When the Spirit ignites your candle, your belief in Jesus qualifies you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light (Colossians 1:12). The spirit’s light is real, but not visible because it dwells within you, the holy temple.
God lights your candle when you become a believer and it’s your job to tend the Holy Spirit’s flame in your life. The lit flame within you needs careful attention. A Christian’s true power lies in fuel from the Holy Spirit, like a candle burning wax.
There are three ways to tend the flame. Feed it, neglect it or quench it.
There are many ways to feed the flame. Listen to the spirit’s whispers to us through devotionals, scripture, nature, church, prayer, exercise, classes, joyful activities, etc. The possibilities are endless. Tuning into God’s voice renews your mind.
The flame can die because of neglect. God speaks in a small voice, easily ignored and buried beneath the tyranny of daily demands. If you don’t feed your spiritual life, your flame dies gradually.
Our choices can quench the spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says “Do not quench the spirit.” Daily decisions can either fan the flame or put it out. If we are obedient, the flame is fanned. If we choose the selfish way, the flame is diminished and snuffed out.
The world and God each have standards which are not compatible with each other. As Christians we are to follow God’s standards. However, there are many gray areas. When unclear on which path to take, ask God what to do and he shows you the path.
I do this for a number of situations when I’m unclear on which path to take. First, I lay the choices before God individually and listen. I try on each choice and the spirit whispers to my heart with peace. Sometimes it takes several times to “try on” each scenario before discerning where God’s peace lies. Following God’s peace is a process that’s never failed me.
How do you feed your fire? What brings you joy?
Where does the peace of Christ rest for you? Find it and follow it, one step at a time.