It only takes a spark.....

It only takes a spark to get a fire going
And soon all those around can warm up in the glowing....

The words to this song quickly came to my mind over the weekend when Scott and I participated in a 3 day revival in an outdoor tabernacle in a nearby community.  I was asked to take pictures for the event and while looking through the lens of the camera, I was reminded of how much I love to see people worship!

I've always been a bit of a "people watcher" anyway, but I love to see a person who has become totally unaware of those around them because their spirit is in total surrender to the Father, worshiping Him at the Throne of Grace.   

I also love to see a new Christian worshiping and soaking up God's Word without a care in the world of what time it is and how long they've been there. There's just something about being in God's presence that fulfills every need and leaves us wanting more of Him!

As a believer for a long time, I always come away from such experiences feeling renewed and refreshed in my faith.  The struggles and trials of this life will take their toll on all believers at some point, but through the Body of Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit, we can be revived and receive strength to keep pressing on.

Through the teaching I'm sitting under at church and through this revival, I have been really encouraged in my walk with Christ.  My passion for pursuing my purpose in this life has been stirred and God is reminding me of what He's called me to do.  He's also reminding me that I don't have to do "big" things to please Him.  I just need to be faithful to seek His Will for me on a daily basis.

As the fire of revival burns in my heart, I am reminded of 2 Timothy 1:6 (NIV): “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands”.

I don't know about you, but I don't want to stand before the Lord one day and find out I missed out on the blessing of bearing much fruit for Christ.  I don't want to have regrets that I didn't step out in faith more and do what He's called me to do.  God has a purpose for each of us in this life, and as the Body of Christ, we are the hands and feet of Jesus in this world and we need to be about His business.
I think about what it means to “fan into a flame”. Although I love a good fire, I’ve never actually started one myself.  Yes, I know that’s a surprise. This Wilcox County, deer hunting, country girl is afraid I’ll smoke the house up.  But I have watched my husband and others build fires.  I guess if I were on the verge of freezing to death, I’d get the job done.  I do know that sometimes you have to actually fan the bed of coals to get the flame started.

You know, we have to do something similar with the gifts and abilities that God gives us.  We must exercise our gifts to perfect them and to operate at full throttle effectiveness in the Spirit.  If we never use our gifts, or if we never try to improve them, they will most likely die out.  Scripture even tells us that God will take away any gifts He’s given us that we refuse to use for His glory.

We all have been gifted of God in a way that our lives should bear much fruit, showing ourselves to be His disciples.  But the only way we will see that fruit is by knowing what our gifts are and operating in them.  It seems some people just instinctively know what their gifts and abilities are, while others go through life without ever taking a step of faith to see what they’re good at.  They let fear keep them from confirming their gifts, so they don’t get the joy of seeing abundant fruit in their lives.

Fear can hold us back and keep us from fulfilling God’s purpose and calling on our lives.  When God tells us to do something, we should do it ….even if we have to do it afraid.  2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) reminds us: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”.

It's my prayer that we would each do our part. We can each reach one for Christ, but together, as His Church, we can make a huge impact on our communities.  It only takes one person to start the spark.....and that spark can bring the fire of revival not only into our own lives, but in the lives of our families, our churches, our communities and beyond!

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