Besides, in the ordinary course of events, "all that will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution" in one kind or other. Preliminary to all holy service must be regeneration. As the spirit of prayer mounts up, there is true spiritual elevation; and as it is restrained and falls low, there is a depression of the spiritual principle within us. Diligence.2. for remember that which is uppermost in thy heart is thy master. All this, however, is but a small part of the obligation which His mercy has laid you under. The happiest members of any church are the most diligent.4. A motive to fervour and diligence in the service of God ariseth from the difficulties that attend our duty. 3. TO EXPLAIN THAT FERVOUR OF SPIRIT SO REQUISITE IN THE EXERCISES OF DEVOTION, AND ENFORCE IT WITH A FEW ARGUMENTS.1. As our fervour should be employed in the service of God, or in those duties that God hath plainly commanded, so it ought likewise to aim for His glory, otherwise it is unhallowed passion, which debaseth everything that proceeds from it. The natural element of godliness. To serve God is —1. That which cometh from the crab will still be sour, plant the tree where you will. Seeing then He upholds our existence, and is the Parent of so many mercies, has He not, as our supreme Benefactor, a title to the service of our whole lives, and to all the fervent of our spirits? Even when man was innocent, God allowed him not to be idle. And yet, when a man comes that wakes up the congregation, there are a great many men that look up and say, "Who knows whereunto this thing will grow?" It first reduces them to poverty and then tempts them to supply their wants by all the arts of dishonesty and baseness. A sinner is unsuitable for service till he be new-created.2. (5)Zeal for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), which yet must be —(a)Tempered with knowledge (Romans 10:2). True fervour of spirit proceedeth from above. WHAT THIS IMPLIES.1. 4. Farrar. Only (Matthew 4:10).6. When the two have been combined; when the sense of devotion has been united with the exaltation of charity, it has produced the most glorious and blessed benefactors of the world. NOTE THE MISTAKE AND UNREASONABLENESS OF THOSE WHO PROPOSE TO LEAD A CHRISTIAN LIFE BEFORE THEY DIE, BUT WHO THINK THEY CANNOT FOR THE PRESENT ENTER UPON IT ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR BUSINESS. In like manner the Christian has within him an index by which he may take cognisance, and by which he may measure the elevation and degrees of his spirituality — it is the spirit of inward devotion. I. That we should be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; because it is absolutely impossible that we can do too much. But life is above all price; and a man who is fit to preach at all, must be fit to preach because he has the power of inflammation. WHAT ARE ITS EVIDENCES?1. There is but one way in which you can have a sound theology, and that is by living so near to God that you have the witness of the Divine Spirit in you that you are the sons of God. True fervour of spirit proceedeth from above. It is a sad proof of our want of zeal that London is still so grossly ignorant of this. The best friends are not those that for ever hang upon your neck, but those whose whole life and occupation have found out how to serve you by the ten thousand amenities of love. Consider(1)They are great works you perform (2 Corinthians 2:16). It is said that you cannot expect a man to act in business as he would in his household. TO EXPLAIN THAT FERVOUR OF SPIRIT SO REQUISITE IN THE EXERCISES OF DEVOTION, AND ENFORCE IT WITH A FEW ARGUMENTS. A man's capacity to do business is improved by religion. Romans 12:11-13 Posted April 29, 2013 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,serve the Lord. Abhor What Is Evil; Hold Fast to What Is Good. The highest pleasure. A great many Christians claim that there is a living force in them; but when you look you never see it — it is never disclosed. The substitution of decorum for emotion, of polish for deep feeling, of taste for conscience — in other words, the worship of culture — there can be nothing wider from the true spirit of the gospel than that. We must carry the light of feeling out to a boisterous world; and the feeling is to be carried up to an intensity such that it will burn or shine out, and be able to withstand the influences that are streaming from life on every side. The end of our being.(J. He who weighed the mountains in scales has had a clear eye to the adjustment of truth in His Word. Next to devotion (and a man cannot be engaged in that always), there is no relief against wearing anxieties so effectual as the necessity of engrossing work. WHERE IS IT NECESSARY? A SCHOOL OF PATIENCE. It takes cognisance of the slightest variation, and every change is pointed out by its elevation or depression, so that we are accurately acquainted with the actual state of the air, and at any given time. Obediently (1 Samuel 12:14).3. Love to God is the principle, the law of God is the rule, and His glory the end of all its operations. THE PRESENT NEED OF THIS SERVICE. Thereby, says an admired ancient, we build a nobler temple to the Deity than creation can present. It is to Count Zinzendorf and the that we owe the revival of missionary zeal. What supported them was the fervency of spirit which prefers labour to sloth, and love to selfishness, and truth to falsehood, and God to gold.III. Our devoting ourselves wholly to Him and His way (2 Corinthians 8:5; Matthew 6:24).2. Heavenly spirits enjoy unbroken rest, but they find their rest in serving