Do you feel the fire of enthusiasm burning inside your spirit? If you answered “No” to this question, it might be time to take your spiritual temperature and figure out how to get your excitement back. When we first get saved there is a joy attached to our new-found life. That excitement is the fire of the Holy Spirit burning deep down inside. God’s Spirit brings joy and enthusiasm. His presence pours life into us. Does that fire die? Does it go away? It shouldn’t but it often does. There is an initial filling of the Holy Spirit and then we need many refills. Compare it to a strong coffee that gives you a jolt because of the caffeine it contains. After a while the effect of the coffee goes away and you need a refill to get that feeling back. The Holy Spirit is way superior to a cup of coffee but you get the idea. A refill of the Spirit is what will give you the joy again and the enthusiasm that once was so vibrant in you. The bottom line is your spirit longs for the fire. Are you fanning the flame correctly?
Exacerbating the explosive presence of the Holy Spirit is a much recommended notion. We are meant to lead lives that display the fire of the Lord in us. We are meant to maintain a healthy level of enthusiasm for Him. I am not talking about going out on the streets and preaching the Gospel. If you feel strongly led to do that you should. The fire of the Spirit does give us the zeal to spread the Word. However, that zeal should be directed towards the Lord first. Considering what He did on the Cross we ought to be constantly grateful and excited about what He accomplished for us on Calvary. How do we get there? This is where the refills come in handy. One cup of joy will not sustain us for long. The enemy hates our joy and he will throw traps on our path to prevent us to stay joyful. He will use anything and anyone to steal what belongs to us. Let’s explore what the refills should look like.
Imagine that you are at the diner of your destiny and your cup has run dry. You are left with no coffee. You then ask the waiter for a refill. If you ask the Lord to give you a refill of the zeal you once had for Him, He will gladly do so. Praying for a refill of the Spirit is the way to go. “Ask and you shall receive” goes a long way. The problem is we often don’t know what to ask for and as a result we miss out on major blessings. You can also help yourself to another cup of enthusiasm by grabbing the pot of joy yourself and pouring its happy content into your cup. One way I get my own refill is by isolating myself. It’s just me and the Lord. Once I get into that private space, it’s game on. I have learned to wait on Him. Sometimes the presence comes on fast, sometimes it takes a while but the goal is to not give up. The refill process starts as soon as I am in isolation with Him. It might take a while to manifest. I start with singing. I cry my heart out. I open up to Him and I transition into prayer. I stay in admiration and I continue with praise. Just like David, my cup doesn’t stay empty for long. Find out how you can get free refills. The Lord is a giver and generous is one of His middle names. With Him you will never go thirsty and the fire will keep burning for His glory!
Suggested reading: Acts 2:1-5; Ephesians 5:18; Hebrews 11:6