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What stirs our cold, unresponsive hearts into a holy fire?
What causes the heart to burn with a passion for God?

 

There is this burning fire in my heart. It is bound up in my bones, I grow weary of trying to hold it in, and I cannot do it. (Jeremiah 20:9)
Our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear (Hebrews 12:28)

1 Peter 1:5-9 Through faith you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of this era. You greatly rejoice in this, even though you have to suffer various kinds of trials for a little while, so that your genuine faith, which is more valuable than gold that perishes when tested by fire, may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. And even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your soul.

It is the breath of life – the very breath of God that sets our hearts ablaze and melts the ice that clutches it in condemnation. This breath is life and power given to man to make him animate. The life of God is eternal. Pray for the renewal of God’s Spirit to be expressed in a life of love, in the purity of heart and will and intimacy with God that declares the perfection of eternal life.

 

Genesis 2:7 So the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground, breathed life into his lungs, and the man became a living being.

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God fashioned me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

John 20:22 When He had said this, he breathed on them and told them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Psalm 51:10-12 Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.

© 2017 Debora Gilley

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until with thee I will one will,
to do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
till I am wholly thine,
till all this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.
Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889

The ISV Foundation Committee on Translation. The Holy Bible: International Standard Version (Kindle Locations 96038-96045). Davidson Press, LLC. Kindle Edition.

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