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Be A Spiritual Fanatic

Zeal Devotion Faithfulness

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Scripture: Proverbs 20:6

Author: Illustration Exchange / Unknown Author
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ILLUSTRATION

Fanatics are those who seem to live in extremes. Many who are called spiritual “fanatics” are simply those who are more devoted than ourselves. But when you stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ:

  • Would you rather be told you believed too much or you believed too little?
  • Would you rather be told you cared to much or you cared too little?
  • Would you rather be told you tried to hard, or you didn’t try hard enough?
  • Would you rather be told you were too forgiving or you were too judgmental?
  • Would you rather be told, “Well done, thou hyper-hopeful, risk-taking servant” or “Well done, thou cautious, play-it-safe servant?” Author Unknown

 

APPLICATION

When it comes to faithfulness, be a fanatic!

"Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?" (Proverbs 20:6).

The Best Way To Pray

Prayer Humor Zeal

Contributed By: Sam Murrell | Date Posted: 2013-03-09

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2

Author: Unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

Three friends sat discussing the best positions for
prayer, while a telephone repairman worked nearby

"Kneeling is definitely the best way to pray,"  said the first.

"No," said the second one. "I get the best results standing with my hands
outstretched to Heaven."

"You're both wrong," said the third man. "The most effective prayer position is
lying down on the floor."

The repairman could contain himself no longer. "Hey, fellas,"
he interrupted. "The best prayin' I ever did was when I was hangin' upside
down from a telephone pole."

APPLICATION

Too often prayer is discussed in the abstract, but it's real life circumstances that usually dictate how fervently we pray. Nevertheless, our need for God's grace is too great and too often for us to wait till we're "hangin' upside down from a telephone pole."

Remember, "now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Genius, Champion, Master, Fanatic!

Zeal Persecution Worldly Mindset

Source: CARROLL COUNTY TIMES, Friday, May 15, 1992, p. C9

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-06

Scripture: Matthew 5:11

Author: Rudy Tidwell
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ILLUSTRATION

"Consider the following," says Rudy Tidwell, columnist for the Carroll County Times:

A student studies his books diligently, burns the midnight oil studying, goes without eating properly, gets his degrees and his names is included in a 'Who's Who' book and he's called a GENIUS!

An athlete works out everyday, follows the coaches' instructions, disciplines his life rigidly, puts almost every waking moment into his sport, goes to the Olympics and wins a gold medal and he's called a CHAMPION!

A lodge member meets all the requirements for advancements, never misses a lodge meeting, gets involved in all sorts of civic and lodge activities and eventually makes it to the top position in his lodge and he's call a GRAND MASTER!

An entertainment idol burns the candle at both ends, compromises moral standards in order to advance, uses people to get to the top of his profession, neglects his family and ignores his spiritual life and he's called a STAR!

APPLICATION

"However," he continues:

A Christian can get his heart right with God, get excited about his salvation and new life, live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, attend Bible study and worship, show joy ... weep over sin .. read his Bible and pray, and do you know what some people will call him? A CRAZY RELIGIOUS FANATIC! Strange, isn't it?

"God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way" (Matthew 5:11-12, NLT).

Feeling Distant from God

Zeal Worship Discipleship

Contributed By: Rick Stacy | Date Posted: 2012-09-27

Scripture: Revelation 2:4

Author: Rick Stacy
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Hungry for God

Fasting Spiritual Growth Zeal

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-06

Scripture: Matthew 5:6

Author: Ben Patterson
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The "Stand On Your Head" Method

Evangelism Zeal Criticism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-25

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:29

Author: William Booth
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Burn Out Or Rust Out?

Zeal Procrastination Productivity

Contributed By: David Cranford | Date Posted: 2012-01-03

Scripture: Romans 12:11

Author: David Cranford
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Divine Inflammation

Prayer Devotion Zeal

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-09-21

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Passion for Barney

Passion Influence Evangelism

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-02-20

Scripture: John 1:45 ; John 4:29

Author: Rob Tucker
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Be Still To Hear

Meditation Hearing God's Voice Distractions

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-05

Scripture: Psalms 46:10

Author: James Hamilton
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