Where did my intense and passionate feeling go?

ferventAll of us have experienced the white hot heat of a vibrant and intimate relationship with God before. You know, when you have a hunger for His Word; prayer seems effortless; worship songs are playing in your head and you can’t wait to talk about Him. But then something happens; it becomes different, not as enjoyable, more of a chore, just not the same! We are left scratching our heads as to why things have changed, particularly when it happens gradually. Romans 12:11 admonishes us:

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

How does one keep their spiritual fervor? When life seems to be beating you down even on a good day, how do we not lack zeal?! In the context of his total thoughts, the Apostle Paul surrounds vs. 11 above with how we do it.  A summary of Romans 12:9-21:

  • Love must be sincere. God desires authenticity in our relationship with Him and others
  • Hate what is evil. We must make sure we remove all known sin in our life. It can’t have a hold on us, if we want a hold on God!
  • Cling to what is good. That’s “G.I. Joe Kung-Fu death grip” kind of clinging.
  • Be devoted to one another. Be a man or woman of commitment. Stick with your commitments.
  • Honor one another above yourself. Make others more important. It’s not all about us! If you have a struggle, pray for someone else going through the same thing.
  • Be joyful in hope. Happiness comes from happenings. Joy however comes from the Holy Spirit. Fan that joy into flame.
  • Patient in affliction. “This too shall pass” and the Lord matures us through these trials.
  • Faithful in prayer. Pray even when you aren’t feeling it. He will meet you where you are. Listen as well as speak.
  • Care for those in need. This is a perspective gainer.
  • Practice hospitality. Receive people in your life, often God will speak through them.
  • Bless those who persecute you. You are in the same company as Christ: He was persecuted and chose to only bless them in return. Do likewise.
  • Rejoice and mourn with others. Enter into their life, share life, and give life.
  • As much as depends of you, live at peace with everyone. You do what God would have you do. Leave the other person’s response in God’s hands.
  • Do not be overcome with evil. Jesus freed us from the power of sin, why should we be slaves to it again?
If we live like that, then we will…
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”