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WAITING

ASHLEY MCNARY

Have you ever felt spiritually stuck? You know, where you just feel like you’re going through the motions. It’s not like you’re doubting God’s existence or anything, you just don’t feel as on fire for Christ as you once did. But have you ever asked yourself why this happens? Why has the fire turned into nothing more that a flicker or dimly lit candle?

For so many of us, we tend to merely wait for the next great thing to ignite our faith. This may come in the form of a church service, missions trip, or youth retreat, but in the end, it all leads to just one thing, waiting!

What we need to realize is that pursuing God starts now! Right now. Today, in this moment, in this breath. But please understand that you don’t need to wait for a magical moment, a trip, a revival, or church service to pursue and experience God in powerful ways.

I love how the Message paraphrases Romans 8:11, It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself?

When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ is today!

We are promised life, now in this present moment! Don’t continue waiting?

QUESTION 1. Have you ever felt that your relationship with Christ has grown stagnate? (If so, how and/or in what areas?)
QUESTION 2. Do you find yourself waiting for some experience to ignite your faith? (Explain)
CHALLENGE: Live a life on fire for Christ today! Don’t wait for some miraculous experience to ignite your faith, start right now!