Please, Lord, let the fire fall!

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Good day precious children of the most high God. Glynis and I have been praying for everything concerning you and your family.

Family, our mission here at the Resurrection Center is to “empower every person to LOVE-CONNECT-SERVE.” Do you believe that this is possible? I do! But only if certain things take place and happen.

If we are going to fulfill our mission and accomplish our task, we need the “fire of God.” What is the “FIRE of GOD?” Thank you for asking!

Fire is a wonderful picture of the power and work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is like a fire in at least three ways:

  1. He brings God’s presence.
  2. God’s passion.
  3. and God’s purity.

The Holy Spirit is the presence of God as He indwells within the heart of the believer. Romans 8:9 says, “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact, the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.”

Family, the Bible teaches us that God guides and comforts us with the Holy Spirit that dwells in our physical bodies, which is the “tabernacle” and/or the “temple of the living God.”

In the book of Hebrews 12:29, it describes God as “a consuming fire,” so it is not surprising that fire often appears as a symbol of God’s presence. Examples include the burning bush (Exodus 3:2), the Shekinah glory (Exodus 14:19; Numbers 9:15-16), and Ezekiel’s vision (Ezekiel 1:4). Fire has often been an instrument of God’s judgment (Numbers 11:1, 3; 2 Kings 1:10, 12) and a sign of His power (Judges 13:20; 1 Kings 18:38).

For obvious reasons, fire was necessary for the Old Testament sacrifices. The fire on the altar of burnt offering was a divine gift, having been lit originally by God Himself according to Leviticus 9:24. It says, “And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.” In Leviticus 10:1-2, God charged the priests with keeping His fire lit and made it clear that fire from any other source was unacceptable.

In the New Testament, the altar can serve as a picture of our commitment to the Lord. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called upon to offer our bodies as “living sacrifices,” engulfed by the divine gift: the inextinguishable fire of the Holy Spirit. At the very beginning of the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is associated with fire. John the Baptist predicts that Jesus will be the One to “baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” When the Holy Spirit began His ministry of indwelling the early church, He chose to appear as “tongues of fire” resting on each of the believers. At that moment, “all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

The Holy Spirit is the one who creates the passion of God in our hearts. After the two traveling disciples talk with the resurrected Jesus, they describe their hearts as “burning within us.” After the apostles receive the Spirit at Pentecost, they have a passion that lasts a lifetime and compels them to speak the word of God boldly. The Holy Spirit produces the purity of God in our lives. God’s purpose is to purify us, and the Spirit is the agent of our sanctification.

Family, we need the fire to fall, or we could say we need to “GET LIT,” “STAY LIT,” and “SPREAD IT.” Bill Bright once said, “the doctrine of the Holy Spirit may be the most neglected doctrine in the church today.” He also said, “that in the course of his ministry he has surveyed thousands of Christians in churches around the world, and determined that nearly 95% of the respondents have indicated that they have little knowledge of who the Holy Spirit is, or why He exists”.

See, one of the first dangers we teach our children is the danger of heat and fire. We all know that physical fire can be hazardous and destructive, and we know a lot about physical fire, but many people know very little about the fire of the Holy Spirit. J. I. Packer has said, “The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is the Cinderella of Christian doctrines.”

In the Bible, we read about two types of baptism. One is a baptism of water, the second is a baptism of fire. The Bible says John baptized with water, but Jesus baptized with fire; water baptism is visible, fire baptism is invisible; one baptism is wet, one baptism is dry. One may have no effect on the person being baptized, for it’s possible to go do down in the water a dry sinner and come back up a wet sinner. The problem is you are still a sinner. But the fire baptism always affects the way we live our lives, and it sets us on fire for God. Practically speaking, every Christian knows something about baptism with water, but many Christians don’t know about baptism with fire. That’s why we need the FIRE TO FALL!

It is interesting that in Matthew 3:10-12, fire is mentioned three times. In v.10, we see purging fire. For “every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

In v.12, we see punishing fire. For He will “gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

But here in v.11, we see purifying fire, for “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” The Holy Spirit is a fire, and when He is ignited in your heart, He will burn sin out, He will burn self-up, and He will burn the Savior in. A fire does two things: It gives heat, and it gives light. That is precisely what the Holy Spirit does. He is God’s heat for a cold heart and God’s light for a dark soul.

There are at least two reasons why we must learn the basics of the Holy Spirit. A man named Thomas Arnold said, “He who does not know God, the Holy Spirit, does not know God at all.” Meaning, you cannot know God except through the Holy Spirit. But secondly, you can never understand what the Holy Spirit does until you realize who the Holy Spirit is.

TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK…