“No more controlled fires.”
I heard the Lord say to me “In order for the Church to rise up in 2017, they must stop limiting my fires to controlled fires. I am a Consuming Fire. A true wildfire consumes all in it’s path without limits!”
“Therefore, because we have received The Kingdom that is not shaken, we shall receive grace by which we shall serve and please God in reverence and in awe. For our God is a consuming fire.” Heb 12:28-29 Aramaic
What is the significance of this fire?
It is a personal fire.
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matt 3:11 ESV
He fills us with and immerses us in the very essence of Himself so that we may radiate Him and His likeness. This essence of God which burns within us is contagious – or flammable if you will, just like fire. It will spread to all who come in contact with it.
“And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.” Acts 2:3-4
Again we see here an example of the fire distributed to each man personally.
It is a guiding fire.
“The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.” Exodus 13:21
Even in a dark place, a trial or a place where we lack understanding, we must follow the flame of our Lord. We DO NOT attempt to control the fire that goes before us, we simply follow and thrive.
It is a consuming fire.
“Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.” 1 Kings 18:38
A consuming fire consumes everything. Every part of our lives. Every part of our church services. Every thought in our minds.
A controlled fire is not a consuming fire! A consuming fire is a wildfire that clears out the old and makes way for the new.
If we want to see our lives, ministries and churches rise up in 2017, we must make allow the fire of God to consume all. It is the only way we will thrive!
A fire that burns inside of us, guides us and consumes us will transform the world around us.
Lord I pray that the fire of the Holy Spirit is released to an immense measure on every reader right now in Jesus’ name!
We must take the limits off of the fire in 2017! Only then will the church rise up to be the party that the world is jealous of.