I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:
TO TO FAN THE FLAME, NOT PUT IT OUT
Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law
JESUS DOESN’T QUENCH WHAT IS STILL SMOKING.
“SMOKING FLAX” is a linen wick of a candle or lamp that is almost quenched. Jesus did not quench the spiritual fire in anyone, He kindled it. Maybe there was a time when you were on fire for God, but your flame has begun to flicker out. Maybe a passion used to burn in your soul for The Lord. Maybe you were in Gods Word and it burned inside your soul, but you have grown apart from God’s Word. Maybe the preaching of Gods Word used to kindle a desire to serve The Lord, but you have become more difficult to motivate. Maybe life has thrown some water on your fire. Maybe circumstances have decreased the flame inside your soul. Maybe coldness has entered where heat used to dominate. Maybe gradual apathy has quenched the burning desire that once motivated you to serve God. Maybe you are but a spark of the fire you once were. Maybe the heat of your spiritual fire that had at one time even heated others, has now failed to even heat yourself. Maybe you feel that the fire is gone and fading smoke is all that is left
God will not quench that dying fire, and if you let Him, He will breathe new life into your fire. He will pile the wood of his grace to reignite your fire. He will kindle what is left with His mercy, stoke what is still burning with His Word, and ignite with possibility the burning in your soul. Others might be lining up to criticize what your fire has become. Some might be kicking dirt into the remains of your fire, but God is determined to see you burn once again.
* II Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.