God day and night. That which cometh from the crab will still be sour, plant the tree where you will. To them it belongs to reform public abuses, to encourage useful arts, and to establish such wise regulations as may contribute to maintain the order and advance the happiness of society. True fervour of spirit proceedeth from above. If anything be done without orders, it may be excessive activity, but it is not service. And yet, when a man comes that wakes up the congregation, there are a great many men that look up and say, "Who knows whereunto this thing will grow?" There is need enough of it in this city. THE DIFFICULTIES CONNECTED WITH THE SERVICE OF GOD REQUIRE IT. A great many Christians claim that there is a living force in them; but when you look you never see it — it is never disclosed. Israel would for ever have made bricks in Egypt if the Lord had not brought them forth with an outstretched arm. WHERE IS IT NECESSARY? That this fervour must be always under the direction of Christian prudence, that it may not break out into indecent heats, and carry us beyond the limits of our office or station in the society to which we belong.II. SOME OF THE MODES IN WHICH WE MAY SERVE THE LORD.1. Unless you serve Him you must serve sin and Satan (Matthew 6:24).2. In retirement.(J. IN RESPECT TO EVERY KIND OF SERVICE, TO WHICH AS CHRISTIANS YOU ARE CALLED, LET THERE BE NO SLOTHFULNESS, BUT, ON THE CONTRARY, PROMPTNESS AND ZEAL. They who give thousands to the cause of Christ do well, but they do no better than the widow who, having two mites, gave all.2. We are not to be self-complacently content with having merely spoken the truth, we are to look for signs following. Has any of you made the attempt, and do you find it an easy matter? It is not in dreams that we come under the full power of the world to come; but often in toil we feel the dignity of manhood within us that is not yet revealed. It is to Count Zinzendorf and the that we owe the revival of missionary zeal. How many think they are serving God when they have never turned to His commandments 1 What God doth not bid you hath no power over your conscience, even though pope and prelate decree it.4. Consider —1. "Serving the LordC. You whose occupations engross your time, I cannot imagine that God has given even to you a light which is quite covered with a bushel. The ungodly are slaves to Satan. At the same time, we must not neglect the spiritual because of the pressing demands of the temporal. (2) Through this we should aim at the conversion of sinners. What thanks, what services, shall we not then render to our Supreme Benefactor, who has translated us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His Son!(J. We are not to be self-complacently content with having merely spoken the truth, we are to look for signs following. Apollos "being fervent in spirit, he taught diligently the things of the Lord" (Acts 18:25). Piety is the foundation of virtue and morality. Hast thou been compelled by Divine grace to leave thy sins? There is no feeling which answers to the test of the Word of God that is not fervent.1. In the last century missionaries were regarded as foolish and rash, and I know not what. The exercise of graces; in our —(1)Love to God (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37). If God is glorified by his sufferings, the fervent Christian hath gained his end.3. THE GREAT TRUTHS OF THE GOSPEL ARE TO BE ACCEPTED IN THEIR PLENITUDE AND REALITY ONLY IN A FERVENT STATE OF MIND. Then for one thousand years the darkness was only broken by here and there a man like St. Louis of France, or St. . You vowed to serve Him in baptism (Deuteronomy 26:17, 18).4. That God deserves the most zealous and active service we can pay to Him.2. Such are the difficulties that attend religion; and do not these make zeal or fervour necessary.4. It is a beam from the Father of lights, pure and benign, which at once enlightens and warms the mind.2. Love to God is the principle, the law of God is the rule, and His glory the end of all its operations. Thereby, says an admired ancient, we build a nobler temple to the Deity than creation can present. Leaving the greatest of all, look at Joseph, Moses, David and Daniel. Romans 12:11, 12: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. Think of young and sickly David Brainerd going alone into the wild forests of America and among their wilder denizens, with the words "Not from necessity but from choice, for it seems to me that God's dealings towards me have fitted me for a life of solitariness and hardship." Thus the barometer makes us acquainted with the actual state of the atmosphere. G. H. Spurgeon.The harmony of Scripture is admirable. Think of Adoniram Judson and the tortures he bore so cheerfully in his Burmese prison. Again and again this Divine fire has died out of the world; again and again has it been rekindled by God's chosen sons. We must carry the light of feeling out to a boisterous world; and the feeling is to be carried up to an intensity such that it will burn or shine out, and be able to withstand the influences that are streaming from life on every side. We must serve God in the way of His appointment. A motive to fervour and diligence in the service of God ariseth from the difficulties that attend our duty. Think what truths would have been drowned in deep seas of oblivion if Huss had not gone calmly to the stake. Maintains us (Acts 17:28).3. It declines no duty that bears the stamp of His authority. A motive to fervour and diligence in the service of God ariseth from the difficulties that attend our duty. Seeing then He upholds our existence, and