Fan the flame!

“Whenever, in any century, whether in a single heart or in a company of
believers, there has been a fresh effusion (outpouring) of the Spirit,
there has followed inevitably a fresh endeavor in the work of evangelizing
the world.” – A.J. Gordon. Grapes are a fragile fruit. I am not going to
get all scientific on you but there is a term called “bud break” which is
the first step in the annual cycle of grapevine growth. It is when vines
leave their protective winter dormancy behind. The grapes are especially
vulnerable during this time. When the temperature drops to low, a sensor
kicks on heaters, and huge fans blow the heat to protect the vines so they
can continue growing. If the sensor fails the grapes would freeze and die.
The sensor is extremely valuable and any good owner knows to check the
sensor often and make sure it is properly maintained. The Lord showed me
this as a symbol of the church. He is the vine and we are the branches. We
are called to bear good fruit. The Holy Spirit is the sensor. If your fruit
is dying or dead, check the sensor. The Holy Spirit does not fail so when
was the last time you checked in with Him? Billy Sunday said, “When is a
revival needed? When carelessness and unconcern keep the people asleep.”
Are you asleep today? Do you need to be awakened? Allow the Holy Spirit to
fan the flame so that you can continue to mature and bear good fruit. I
leave you with the words of G. Campbell Morgan, “We cannot organize
revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind of heaven . . .” Catch
the wind today! Read John 15:1-8, Ephesians 5:8-16, Romans 13:11, John
20:22, Acts 2:2, Ezekiel 37:9-14