As a Moth to the Flame

Posted: May 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
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A Moth to the Flame picture borrowed from http://ithoughtitup.
wordpress.com/2009/12/10/my-cocoon-of-silk/

Have you ever wondered why a moth flies into the fire? You may have several good guesses but I googled it to be sure my guess what correct. This is what I found: “The answer is quite widely misunderstood. Moths are nocturnal. Their brains aren’t so big, but there is an instinct present in them used for location. When they’re flying at night, they will keep the moon in one eye, in the same spot. The purpose is to fly in a straight line. To travel back, they just put it in the other eye, in the same spot. When people happen to have a candle burning outside, the moths get quite confused. They see the moon, but also see the brighter light. They try the same trick with the candle, keep it in one spot of their eye, spiral into it, and burn….” (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200 80722012859AAnMrUM)

My devotion today was about “Rekindling the Flame of Our Ministry.” (excerpt taken from In Touch May 2012 devotional) I wasn’t sure what that exactly meant but soon came to realize that it’s easy to let circumstances in life “lead to discouragement…where the Spirit seems absent and no fruit is visible”. My take on this was that it’s easy to get off track. Like the moth, we have to keep our focus on the “Light=Jesus”, to stay on the straight path and to avoid letting distractions steer us off the right path so we don’t “get burned.”

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NIV) “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

The other point to this devotion was how to “rekindle our flame”.

1.) “Refill: Ministry is exciting when we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, but everyone springs a leak now and then. Get on your knees before the Lord and ask for a refill. Examine your life, repent of any sins, and submit to His leadership in every area.”

2.) “Refocus: Nothing dims the flame like fixing your eyes on the problem. Whenever we focus on obstacles, they grow larger. But when we shift our eyes to Christ, he becomes bigger than any problem we face.”

3.) “Reject: When we’re down, the Devil whispers his lies into our minds: You can’t do this. No one appreciates you. Why not call it quits? We need to recognize all discouraging thoughts as coming from him – and reject them.”

4.) “Retreat: Turn off Phone, electronics, and entertainment, and get away with the Lord to rekindle your intimate relationship with Him.”

“After going through all these steps, you will be able to return to ministry with new enthusiasm and commitment. Hard circumstances may remain, but you’ll be equipped to handle them because the Spirit’s flame is burning brightly within you. Rely on Him, and He will empower you for service.”

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