KEY SCRIPTURE: John 2:17 KJV “And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.”
(Read 2 Kings 9 & 10). Zeal in the heart of a man is like fire in coal that burns whatever it comes into contact with. It is a consuming energy that cannot be stopped. Jehu was anointed to be king of Israel. He was commissioned to wipe out all the filth created by Ahab, by wiping out the family of Ahab, destroy all the prophets of Baal and totally stop Baal worship in Israel. Jehu executed this mission without fail. It was zeal for God burning in his bones that caused him to go that length. He had to use brute force in certain occasions and other times was just tactful. In all these he was very consistent and so he progressed steadily till the whole task was fully executed.
What kept his zeal burning till he got to his ultimate? Among other factors, Jehu expressed his anger against the whoredom and witchcraft of Jezebel in Israel. (2 Kings 9:22) This attitude whipped up his desire or zeal to get his tasks done. What will your zeal do for you?
1 Your zeal causes you to overlook hindrances and reproaches to obtain your goal.
2. Zeal will push you to do whatever God tells you to do.
3.Zeal for God makes you do everything for God in sincerity
4. Zeal in your heart coupled with proper knowledge makes you produce
5. Your zeal will make the fire of God to keep burning in you.
You can’t be really effective without your zeal. You would need a great zeal for God to do much for him.
HOW can one maintain his zeal always.? Your zeal must be kept burning lest it will die. You may have to do the following to maintain your zeal.
1 Maintain a constant time of prayer. Pray more in tongues Jude 1:20
2 Have at least one day of the week to be fasting always.
3.Read your Bible and maintain a daily devotional time.
4.Daily witness to the saving power of our Lord Jesus.
5.Spend some moments each day to deeply worship the Lord.
6.Remain JOYFUL always Phil 4:4
7.Stop any appearance of sin, or sinful habit
8.Keep reminding yourself of your goals for God, by writing them down.
As you do these things your zeal will always be alive to execute every task effectively.
Dear heavenly father, may your fire continue to burn in our hearts. Nothing of the flesh will have a place in me.
Psalms 69:9 KJV” For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me”.
Jude 1:20 & 21 KJV “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”