Re-reading Jim Cymbala’s “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” again and came upon this powerful quote: If the Spirit is not keeping my heart in line with my doctrine, something crucial is missing.
What good is it to believe all the right things yet have a heart that is untouched by my doctrine? This is the religion of the Pharisees of the N.T.
I am reading, once again, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala. Today I read the words, “Our store of spiritual power apparently dissipates with time.”
I think he is right on target. Not only can I tell you I have seen it — I can tell you I have experienced it.
There is great value in faithfulness, holding steady in our spiritual walk no matter how we feel at a given point. But we must not allow the natural drift of life to lull us to sleep spiritually. As Cymbala points out, not long after Pentecost the disciples were praying once again for spiritual boldness. God answered that prayer by giving them a fresh empowering of the Holy Spirit.
So, today I ask myself about my own spiritual fire — and find myself joining the disciples in praying for “fresh wind, fresh fire.”
How about you?
I am re-reading Jim Cymbala’s “Fresh Wind Fresh Fire” and just finished the chapter in which he talks about his daughter who was living far from God.
If you have a child who is away from God today I recommend that you get this book and read this chapter. The price of the book is worth it just for this story.