The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. -Leviticus 6:12 NIV
There are two types of fires. The first burns within you, motivating, encouraging, and guiding you. The other is the fire that burns on the outside, consuming everything in its destructive path. The first fire is the presence of God, the Holy Spirit.
The presence of God is found on the altar, because that’s where the sacrifice is made. The altar is found inside the temple. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says you are God’s temple, your body houses the Holy Spirit, and that’s why you must take care of it and keep it holy and pure.
The second fire is the destroyer, or “burnout.” When you are burned out, you say it’s because you’re overworked and underpaid. But actually, it’s because you’re overstressed and under rested. God said, “Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you.” (Exodus 31:14 NIV).
The “Sabbath” is a period of rest. God commands you to rest so you won’t experience the emotional and physical anguish of burnout—the death of the Spirit’s fire burning within you. He wants you to be continuously motivated by Holy Spirit’s fire. Don’t put out the Spirit’s fire. (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
- Ask Holy Spirit to show you what you need to change in order to keep the Spirit’s fire burning.
- Thank God for sending you His holy fire to burn in your heart.