God has a lot to say about the lukewarm attitude of many of His people in this last phase of God’s Plan for Mankind.

What prompted me to write this post was a sermon by Warren Zehrung on Marriage. In one part of that sermon, he showed how to keep the fire in the marriage going by developing the Fruit of God’s Spirit and applying it in the marriage. He kept referring to it as putting another log on the fire.

But as he used each of the attributes of God’s Spirit as if you were adding another log to the fire it demonstrated to me that we need to do the same thing to keep our spiritual Fire Burning as a Christian. As God said in Revelation 3

(Rev 3:19)  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

We need to get back the Zeal we once had, the spiritual Fire if you will. So I am going to show you here what he said phrasing it for our Spiritual life as Christians rather than for the marriage as he did. If you get the chance be sure and listen or read his presentation called Throw another Log on the Fire.

So let’s talk about how to throw another log on the fire of your Spiritual Life. We are not wrestling against flesh and blood – so we need to look at some spiritual logs we can throw on the fire to heat up our Spiritual Lives.

God is allowing us to learn some real lessons – and we do need His help in order to have Godly Lives—we cannot go it alone.

We build a solid fire as soon as we learn of the Truth of God – and then we keep that fire roaring – and we are to never let that fire go out. Even though many in this so-called Laodicean phase of the church seem to be going out.

Brethren, let me make a clarification and a distinction here: We have all heard of the fruit of the Spirit many, many times.
Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, …and so forth.

Someone will say, “I don’t feel the joy or the peace… I don’t see the love.” They are not reading the Scripture correctly: The fruit of the Spirit is not something you get – for yourself, alone. The fruit is what the Spirit produces. And it is produced in us for a purpose:

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit [that is when you have the fruit of the Spirit] is given to every man to profit withal.

…for the common good.
…so we can help each other.
…for a special way of serving others.
…for the good of all.
…for the benefit of all.
…for the profit of all.

So the fruit of the Spirit is not a feeling or sentiment – but a tangible product that must be of profit and help to a recipient. For the purpose of today’s message, I want to apply this to our Spiritual Lives.

Let’s look at each of the attributes of the fruit of the Spirit as a log. Love is a log, joy is a log, peace is a log… and so forth. Let’s read it again:

Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23  Meekness [Humility], temperance [self-control]: against such, there is no law.

You might be saying, “I’ve seen those “Spiritual Logs” before, lots of times.” Maybe you have, but as long as they remain outside on the Firewood Rack outside your door – they are not adding the life-giving heat you need to survive. You must throw another log on the fire.

These “logs” are better known as the fruit of the Spirit.

The first log is Love:

What kind of love does your spiritual life need? The kind that adds needed warmth and comfort to a cooling relationship between you and the Father.

Giving, honoring, cleaving to one another. Doing not only what is right, but needful, helpful and required for the relationship to prosper.

(2Pe 1:10)  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

This is the warming agape – Godly love that will thaw the coldest relationship between God and your fellowman.

How do we encourage; how do we inspire; how do we make our lives or if you will our light to be like a roaring fire?

Do we daily endeavor to make our home and relationships with others a joyful and peaceful abode – lacking the chill of a cold shoulder? What we need is Happiness, Smiles, a good loving nature.

It is so much more advantageous to be adorned in a meek and quiet spirit than to be exposed to the frigid elements of a joy-less life.

(1Pe 3:4)  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

The next log is Joy:

Do we work continuously to bring joy into our lives and into how we relate to God and others?

Let’s face it, we all offend sometimes. Trials can sometimes render us less than patient. Depression can take its toll. Those are the times to be especially careful and tolerant of other’s feelings. A wrong word, a bitter word – an ugly word, is like tossing ice cubes into a hot soup that is ready to be served for supper.

The next log is Peace:

Better to be a peacemaker saying, “I’m sorry,” – – really mean those words.

That gesture of saying “I’m sorry,” is a little more like serving up steaming hot buttered rolls with that supper.

The next log is Longsuffering:

When we or a brother lets down– the other will carry the burden of the Christian relationship, because it is God in us that causes us to provide and serve in that way when needed.

