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“The zeal – fervour, passion, enthusiasm – of the Lord comes by God’s oil in your lamp. God’s oil is the Holy Spirit. Submit to his power and presence now and rest in the strength, the passion, the enthusiasm that only he can endow. The zeal of the Lord to do it!”
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Way back when I was in my church youth group, we loved to sing an old popular song around a campfire. It went, “Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning, burning, burning.” It was one of great those old songs you could add your own verses to. I remember singing, “Give me wheels on my Ford keep me driving for the Lord,” and “Give me wax on my board keep me surfing for the Lord,” (not that I was a surfer, you understand). But the verse we added that I loved the most went, “Give me unction in my gumption keep me functioning, functioning, functioning… keep me functioning till the break of day! Sing hosanna!”
There are days when I wake up with a lack of unction. There are days that I wake up with less than my fair measure of gumption. You know what I’m talking about, those days when you lack any motivation to simply get up and get going, for whatever reason. It’s on days like this that I need some of the Holy Spirit’s oil in my lamp to keep me burning.
Isaiah prophesied the destruction of Israel and Judah. He said, because of their rebellion, the enemies of God’s people would overwhelm Zion. However, a remnant true to God would remain in Zion. Then he said, “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” It was only by God’s fervour and the oil of the Holy Spirit that the remnant would have the unction in their gumption to keep functioning.
In whatever mood you woke up today; whatever has demotivated you or stripped you of your enthusiasm to get out there and go for it, I say to you, only the zeal of the Lord will give you the motivation to do it. The zeal – fervour, passion, enthusiasm – of the Lord comes by God’s oil in your lamp. God’s oil is the Holy Spirit. Submit to his power and presence now and rest in the fervour, the passion, the enthusiasm that only he can endow. The zeal of the Lord to do it!
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DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
I acknowledge you in all my ways and rest in the zeal of the Holy Spirit
“Dear Lord. I often feel unmotivated and uninspired to get out there and go for it. Forgive me for wallowing in my self-pity. I choose now to not give up but look up – to lift my head and look up into the face of Jesus. I trust you to inspire me to serve you. I acknowledge you in all my ways and rest in the zeal of the Holy Spirit to be my fervour, passion, enthusiasm. Amen.”
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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional, written by Dudley Anderson, based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His Word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith.
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