is the Parent of so many mercies, has He not, as our supreme Benefactor, a title to the service of our whole lives, and to all the fervent of our spirits? )Serving the LordJ. A sinner is unsuitable for service till he be new-created.2. While the doctrinal part of Scripture is exceeding full, the practical part is not one whit less copious. This is the fitting climax of the whole. At the same time, we must not neglect the spiritual because of the pressing demands of the temporal. Due.2. In the first centuries every Christian looked on it as a part of his life to be God's missionary, and for centuries the Church produced men like and Columban. THE ENTHUSIASM OF OUR SOCIAL PHILANTHROPISTS. The highest pleasure. IT IS ENJOINED BY GOD'S POSITIVE COMMAND. Such are the difficulties that attend religion; and do not these make zeal or fervour necessary.4. If you serve Him He will cause all things to serve you (Romans 8:28).6. The happiest members of any church are the most diligent.4. Obediently (1 Samuel 12:14).3. In none, however, did this spirit more immediately display itself than in our blessed Lord and Saviour. Fervour of spirit is, in general, opposed to lukewarmness and indifference. (2) Through this we should aim at the conversion of sinners. What man has done more for multitudes of souls than John Pounds, the Plymouth cobbler, who became the founder of ragged schools? )Religious fervourR. 1. )A fervent pietyJ. We are to have "fervid charity"; not languid and somnolent charity, but a charity that flames, that boils. )LinksRomans 12:11 NIVRomans 12:11 NLTRomans 12:11 ESVRomans 12:11 NASBRomans 12:11 KJVRomans 12:11 Bible AppsRomans 12:11 ParallelRomans 12:11 Biblia ParalelaRomans 12:11 Chinese BibleRomans 12:11 French BibleRomans 12:11 German BibleRomans 12:11 CommentariesBible Hub. Conclusion: "And now, are you, that are grouped into a church, living, with real glow and fervour, a religious life? The substitution of decorum for emotion, of polish for deep feeling, of taste for conscience — in other words, the worship of culture — there can be nothing wider from the true spirit of the gospel than that. )Serving the LordJ. It is to worship the senses, and that on a very low plane of life. Unless you serve Him you must serve sin and Satan (Matthew 6:24).2. We are to pray as if all depended upon our praying. The repudiation of all other service.3. Continually (Luke 1:75).III. Nothing will last but that which is wrought by Divine power.5. It was an ordinance of David that the soldiers who watched by the stuff should be accounted to be as true soldiers as those who joined in the actual conflict. It is —1. Heavenly spirits enjoy unbroken rest, but they find their rest in serving God day and night. But what must it be to have God for your Master.3. Is it possible to render unto God more than His goodness gives Him a right to claim? Divine acceptance. What thanks, what services, shall we not then render to our Supreme Benefactor, who has translated us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His Son!(J. LET THE EXAMPLE OF THE SAINTS ANIMATE YOU TO CULTIVATE IT. God not only deserves such service as I am pleading for, He likewise demands it, and will not be put off with anything less. The apostle elsewhere in this Epistle uses the same phrase, "And rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:2). ALL THE CONCEPTIONS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE THAT ESTEEM STRONG FEELING TO BE VULGAR ARE UNCHRISTIAN AND UNPHILOSOPHICAL; they are utterly unallied to the whole nature of grace, or to the disclosure of God's feeling in the human soul; and yet there are a great many who have such a conception. Those of you who do not need to toil for your daily bread, your very leisure is a hint what the Lord would have you to do. Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. True devotion strengthens our obligations to a holy life, and superadds a new motive to every social and civil duty. I doubt not that many sick beds are doing more for Christ than our pulpits. There is no feeling which answers to the test of the Word of God that is not fervent.1. We must stand continually ready to obey the Lord's will in anything and everything without distinction. FERVOUR, in general, is opposed to lukewarmness or indifference, and denotes that edge or keenness, that activity and diligence, which we commonly exert in the pursuit of any object we highly value and wish to possess. Having exhorted his readers to put on the whole armour of God - the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit - he adds, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit." As I understand faith, it is such a quickening of the mind, such an expansion of its power, such a luminousness shining through it of the fires of a sanctified imagination working on moral and spiritual elements, that the whole man is lifted up into a higher sphere, and reasons upon things that are not in the vulgar court of a mere justice of the peace, but in the spiritual court of the Holy Ghost. Prompted by God's love in the heart.3. W. Beecher.I. THE ENTHUSIASM OF OUR SOCIAL PHILANTHROPISTS. Are your lamps filled and burning? In zeal for God's glory.2. God not only deserves such service as I am pleading for, He likewise demands it, and will not be put off with anything less. True devotion strengthens our obligations to a holy life, and superadds a new motive to every social and civil duty. That spirit consecrates life, sweetens life, saves life. Ask what the world would be without the sun.II. The Scriptures abound in exhortations not merely to serve the Lord, but to do so with