God’s Spirit in us, motivates us in that yielded and giving way. There is a lot of sacrifice in a Godly relationship.
Learning to bring that meek and quiet spirit with us wherever we go takes a patient and forgiving nature that comes only with patience and practice.

Patience and practice, that is what longsuffering means. Being incredibly patient, waiting, and enduring. Doing everything you possibly can to reconcile every situation.

Let’s talk about the log of Gentleness

Be gentle with each other. Not harsh, not hard – not overly demanding. Working together to be kind, and tender at all times. That is always a good log to throw on the fire – being tender to one another.

You must throw another log on the fire: Goodness and Faith

Two more logs: Goodness, and Faithfulness,

I need to be strong where my brother is weak.

Even when one feels that their brother is undeserving, you need to say to yourself, “I’ll carry 100% of the load so that when my brother is injured, incapacitated, or weakened – we will still have, a relationship based on our willingness to bear one another’s burdens.. That, too, is always a good log to throw on the fire:

(Gal 6:2)  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

The next log Paul mentions is Meekness

Galatians 5:23  Meekness [Humility], temperance [self-control]: against such there is no law.

The King James Version has “Meekness” and humility, humble, gentle, respectful … yielded, entreatable teachable, responsive – takes close communication – and that is a learned skill to keep the avenues of communication open. Without communication, we are not going to have a good marriage relationship – and interaction is a learned skill.

Matthew 5:5 The meek [gentle] shall inherit the earth! It is one of Jesus Christ’s beatitudes. Meekness is the opposite of “bold,” “harsh” or “in your face.”

Harshness is like throwing water on your home fire! You don’t want that! Both parties need to be gentle to one another.

Forgiving is so important in relationships if you do not want to begin building walls of separation. Avoid resentment like the plague – because that is hating your own brother. Because God says we are one body. If you have driven them away – that is hating your own brother. Which is as murder according to Christ.

Mat 5:21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Purposely hurting or “getting even” – revenge – is an un-Christian trait.

If you insist on having “your pound of flesh” your brotherly relationship will soon waste away.

The log of Temperance (Self-Control)

The log of temperance is mostly overlooked – because it has gained the connotation of drinking in moderation – but it means so much more.

I suppose that the log of “Temperance” does more to sustain affection and nurture the enduring flame of love than any of the other kinds of logs.

Temperance means “self-control.” In spiritual relationships, we need to prioritize and have balance, between work, family, church, social life, and recreation.

We build the character to have self-control. We all have to fight, struggle, and make daily sacrifices to balance our lives. “Fight for balance” that is strange nomenclature!”

It is so easy to neglect important aspects of our spiritual life because Temperance/self-control demands moderation in our emotions, desires, conversation, and activities. Temperance is the throttle on our emotions.

A right trait of Christianity is the decision to please our brother rather than pleasing ourselves. We should ask ourselves, “Do I put my brother first, or do I put myself first?” True love acts first – True love acts alone.

Php_2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
An un-Godly Christian demands more from his brother than he is willing to give himself. It is kind of like the mote in your eye parable:

(Mat 7:3)  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
It takes a lot of wise thought and diligent work in our Christian Lives to keep the Spiritual fires burning.

Suffice it to say that any sinful vice will destroy every chance of having a happy and fruitful relationship with God or man. Be it gambling, womanizing, alcohol, drugs, or lawlessness – you will wreck your Spiritual Life and be denied entrance into the Kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

With God’s help, when we properly restrain ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually we have become a mature Christian. The apostle Paul describes how he thoroughly sought the Christian standard of self-discipline:

(1Co 9:27)  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

If we do not prepare to keep the Spiritual fires burning brightly – there will be cool days – dark days ahead. If we do not prepare, we may well find ourselves spewed out of God’s mouth into the Great Tribulation – because we were unprepared.

Storms and blizzards will come upon us – but we will endure it we continue to throw another log on the fire.

The more that we serve and care for others – the more we will love them. And the better we love them, to more we will be loved, fulfilled, and satisfied in our Spiritual Lives and relationships. Storms and blizzards will come upon us – but we will endure if we continue to throw another log on the fire.

