Summary: Staying on Fire for God is a struggle but it is also possible: this message will encourage you practically about how to stay passionate for Him!

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Not growing cold

Lots of verses - 2 reasons - 1) scripture interpret scripture, 2) for you to learn them. Take notes on what impacts you.

1. What a year!

a. Our theme verse -

i. James 4:8 - “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

1. I hope you’ve grown a ton this year.

2. I hope that continues through the summer.

2. As I think about the end of the semester, Eph.6:24 comes to mind. It says - “Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.”

a. We’ve discussed what it means to love God this year:

i. Mk.12:30 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

1. Heart - emotions, desires, affections, etc.

2. Soul - self image, character, personality, etc.

3. Mind - thoughts, intellect, ideas, etc.

4. Strength - abilities, talents, energy, physical abilities, etc.

b. Eph.6:24 clarifies this some, describing this love as undying.

i. GK: Aphtharsia - “incorruptible, immortal, imperishable, not liable to decay, perpetual and continual, pure and sincere.”

1. Basically, it is telling me to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and with a love that is incorruptible, immortal, imperishable, not liable to decay, perpetual and continual, pure and sincere.

2. I wish I could say that was always true of me.

a. Oftentimes, I don’t love Him wholeheartedly and my love often grows luke warm or even cold.

b. Mt.24:12 - describes this saying the love of many will grow cold.

c. Rev.2:4 - Jesus challenged us on this very issue warning us about forgetting our 1st love.

3. Rev.3:16 - “So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

a. Laodicea - Water from hot springs in Hieropolis, 6 miles south piped in. Their drinking water was luke warm and full of minerals - disgusting.

i. Neither cold and refreshing or hot and relaxing.

b. Why is luke-warm so bad?

i. Consequences for you:

1. No happy disobedient Christians.

2. Miss purpose/life of futility.

ii. Consequences for others:

1. They have to put up with you.

a. Wife, kids, friends, etc.

iii. Consequences in eternity.

c. Jer.30:21 - I want to be devoted to being close to Him.

i. Jn.15:1-8 - I want to abide in Him (describe) experiencing what He’s made me for.

1. Abide - much fruit, fruit that will last (v. 5,16)

4. How do I keep from growing cold?

a. Rom.12:11 - Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

b. So I preserve that zeal by serving Him.

i. Summer application ideas.

c. I serve Him out of a heart for Him.

i. Pr.19:2, Rom.10:2 - Zeal without knowledge is not good.

1. Phil.1:9 - Love must grow in knowledge and depth of insight.

a. Marriage example.

2. 1 Cor.8:1 - That knowledge must be based in love.

a. Relational knowledge vs. intellectual knowledge.

i. A-posteriori vs. A-priori.

b. Live to know Him better this year; not to know more theology.

ii. So, know and love God more than ever (time with Him, communicating with Him, fellowship with other believers) then, apply that, serving Him.

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