• Subscribe
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Spotify
  • Google Podcasts
August 06, 2018

Ep.1033: How Do I Relight the Fire of My Christian Faith?

Remedies for those things that drain away the vitality of our faith

If you do not have a password, please subscribe to our FREE Premium Content for the Full Edition version of CQ Rewind. The welcome message will contain your password, and a reminder will be sent each week when the CQ Rewind is available online for you to read, print, or download.


How are we sure our zeal is godly and not just human passion?

What about when we are challenged to the point of feeling crushed?

What about when we fail?

What about lethargy?

Theme Scripture: John 2:17

When we think of Christian faith we often think of those heroes past and present whose lives reflect the courage and fortitude needed to stand up for Christ in the face of an opposite world.  We recall their drive, experiences and actions and  feel inspired. What zeal! Then we look at our own lives, and it is at this point that we can often get totally depressed!  Where is the passion, the conviction and the heroic stand of MY faith?  How is it that life seems to keep getting in MY way? I don’t always feel or act in accordance with the living faith I see in others.  What's wrong with me?  Is my faith genuine?  If so, then what do I have to do to put it in its rightful place regarding my daily life experiences?  Is it even possible for me to become a “hero of faith” even in a small way? How do I relight faith?

Continue Reading


The word “zeal” in the Bible means “heat.”  The most common misconception about zeal is that it depicts emotion.  It does not.  When Jesus cleared the Temple of the moneychangers he was recognized as fulfilling the prophecy (Psalm 69:9) that said, “The zeal of thine house hath consumed me.”  This scene was NOT describing Jesus barreling through the Temple tossing tables and smashing THINGS in an angry fit of rage.  No, his motivation was far deeper, stronger and more focused than simple anger.  Jesus saw corruption and thievery against the common people.  It was happening in the Temple, a place devoted to solemn praise and worship of God.  He could not allow such disrespect to be given without standing in its way and proclaiming the holiness of God’s house.  That is zeal.


Many of us believe that if we do not have the courage Jesus displayed and an opportunity for a dramatic expression, we must be lacking in passion.   This is the second common misconception about zeal, as it is not usually expressed with such public vigor.  Actually, Christian fervor is expressed in many different ways and on many different levels.  It is developed and expressed internally as well as externally, and therefore may not ever be blatantly recognizable to those around you.


The third misconception about Christian zeal is that it is a self-perpetuating power.  This could not be further from the truth.  Christian passion and focus need help every step of the way.  There are many life circumstances that can derail or diffuse it.  Check out our August 6, 2018 podcast, “How do I Relight the Fire of My Christian Faith?” for more on this.  We look at several biblical examples of those whose zeal got lost or overshadowed.  We follow what they did and what happened to rekindle their fire.  Understanding their dramatic experiences of lost zeal provides us with several valuable tools to apply in our own lives to our own fervor.  Your Christian zeal is important – it can and should define you. Listen in and relight that fire!


Watch Our Episode Preview

0 replies

Leave your comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Episodes


Is Mourning Out Loud Over Our Losses Good for Us?

Discovering the foundational role that expressing anguish plays in life

Have We Lost Our Ability to Honor One Another? (Part I)

Biblical examples of how honor can and should permeate our lives

It’s Time to Change, but How Much Is Enough?

Prioritizing our needed life changes and setting up to accomplish them
happy life

Is There a Christian Secret to a Happy Life?

Finding biblical clues for living a life of Christian happiness
doubts pt 1

How Can I Doubt My Doubts? (Part I)

Learning the difference between constructive and destructive doubts
new Christian

I’m a New Christian! Now What?

Uncovering the many “need to know” aspects of living for Jesus
prayer life

How Can I Transform My Prayer Life? (Part II)

Discussing the practical everyday questions that make prayer work
Christian thinking

We Are What We Think About, So What Are We Thinking About? (Part I)

Unlocking the process of refocusing our thoughts towards godliness
Christian faith

What Does It Feel Like To Have Real Faith?

Digging into the depth, power and transformative qualities of true faith

If I Have God’s Peace, Why Am I So Stressed?

Learning to reduce negative stress and replace it with God’s peace

What Can David, a Battlefront and Cheese Teach Us?

Learning the mindset and life focus of being always ready to serve God
self-control, faithfulness, gentleness

Do I Walk in the Spirit or the Lusts of My Human Nature? (Part V)

The life-changing conclusion of faithfulness, gentleness and self-control