“For by [faith—trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report.” Hebrews 11:2 AMP
When I look at this verse, it feels like the formula for a combustion engine. Just a very small amount of faith can start a flame that fuels significantly larger amounts of more faith! It is a faith larger than a singular purpose. It is sustainable faith that becomes a lifestyle.
I love the thought of “holy fervor.” Fervor means great warmth and earnestness of feeling; intense heat. Synonyms are ardor, passion, zeal. My own experience is to taste it – that walk of faith – nothing else compares. Stepping into faith and trusting God creates an ease and confidence in a force much bigger than ourselves. It ignites the seed of power and authority that God originally placed in each one of us. However, it is a power and authority that requires that we yield our hearts in soft submission in order to experience it. It is not about striving or performing. It is a soft, pliable trust in God. It is so powerful that God has to take us on a journey of a lifetime to understand how to use it. Seizing that trust with passion and zeal – in holy fervor – starts to fan the flame of explosive faith.
Father, stir up the holy fervor within me! I pray that I hold tightly to the seed of faith that You have placed inside of me. Fan the flame! I pray that it ignites the warmth and intensity of Your love within me. Help me to lean into You in the face of any storm – emotional, work, relationship, financial, physical or mental. I pray that with every trusting step toward You my faith grows. I pray the flame grows stronger and brighter in You.