Over the past few weeks, the FIRE has been real in my life and in the lives of those connected to me. My sister in Christ reminded me of a message she did in regards to fire, titled #TheFireFreedMe. After we spoke about the concept of fire, God began to minister to my spirit in a very intimate way. He reminded me how he appeared to Moses in a fiery bush to give instructions in regards to his next assignment. So while we like to assume that fire is an indication of something bad, it can very well be used to dictate change. I was reminded that even though we encounter fiery experiences, HE can bring us though untouched and unharmed. There is something about going through a fire like experience, it births change, because rest assured you do NOT want to encounter the fire again.
What does it mean to be ON fire? When you have an “On fire” moment, there’s a burning on the inside that reciprocates HIS power through your actions, your words, and through your testimony. On fire means, you can’t sit still, you have to move out of force. When you are on fire for the Lord, you cannot contain your praise. Which is totally different from being IN the fire. When you are IN the fire, it has the propensity to overtake you… so much so, that you can’t feel the praise. In hindsight, when you are in the will of GOD, fire is pretty typical. You see, God more often than none sends us through seasons of pruning, using FIRE (wilderness experiences) to prune us. He burns everything, every sin, every ill item that is IN us, so he can fully use us to operate in the Kingdom.
So I ask, how real is your faith?! Serious question… Often times, the Christian community like to equate faith with a visual, knowing God will come through with a miracle, a blessing, some sort of desire. While THIS level of faith is indeed true, faith also places you in the midst of fiery circumstances. You see, the three little Hebrew boys would have loved to be in a state of visualization. Instead they were thrown IN the fire for failure to serve who the KING instructed them to serve. King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits, in Babylon (Daniel 3:1). Why would he do this you ask? The King wanted to create a God for the people to worship. His words according to the New Living Translation, “whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace” Daniel 3:6. If you were placed in this situation, to serve an object or remain loyal to your savior, what would you do? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ACTIVATED their faith. They refused to bow down and serve something other than their God. They responded to the King, “WE DO NOT SERVE YOUR GODS… nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up” Daniel 3:18. I don’t know about you, but when I read that passage, it empowered me. How dare we bow down to the issues we’re faced with? How dare we allow the fiery darts of the enemy to dictate our praise? How dare we bend at the sight of the fire that comes with elevation? The FIRE is purposeful.
My sister denoted that when you are in a fire, your oxygen is affected. She stated that we can equate oxygen to Jesus, because we need HIM to survive. So what are you going through that is causing a burn in your spiritual life? Take a moral inventory of self and pray like never before because the FIRE is what will get you to your next level. Let us go back to the three little Hebrew boys. Scripture states that the King commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. It was exceedingly hot, so hot that it killed the men that led Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the furnace. Now watch this, verse 24 stated that King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste. In verse 25 he reported that he seen four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God… Needless to say, all three came out of the fire unharmed. The scriptures stated the fire had NO power. They came without a scent of fire on them. My God!
Let the words in the post be confirmation to you, that THIS season will not kill you.
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