Updated: Jul 14, 2018
If you’ve been in the faith for years, it’s hard to go weeks or months without feeling God. If you are accustomed to African America Pentecostal churches, it’s normal for there to be a “praise break” almost Sunday. For those accustomed to evangelical churches or charismatic churches, it’s normal for there to be spontaneous moments of worship or the release of prophetic words. This is all normal for what I call “the assembly of the saints” and these things should be experienced when believers come together.
Hebrews 10: 22-25 (ESV)
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
However, these experiences can cause us to believe that if we don’t experience an overwhelming, fire falling from the sky, move of God every day, that we have somehow lost our fire for God. Your walk with God is worth more than goosebumps. Let me explain.
When I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I literally laughed on the floor for hours after I spoke in tongues. When I got off the floor, I was ready to take over the world for Jesus ***cues superhero music***. The next morning, I started praying out loud in my bathroom and I was ready for the tongues to flow like the day before..... and nothing came out. Of course, I thought something was wrong with me. I went on a strict fast for the next two weeks to speak in tongues again, and nothing happened! The first time I spoke in tongues was January 15th, 2009, the next time I spoke in tongues was March 30, 2009. I fasted, prayed, cried, starved myself, stopped wearing makeup, put on sackcloth and ashes… all to speak in tongues.
I got depressed! I was so desperate, I got baptized AGAIN “in Jesus name” because I thought that I did something wrong, ALL because I didn’t “feel” him the same way I did on January 15th, 2009. Truth is, God was there with me the whole time, it just didn’t “feel” like it.
Remember, God is present in the moments that seem mundane to us. He’s there on your commute to work, he’s there with you on your lunch break, he’s there when you’re getting your oil change, he’s there when you're cooking dinner… he’s there in life’s everyday moments.
God is glorified in the most monotonous moments just as he is glorified in the power packed worship experience. Pastors, God is there when you meet your offering budget just as much as when you exceed the budget. Singles, God is there when you have a significant other just as much as he is there when God brings your significant other into your life. Abiding in God cannot be measured by an emotional response or your perception, it’s measured by your application.
If you feel like you’ve lost your fire for God:
1. Assess your relationship with God. Of course, we are not where we should be, but we shouldn’t be stagnant either. There is a possibility that you have allowed circumstances, people, embedded theology and disappointment to put out your fire. If that’s the case, I have good news for you: God is going to fan the flame. All you have to do is ask. You not might feel a mighty rushing wind, you might not see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob be transfigured in front of your face, but God hears you. Ask by faith. Believe by faith.
2. Read your bible.
Read your bible.
Read your bible.
Read. Your. Bible.
3. Connect with a mentor. You need accountability on this faith walk with God.