fervency and zeal, to work while it is day, for the night cometh, when no man can work. The apostle Paul provides a theological framework for what it means to follow Christ totally and the consequential c… "(1) Hast thou then been bought with the great Master's money? (ESV) In this sermon on Romans 12:11-12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches about the importance of serving the Lord with zeal. In the last century missionaries were regarded as foolish and rash, and I know not what. WHAT IS ENTHUSIASM? WHEREIN IT CONSISTS —1. The performance of duties in —(1)Prayer (1 Corinthians 14:15). It is a sad proof of our want of zeal that London is still so grossly ignorant of this. Forgiven, they have longed with others to share the same forgiveness, and they have been ready to do all, and to dare all, for His sake who died for them. Surely it is as much the element of a Christian to do good as for a fish to swim, or a bird to fly, or a tree to yield her fruits.2. All this, however, is but a small part of the obligation which His mercy has laid you under. Are your lamps filled and burning? But no such sacrifice is demanded. You whose occupations engross your time, I cannot imagine that God has given even to you a light which is quite covered with a bushel. Fervour of spirit is, in general, opposed to lukewarmness and indifference. It was zeal for the Lord, manifesting itself by obedience, holy, fervid, and strenuous exertion to promote the glory of God. Updated: Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:12 By admin. The warm-hearted Christian extends his good offices to all around him, and useth all that power and influence which his station gives him to discourage vice and to advance the kingdom of Christ in the world.6. Neither rank nor wealth can confer a prerogative to be idle. Has any of you made the attempt, and do you find it an easy matter? The Christian will serve the Lord in every relationship of life - in his home, in his business, in his amusements. It implies —1. WHAT IS ENTHUSIASM? We cannot neglect either, and may not disparage either; and therefore that which God hath joined together let no man put asunder. Let Christ be head of your firm, The Lord thy God giveth thee power to get wealth — praise God from whom all blessings flow. Think what a sink of abominations the nominal Church of God might now have been if the voice of Luther had never shaken the world. The end of our being.(J. However difficult it may seem to be to pronounce on the invisibilities of our spirituality, yet there is a barometer to determine the elevation or depression of the spiritual principle. Lyth, D.D. Be industrious in religion. Awakened and sustained by God's Spirit.II. It is a sad proof of our want of zeal that London is still so grossly ignorant of this. Again and again this Divine fire has died out of the world; again and again has it been rekindled by God's chosen sons. Walker. It plunged Roger Bacon into torture and imprisonment; it made Columbus face the terrors of unknown seas; it caused years of persecution to Galileo, to Kepler, to Newton, to the early geologists, to Charles Darwin. Our manhood is developed by exercise.IV. W. If not in the world —. That this gracious temper extends its regards to all God's commandments. Fervour of spirit is, in general, opposed to lukewarmness and indifference. In the world.3. There is need enough of it in this city. The great propriety of this is apparent, if we call to mind —, 1. Exactitude, trustworthiness, where there is no eye but God's to see. THE PRESENT NEED OF THIS SERVICE. (1) In the first place, as the Almighty is the Creator of the world, and the Father of the human race, He is likewise their Preserver, and the Author of order and harmony in the universe. The distinguishing property of true Christian fervour is this: It will make us peculiarly attentive to our own behaviour, and begin with correcting what is faulty in ourselves. Is it not time that you should wake out of your sleep? WHY SHOULD WE UNDERTAKE IT? God not only deserves such service as I am pleading for, He likewise demands it, and will not be put off with anything less. What a light from heaven was shed on countless wanderers by Robert Raikes, John Howard, and Elizabeth Fry! Christ says, "Which of you by multiplying worry and fret can accomplish anything beyond the limits that God has imposed upon you?" Again and again this Divine fire has died out of the world; again and again has it been rekindled by God's chosen sons. Farrar.I. But life is above all price; and a man who is fit to preach at all, must be fit to preach because he has the power of inflammation. To serve God is —1. But when the soul has been kindled, and the understanding is regnant, and all the best affections cluster around the reason to give it expression, the heavens cannot contain God, and the earth is full of His glory and companionship. )Religion in daily lifeH. The Christian is not to be a worse tradesman because of his religion, but a better. They who give thousands to the cause of Christ do well, but they do no better than the widow who, having two mites, gave all.2. W. Sincerely (John 4:24; Psalm 51:6).4. for remember that which is uppermost in thy heart is thy master. "(1) Hast thou then been bought with the great Master's money? Heavenly spirits enjoy unbroken rest, but they find their rest in serving God day and night. (2) This will appear still more when we consider the superior obligations which we are laid under by Christianity. The devil frustrates their efficacy by cutting off their ends. G. 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