finish…that’s the answer: Have the mind of Christ. Bitterness is crippling more servants than any other sin. It probably is the root of more symptom sins than any other sin. The joy of the Lord instead of bitterness will eliminate a lot of temptation to the pleasure of sin for a season.

“HOW TO HANDLE BITTERNESS!”

Hebrews 12:1-17
 
I believe the first thing we must recognize that there is or has been some bitterness in our heart. Another important thing is that bitterness will rarely admit it to another. So, don’t bother telling or asking someone if they are bitter, because they will probably deny it.
 
A bitter person may say, “I just want what I deserve out of life,” or I want to be treated like any other human being.” Those feelings may not be necessarily wrong, but why not look at it this way. If I get what I deserved I would be in hell. Or, if I got what I deserved I probably would not have much. Why not be thankful for what you do have.
 
Somebody in the family has to try to keep oneness in the family or group or church. Have you made the statement, “He makes me angry” (mad) or “it’s all her fault?”
 
No one can make you angry. You make yourself angry. That does not mean that anger is always a sin. Sometimes it is of God: Example, we ought to get angry at sin and the devil, never at a person. So, how do we deal with bitterness of heart?
 
I. RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT THERE IS BITTERNESS IN YOUR HEART.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!