Cultivating Spiritual Fervency- Pastor Gbenga Ajibola (HICC)

With additional note
Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
  Note the underlying assumption that one can change the way they are. We are expected to respond obediently to this command by not being slothful in zeal and becoming fervent in spirit.

 Slothful in Zeal
Slothful means shrinking and timid; thus idle, hesitant, tardy, reluctant and unwilling to act. Zeal means diligence, haste, earnestness, enthusiasm and quickness to act. Put these together and the command is this: don’t be slow to act passionately.

You probably aren’t doing a lot of outright evil things, selling drugs to children or running over old women with your car. But maybe you’re slothful in zeal, or as Jesus phrases it in Revelation 3:15-16:

    I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
Jesus didn’t live and die for us so that we could be mild about him. Maybe you’re not doing a lot of clearly evil things. But Christian mildness is evil in its own right.
To understand spiritual fervency or to be fervent spiritually, you must know that there is an emptiness to be filled - Every man is hungry and you are not, it means you are filled and if you are filled, it will be evident, that is, people will know if you are filled or hungry.
   Note this:
-Hunger is a dissatisfaction state
-A satisfied man don't ask question, that’s, he is comfortable and pleased with everything
      Importance of being spiritual

-It gives divine presence and assurance; you are sure that God is with you and in the face of danger, you have the assurance that you are secured, safe and cannot be hurt.
-The world spiritual and only the spirit filled overcome in life: Ephesians 6:12-14
12 We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places. 13 And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground. 14 Yes, stand—truth banded around your waist, righteousness as your chest plate,
-A Victory in the spirit is a victory in physical: Once you overcome in the spirit, the fight is won and lost in the physical
-Spiritual hunger make you sensitive: It makes you know the next step to take, where to go, what to do, how to do it
-Hunger increases expectations: when you are hungry or not satisfied, you ask for more
-Hunger increase apatite: You just want to have more, eat more and ask for more till you are satisfied
            Lack Of Spiritual Hunger
-Inconsistency in the things of the spirit: Revelation 3:16  So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
-Indifference with sinners- Luke 20:54-55, Matthew 26:73
Matthew 26:73-74 King James Version (KJV)
73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
After denying Jesus, Peter sad with some of the people who came to watch Jesus being tortured and Peter went to seat among them, associating with them but they knew who he was
God does not give things,  He give Him
Pay your attention to spiritual thing
Develop and maintain the right association
Fervent in Spirit
This means spiritually boiling, bubbling over due to high heat, seething with energy and passion. The alternative to slothfulness in zeal isn’t doing a bunch of stuff; it’s growing spiritually hot.
If you have spaghetti noodles in one hand and a pot of water in the other; the next step is to heat things up. Nothing transformative will happen to those noodles until the water boils. More water won’t change things. More noodles won’t change things. Similarly, Dulin’s Grove doesn’t need more people or programs. We need to get spiritually hot.
How? Paul doesn’t say. Here’s my suggestion. I believe we heat up as we sit on the burner of God’s word. Comb through the Psalms and see how passionate the writers are. How did they get that way? At least part of their boiling process was meditating on God’s word.
·         but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (1:2)
·         … ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. (4:4b)
·         The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul… (19:7a)
·         … the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart… (19:8a)
·         I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules.(119:7)
·         With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! (119:10)
·         I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (119:15)
·         Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. (119:18)
·         Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. (119:24)
·         My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! (119:25)

Pastor Gbenga is a pastor in Harvesters International Christian Centre (HICC)

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