Fiery faith, not fairy faith (Be the one!)

We need fiery faith, not fairy faith–flaming faith, not sedating faith–blazes of glory, not boring story. Sensing the splendor of God far surpasses sitting thru sermons filled with sweet theological speculation.

The world needs to see phenomenal Christ-followers who radiate God’s glory, not nominal ones who deviate from His presence. If there’s nothing phenomenal about your faith, it may be nothing but nominal. Instead of looking for spiritual awakening in a church or home group, look for it inside of you.

Widespread spiritual awakening often begins with one person. Be the one!

Pride is the dark shadow that self-focus casts as it blocks the glory of God. Every shadow in your heart shows you some place where you’re blocking the glory of God. When self is set aside, God’s splendor can be seen. To quench the Spirit is to block the glory of God.

Many Christians prefer to gather around a preacher who explains the Gospel over and over rather than someone glowing with God’s fire. I thrive on the ongoing thrill of interacting with the risen Jesus. Be the one in your sphere of influence who radiates the Jesus thrill.

Grace thrills people with Jesus. It doesn’t put them to spiritual sleep. If people can’t see that you’re thrilled about the risen Jesus, there’s a good chance you’re not. One person with an ongoing Jesus thrill is more spiritually contagious than a church full of people in a religious chill. Be the one!

When I read the Bible unfiltered by religion, I’m energized, enlivened, excited, encouraged, electrified, and exhilarated. Too many people want the Bible processed by sermons or devotional books instead of letting God’s Spirit process it.

A focus on analytical Christianity amputates awe and splendor from the heart. Instead, savor God’s splendor and meditate on His magnificence until you glow with His glory. Letting your soul be soaked and saturated with God’s splendor will sever the chains in your heart.

There’s no need to continually be preached to in the shadows. True preaching invites you to come and live in the Light. If you would stop hiding your heart in your favorite shadows, you could behold the glorious radiance of the living God.

Hearing a story is no substitute for living in God’s glory. Before there are hundreds or thousands or millions of people visibly thrilled about Jesus, there needs to be one. Be the one! Too many Christians are looking and waiting for someone to catch on fire for Jesus. Be that someone!

The glory of God
Isn’t theoretical.
It’s experiential.
“O taste and see!”

Out of the shadows

I once was caught
By a sudden thought
Where I was taught
That I falsely thought
I was a Christian:
“If you were born a Hindu,
What would you be today?”
That thought
Cleared the way
For the living Jesus
To show Himself
To me one day.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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