God has a lot to say about the lukewarm attitude of many of His people in this last phase of God’s Plan for Mankind.
What prompted me to write this post was a sermon by Warren Zehrung on Marriage. In one part of that sermon, he showed how to keep the fire in the marriage going by developing the Fruit of God’s Spirit and applying it in the marriage. He kept referring to it as putting another log on the fire.

But as he used each of the attributes of God’s Spirit as if you were adding another log to the fire it demonstrated to me that we need to do the same thing to keep our spiritual Fire Burning as a Christian. As God said in Revelation 3
(Rev 3:19)  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

We need to get back the Zeal we once had, the spiritual Fire if you will. So I am going to show you here what he said phrasing it for our Spiritual life as Christians rather than for the marriage as he did. If you get the chance be sure and listen or read his presentation called Throw another Log on the Fire.

So let’s talk about how to throw another log on the fire of your Spiritual Life. We are not wrestling against flesh and blood – so we need to look at some spiritual logs we can throw on the fire to heat up our Spiritual Lives.

God is allowing us to learn some real lessons – and we do need His help in order to have Godly Lives—we cannot go it alone.
We build a solid fire as soon as we learn of the Truth of God – and then we keep that fire roaring – and we are to never let that fire go out. Even though many in this so-called Laodicean phase of the church seem to be going out.

Brethren, let me make a clarification and a distinction here: We have all heard of the fruit of the Spirit many, many times.
Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, …and so forth.

Someone will say, “I don’t feel the joy or the peace… I don’t see the love.” They are not reading the Scripture correctly: The fruit of the Spirit is not something you get – for yourself, alone. The fruit is what the Spirit produces. And it is produced in us for a purpose:
1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit [that is when you have the fruit of the Spirit] is given to every man to profit withal.

…for the common good.
…so we can help each other.
…for a special way of serving others.
…for the good of all.
…for the benefit of all.
…for the profit of all.

So the fruit of the Spirit is not a feeling or sentiment – but a tangible product that must be of profit and help to a recipient. For the purpose of today’s message, I want to apply this to our Spiritual Lives.

Let’s look at each of the attributes of the fruit of the Spirit as a log. Love is a log, joy is a log, peace is a log… and so forth. Let’s read it again:

Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23  Meekness [Humility], temperance [self-control]: against such, there is no law.

You might be saying, “I’ve seen those “Spiritual Logs” before, lots of times.” Maybe you have, but as long as they remain outside on the Firewood Rack outside your door – they are not adding the life-giving heat you need to survive. You must throw another log on the fire.

These “logs” are better known as the fruit of the Spirit.

The first log is Love:

What kind of love does your spiritual life need? The kind that adds needed warmth and comfort to a cooling relationship between you and the Father.

Giving, honoring, cleaving to one another. Doing not only what is right, but needful, helpful and required for the relationship to prosper.

(2Pe 1:10)  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

This is the warming agape – Godly love that will thaw the coldest relationship between God and your fellowman.
How do we encourage; how do we inspire; how do we make our lives or if you will our light to be like a roaring fire?
Do we daily endeavor to make our home and relationships with others a joyful and peaceful abode – lacking the chill of a cold shoulder? What we need is Happiness, Smiles, a good loving nature.

It is so much more advantageous to be adorned in a meek and quiet spirit than to be exposed to the frigid elements of a joy-less life.

(1Pe 3:4)  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

The next log is Joy:

Do we work continuously to bring joy into our lives and into how we relate to God and others?

Let’s face it, we all offend sometimes. Trials can sometimes render us less than patient. Depression can take its toll. Those are the times to be especially careful and tolerant of other’s feelings. A wrong word, a bitter word – an ugly word, is like tossing ice cubes into a hot soup that is ready to be served for supper.

The next log is Peace:

Better to be a peacemaker saying, “I’m sorry,” – – really mean those words.

That gesture of saying “I’m sorry,” is a little more like serving up steaming hot buttered rolls with that supper.

The next log is Longsuffering:

When we or a brother lets down– the other will carry the burden of the Christian relationship, because it is God in us that causes us to provide and serve in that way when needed.

