January 8, 2014 by AJ Briones
During their down days, I hear a lot of Christians say that they want to be on fire again. They say that the feeling is so different and they are at their peak in desiring to sing praises to God and to live for God. I believe a lot of you my readers have actually felt this feelings. Everyone goes through hard times and days where you feel so detached from God. Those times are called “DOWN DAYS”. We all go through that time in our life. I could remember myself asking God to help me be on fire. I even asked people to pray for me to be on fire. I was like many who desire the ecstatic feeling of being on fire; at least until this evening.
THE SONG CALLED “CONSUMING FIRE”
Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:28-29, NIV1984). I loved the song consuming fire. Every time I sing it on the stage, I can’t help but just stand in awe of God’s greatness because He is an awesome consuming fire. What does it mean when we say Consuming Fire? How do you catch fire? The answer is simple, to expose yourself to the fire; a consuming fire. A lot of Christians think that they are coals that need to stick with hot coals to not let the embers die down but this for me is not enough. As Christians we must realize that we don’t just need other coals, we need the source of fire. We can’t just keep fanning oneself or others to flame rather we must place each other on the flame, and that would keep us burning.
THE “FIRE STARTER”
Exposing oneself to the flame, that’s a real good idea. We need to take away from ourselves the mentality that focuses on the state of being on fire but focus on the source that makes us go on fire. Well, we can’t find a human stove. We can’t find anything in this world that can start the fire we have been talking about rather than the one who has been the fire from the very start; He who can create the fire and make it move. After me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11, NIV1984).
We should start looking at Jesus. He is the one who can baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire; the consuming fire that sets us on fire. Feelings come and go but the one who is the cause of it would never cease to exist.
THE “FLAME UNENDING”
The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out (Leviticus 6:12, NIVUK). How do we keep the fire burning? How will we protect it from burning out and have feelings of doubt and despair? How can we have the unending flame that would keep us filled with fire? The answer is this, never focus on the fire but focus on the one who started the fire in the first place. We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith (Hebrews 12:2, GW).
Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don’t become tired and give up (Hebrews 12:3, GW).
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