If I say, “I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name,” His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones, and I become weary of holding it in, and I cannot prevail. Jeremiah 20:9
Luke 3:16 I baptize you with water, but there is One coming after me who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
1 Corinthians 3:13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.
• Day – Jesus, He will bring it all to light. He reveals things that are hidden.
• Revealed with fire – revealed by the Holy Spirit, which will test each person’s work.
God is at home in the fire
2 Thessalonians 1:7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
Exodus 19:18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently.
Exodus 24-:17 To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.
God’s wrath shows up like fire
Numbers 11:1 Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.
Numbers 16:35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.
Fire is innate within us
James 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Mark 9:49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
Acts 2: 3-4 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
When you are really being used by God, you can’t stay out of the fire. You must have an experience WITH the fire. This is the difference between a motivational speaker and a prophet. Speakers try to manage their life in a way where they never have a fire. While God arranges a prophet’s life to survive the fire. That’s why you can’t envy people who look like they never have any storms. When you don’t have a storm, you also don’t have a rainbow. Fires come to prove to the enemy: if you throw them in, I will bring them out. It comes to prove to your enemies: I will never send them into a fire alone. And finally it proves to you: WHATEVER doesn’t consume you, is authorized to groom you.
The problem is some people don’t want to be on fire, they want to stay on the “keep warm” setting. They are not cold, but they aren’t hot. They do just enough to present and usable. They are good, just not as good as they could be if they were living up to their full potential.
Every girl dreams of a knight in shining armor but all that shining armor is showing you is that his metal hasn’t been tested. If a knight has never been tested, how do you know that they can protect you? If you are never tested, how will you know what you are capable of? Even Jesus was tested and put through the fire, even unto death. How do you think that you will escape it?
Being on fire isn’t a bad thing. It burns away the things that are not necessary and purifies what is there. Use the fire to your advantage.