When you need spiritual fervor
I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by... Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. Habakkuk 3:2, 17-19
No matter how enthusiastic you are spiritually, there will always be a temptation to wane in your enthusiasm when you hit a bump. If you will not be mindful about this and you leave your spiritual fervor unattended you could experience a long drought in your spiritual life. Always realize that it is your relationship with God that brings life. Even in times of being lukewarm in your faith, restoration and revival could only take place by renewing your relationship with Christ. From the text, the prophet Habakkuk knew that the life and vitality of his spiritual life is always dependent on his relationship with God. This is why even when life’s challenges seemed to be difficult to face, he prayed to God to help him to rejoice because of his salvation. Do not take for granted your relationship with God especially when everything seems to be working well in your life that you do not feel to be closer to God. All the more that you have to be mindful of His working through the Holy Spirit during this time because when you are caught off guard by the enemy, spiritual decline could easily take place. This decline could easily drain your spiritual vitality that it will affect your spiritual habits such as Bible reading, prayer, and fellowshipping with fellow believers. It will also affect your process of thinking when making decisions that you will be tempted to take matters in your hand and not wait for godly wisdom. It is not by your activities that you could be restored back to life. If you sensed that God is drawing you back, respond in love and let Him revive you. “Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again” (Revelation 3:3). Jesus promised to be your life. He is life. “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’” (John 14:6). God wants you to be full of life but it will be up to you to let Him work through you. “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men” (John 1:4). Intercede in prayer for the ones you know that needs to be revived by God. It is His work to bring life but it is your part to pray and ask. “If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life” (1 John 5:16).