Fanning the flames of faith

While watching a cooking show, my daughter inquired about the meaning of dry wine.  She pointed out that since wine is a liquid then it must be wet, and thus concluded that there must be another meaning for “dry.”  I began to explain that dry wines have very little sugar in them and lack sweetness.

I later began to think about what it means to have dry seasons in our spiritual journey.  Similar to wine, there are times in our lives when we seem to lack the sweetness of God’s presence.  We may feel distant, drained, confused, floundering, unsettled, and even alone. 

We know He’s still there, but what happens during those dry spells?  I can’t fully explain them or why they happen, but I’ve certainly found myself in that place.  Perhaps I was too focused on other things.  Or maybe God was trying to get my attention.  Maybe I had been disobedient in some area of my life and He was patiently waiting for me to return. 

Whether it’s a lack of faith during trying times or simply a distant and distracted feeling, there are times that I struggle in my relationship with God.  Times when I need a little lighter fluid to ignite the flames of faith again. 

But just how do we do it?  How do we fan the flames of faith?  Here are four ways to get started:

  1. Give what you’ve got and ask God to do the rest.  God doesn’t expect miracles from us.  He just wants us to show up.  Give Him a willing heart and spirit and He will do the rest.
  2. Search your heart.  Determine if there is something getting in the way of your relationship with Him.  Have you been running from something He’s called you to do?  Are you stubbornly hanging onto to anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness?  Are you wrestling with an ungrateful attitude? Do a heart check and ‘fess up if needed.
  3. Just be.  So much of our world is about doing that we can easily work our way off course – that is, we miss His presence because we’re so busy doing.  I’m guilty of this more often than I’d like to admit.  If you’re prone to always want to do stuff for God, try to be still in Him for once.  It’s possible that you’ve lost sight of Him and His love in all of your busyness.
  4. Pray as you wait.  And wait expectantly.  He wants a relationship with you and He loves you unconditionally.  Ask and He’ll show you how to reconnect with Him.

For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:8

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