Spiritually Speaking

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By Pearl Harper

Continue on lethargy or pray for zeal


Are we seeing lethargy moving over our land; a lack of interest or concern about some very important things? Are we lazy or indifferent, almost like being in a coma, slumbering and sleeping concerning some very critical events?

These are things we must try to do every day or on a regular basis. These will support and sustain our faith. They will be a foundation for us to grow on, and stay inspired. We must pray, read the Bible, live righteously, trying our best to live the standard God has laid out for us in His word, and if we talk the talk, we had better walk the walk. Always look for opportunities to witness; never passing up an opportunity.

Also, we must meditate on the word. We must speak the word. Last, but not least, we must do the word.

To retain zeal we must stay in touch with the one who creates the enthusiasm in us. It should be our passion to tell others about God. Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter 10:1-3; “Brethen my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be save.

For I bear them record that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”

The ones Paul was talking to were zealous, but stubbornly ignorant of the things God wanted them to do. Paul was trying to point their zeal in the right direction.

Paul wrote in I Corinthians 14:12, “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”

When we have zeal to edify, we are built up. Here we are talking about the church. There were the ones who assembled together in early Christianity. Some have referred to them as the “called out ones.” They met in homes at first. Paul wrote to the Hebrews in chapter 10:23-25 (I am writing in part)  “We are to hold fast our faith without wavering; we are to consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together- we are to exhort (to urge earnestly) on another; and so much more as we see the day approaching.”

Some in the early church could have stopped assembling themselves because of persecution. We cannot say that is the reason some have forsaken or put the importance of going to God’s house on the back burner (plain talk) today.

We must do the things we know to do to keep our zeal and exhort others. Lethargy is not a good path to travel. Being asleep spiritually and losing our zeal and our love for the Lord is very dangerous. Lethargy seems to be overtaking our nation. Will it take persecution to wake us up? Our Christian heritage is being taken away piece by piece.

Do we pray for zeal or continue to be swallowed up in lethargy? Only we as the church can decide. God Bless.