We are continuing from the previous message ‘The History Of Fire’. In there, we saw some of the various instances where the fire of God is mentioned in the Bible. The Bible teaches us that God is fire. He is a consuming fire in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit imparts His fire, which does not destroy but fills us with power from heaven.
“I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human,… The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.” – Ezekiel 1:4-5,13.
These creatures Ezekiel saw in the vision were living and moving in fire. God is fire. These creatures were experiencing the immense presence of God and they were carrying that fire when they were moving. In this New Testament era, we are supposed to live and move in the fire of God. That is why on the day of Pentecost, at the birth of church, God released His fire on His people.
“As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.” – Daniel 7:9-10. No ministry without fire! From the day of Pentecost, God has shown us that the apostles were filled with fire.
“But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness.” – Malachi 3:2-3. “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” – 1 Peter 1:7. Fire consumes unwanted impurities. At the same time it refines rare, precious metals. You are precious to God, and He will refine and purify you with His fire.
We saw that on the day of Pentecost, God moved his residence to inside the hearts of His people. Everything is internalized now. When you get saved, the Holy Spirit comes inside of you, and when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit, the power of the Holy Spirit is released from within you. At salvation you receive the Holy Spirit and at baptism you release the Holy Spirit into the world. That is what happened on the day of Pentecost. The disciples had already received the Holy Spirit from Jesus after His resurrection (John 20:22), but at Pentecost, they were baptized by the fire of the Holy Spirit and the power started flowing from within them into the world.
We human beings are made of three parts, body, soul, and spirit. When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit quickens your spirit that was dead till then. He comes inside giving the life of God to your spirit and it becomes born again. At baptism by the Holy Spirit, His fire fills your spirit and from your spirit it overflows through the soul part of your being into your physical body. Through your tongue the Holy Spirit will come out as rivers of Living Water.
In the Old Testament the fire of God manifested in the external world; in the burning bush, on the mountaintop, in the cloud, as pillar of fire, on the altar, etc. It never came inside the people to reside in them forever. Whereas, in the New Testament, when God established His church, His fire came upon and started residing inside the people–the church–the body of Christ, forever. The external fire in the Old Testament now resides in His children in this New Testament era.
God made several promises about this fire beforehand. “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” – Matthew 3:11. The baptism by fire is especially meant for ministry, to passionately live and work for God. “Everyone will be salted with fire. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” ” – Mark 9:49-50. Only Jesus can salt us with fire. Without that salt of fire we would be tasteless, less effective, and would not be preserved. You need the fire from heaven to lead an effective Christian life in this world. “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” – Luke 12:49. Jesus came into this world to bring fire into the world, which was finally fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” – Acts 2:3. The whole of history was waiting for this moment, when the fire of God would come inside the children of God and spread through them into the world. The fire came upon each one of them; it was individual. Each one of them had his/her own fire.
The fire of the Holy Spirit changes everything about you. It will take you out of the dead religious system. It will refine you and fill you with passion for God. It will energize you, equip you, make you courageous, and set you ablaze for God. “The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.” – Isaiah 4:4. The spirit of fire will change your vocabulary, prayer life, worship, and ministry. You need the fire of God, fire from the altar of heaven, inside you and everywhere.
“But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” – Jeremiah 20:9. Prophet Jeremiah felt the fire of God coming into his heart and even into his bones. When Jesus spoke to the two disciples on their way to Emmaus, they felt their hearts burning (Luke 24:32). The fire of God in you will scare the devil. “Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty says: “Because the people have spoken these words, I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes.” – Jeremiah 5:14. As a New Testament believer you have to carry fire in your spirit, heart, bones, and in your mouth. When prophet Isaiah had the vision of God, he felt himself unclean with unclean lips. But the moment the fire of God touched his lips, his messages and prophetic ministry changed. He received more revelations about the coming Messiah in his spirit and he started prophesying to the nations.
We need fire inside us. We need it to flow through us. We need fire in our ministries. Charles Spurgeon, the English preacher once said ‘if there is no fire in the sermon, throw the sermon in the fire’. We need fire filled sermons to take the frozen believers out from their comfort zone and set them ablaze for God.
“And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’ ” – Zechariah 2:5. God protects us by His fire. No evil works of the enemy can break in through that firewall. “Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.” – Acts 28:3. As a fire drives out snakes, the fire of God will expose and cast out the enemy hidden in the strongholds. God prepares His children by fire.
“So he [Samson] went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.” – Judges 15:4-5. The fire behind them set them in the right direction. Jesus sent out the 72 disciples as two by two. The two disciples together had a single mission and vision to fulfill. Lack of fire causes division, but the fire of God brings people together. The fire of God is unstoppable. Ask the Holy Spirit to baptize you with fire and set you ablaze for God. Never quench the fire of the Holy Spirit in you.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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