The fact that you’re currently hot simply means that you’re engaging in spiritual activities alot. You pray, you fast, you study your Bible to gain wisdom, you most likely engage in evangelism. Let me guess, you also give sacrificially.
To be honest, every Christian likes it when he’s hot spiritually. He’d want to maintain that prayer fire and generally that kingdom zeal. The challenge however is that many of them get cold again even before they realize it. The surprising part is that most of them still engage in spiritual activities as they did, but they can’t explain why they got cold.
I’ve thought about it and discovered two possible reasons why believers get cold again after a season of revival. Let me share both of them with you:
Beware of pleasure, it weakens the dominion of your spirit as it gives excitement to your body.
Pleasure has its advantages, but if it’s not controlled, it can neutralize your desire for spiritual things. You’d normally spend one hour to pray in the evening, but you were watching a movie you enjoyed so much, and you skipped prayer for it. There are very few things that can make a man skip spiritual activities, pleasure is one of them.
Food is good, but a man that eats every day will hardly remain hot spiritually. I’ve often said that as Christians, if you eat today, you should fast tomorrow. The reason why some of you have not been able to pray at night is because your stomach is usually too full. Try not to eat in the evening and see if your body won’t be ready to pray at night. The body naturally won’t let you sleep until it gets fed. And even if it sleeps, it would wake up early and strong.
You own your body, stop living as though your body owns you. Don’t be lost in your own body. In Romans 8:12-14, the Apostle said, “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”. That’s right! You’re not owing your flesh anything, so you should put it under subjection to your spirit without apology. Pleasure is a trick!
You have to understand this; anything that gives pleasure and excitement to your flesh should be disciplined. Discipline your eating, discipline the time you spend on social media and watching movies, discipline the time you use in playing computer games, discipline yourself! I’ve received several messages of people who tell me that the only reason why they open their social media apps is if they want to read my articles. Once they’re done reading, they’re out again till the next day. By doing that, they’ve been able to maintain their zeal and passion for the Lord.
Apostle Paul made this clear in many of his writings. Let’s see one of them:
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulful the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Did you see that? If you don’t want to fulfill the lust of the flesh, walk in the Spirit. The flesh will always do things that are contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit will always want things that are contrary to the flesh. Think about it, how does those endless season movies support your spirit man? How does the hours you spend in playing computer games help your spirit? How does the numerous ladies you lust after help your spirit?
Spirituality is in levels; and for every new level, oppositions are re-inforced. One of the scriptures that has always troubled me is Matthew chapter 12, when a demon is cast out of a person, he comes back after a while to see if the house he was cast out from is empty, and then he goes to re-inforce himself and repossess the man. Let’s see how scriptures put it:
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Make no mistake, a state of emptiness isn’t necessarily a state where spiritual activities are not often engaged, it can also be a state where one’s current knowledge and authority isn’t a threat to the opposition. You may be wondering why despite all your fasting and prayer, demons won’t stop oppressing you; this is most likely the reason.
It’s time to “come up hither”, you’ve compassed that mountain of power long enough, it’s time to come up. I can’t imagine a demon telling me that I’m empty despite my heavy involvements in kingdom principles, I’d be so upset. However, if it ever happens, then it simply means it’s time to seek for higher levels of spiritual intelligence. When oppositions consistently resist you, it simply means you need to upgrade. If you continue to lose spiritual battles despite your spiritual activities, then you may get discouraged and eventually get cold again.
I wish I could write more on this, but the article is already too long.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!