God’s Spirit in us, motivates us in that yielded and giving way. There is a lot of sacrifice in a Godly relationship.
Learning to bring that meek and quiet spirit with us wherever we go takes a patient and forgiving nature that comes only with patience and practice.

Patience and practice, that is what longsuffering means. Being incredibly patient, waiting, and enduring. Doing everything you possibly can to reconcile every situation.

Let’s talk about the log of Gentleness

Be gentle with each other. Not harsh, not hard – not overly demanding. Working together to be kind, and tender at all times. That is always a good log to throw on the fire – being tender to one another.

You must throw another log on the fire: Goodness and Faith

Two more logs: Goodness, and Faithfulness,

I need to be strong where my brother is weak.

Even when one feels that their brother is undeserving, you need to say to yourself, “I’ll carry 100% of the load so that when my brother is injured, incapacitated, or weakened – we will still have, a relationship based on our willingness to bear one another’s burdens.. That, too, is always a good log to throw on the fire:

(Gal 6:2)  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

The next log Paul mentions is Meekness

Galatians 5:23  Meekness [Humility], temperance [self-control]: against such there is no law.

The King James Version has “Meekness” and humility, humble, gentle, respectful … yielded, entreatable teachable, responsive – takes close communication – and that is a learned skill to keep the avenues of communication open. Without communication, we are not going to have a good marriage relationship – and interaction is a learned skill.

Matthew 5:5 The meek [gentle] shall inherit the earth! It is one of Jesus Christ’s beatitudes. Meekness is the opposite of “bold,” “harsh” or “in your face.” Harshness is like throwing water on your home fire! You don’t want that! Both parties need to be gentle to one another.

Forgiving is so important in relationships if you do not want to begin building walls of separation. Avoid resentment like the plague – because that is hating your own brother. Because God says we are one body. If you have driven them away – that is hating your own brother. Which is as murder according to Christ.

Mat 5:21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Purposely hurting or “getting even” – revenge – is an un-Christian trait.

If you insist on having “your pound of flesh” your brotherly relationship will soon waste away.

The log of Temperance (Self-Control)

The log of temperance is mostly overlooked – because it has gained the connotation of drinking in moderation – but it means so much more.

I suppose that the log of “Temperance” does more to sustain affection and nurture the enduring flame of love than any of the other kinds of logs.

Temperance means “self-control.” In spiritual relationships, we need to prioritize and have balance, between work, family, church, social life, and recreation.

We build the character to have self-control. We all have to fight, struggle, and make daily sacrifices to balance our lives. “Fight for balance” that is strange nomenclature!”

It is so easy to neglect important aspects of our spiritual life because Temperance/self-control demands moderation in our emotions, desires, conversation, and activities. Temperance is the throttle on our emotions.

A right trait of Christianity is the decision to please our brother rather than pleasing ourselves. We should ask ourselves, “Do I put my brother first, or do I put myself first?” True love acts first – True love acts alone.

Php_2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
An un-Godly Christian demands more from his brother than he is willing to give himself. It is kind of like the mote in your eye parable:

(Mat 7:3)  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
It takes a lot of wise thought and diligent work in our Christian Lives to keep the Spiritual fires burning.

Suffice it to say that any sinful vice will destroy every chance of having a happy and fruitful relationship with God or man. Be it gambling, womanizing, alcohol, drugs, or lawlessness – you will wreck your Spiritual Life and be denied entrance into the Kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

With God’s help, when we properly restrain ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually we have become a mature Christian. The apostle Paul describes how he thoroughly sought the Christian standard of self-discipline:

(1Co 9:27)  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

If we do not prepare to keep the Spiritual fires burning brightly – there will be cool days – dark days ahead. If we do not prepare, we may well find ourselves spewed out of God’s mouth into the Great Tribulation – because we were unprepared.

Storms and blizzards will come upon us – but we will endure it we continue to throw another log on the fire.

The more that we serve and care for others – the more we will love them. And the better we love them, to more we will be loved, fulfilled, and satisfied in our Spiritual Lives and relationships. Storms and blizzards will come upon us – but we will endure if we continue to throw another log on the fire.

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