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Fervent in Spirit – Serving the Lord

“…fervent in spirit; serving the Lord”
Romans 12:11

There is a temper of heart that brings one into the practical work of the Lord. The fervency spoken of here is of His Spirit; nothing of man will properly glorify God. The scriptures declare:

“For of him, and through him, and to him,
are all things: to whom be glory for ever”
Romans 11:36

It is the Life OF Him that gives us the grace to learn to do THROUGH Him. In Christ alone are we enabled to bring honor TO Him. Through His workings in us, there comes a recognition of His power to overshadow our own weaknesses and needs. Human need is an invitation to God’s grace.

Fervency of spirit comes as we are recipients of grace. There is something so profound in the receiving of God’s grace that the heart is freed from selfish pursuits unto love and true service. The greater the recognition of unmerited grace the more enflamed the heart becomes.

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Luke 7:47 (ESV)

When we truly touch the grace and love of God, the more cognizant we become of our needs. It brings a fervency to learn of Him that we may please Him more.

“Serving the Lord with all humility of mind…”
Acts 20:19

When the unction is of Him, the true heart bows to Him from Whom all good things come.

“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.”
Psalm 115:1

Prayer and Fervency

“A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God.”
– Charles Brent

Associated Writings:

The Wick

Fervent in spirit (Part One)

Brian Troxel

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