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 Consuming Fire - 11/16/10

For Our God is a Consuming Fire

November 16, 2010

This is the word of the LORD that came upon me early this morning. Our God speaks comfortably to us (softly whispers as a still-small voice) to get our attention. But once He has our attention, He becomes a consuming fire, drawing us in ever closer by the power of His Spirit. Drawing us to the point where when He shakes our lives (as He will shake the world), the only thing that will remain will be that which can not be shaken – His kingdom in us. (Hebrews 12:27-28)

It is not by our power, or might, or spiritual maturity that we enter into that special place of intimacy or oneness with Him. It is only by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6) as He draws us as an all-consuming fire. Just as it was when we were first saved, by His grace we were pulled out of darkness into His light. Today He is calling His people to go deeper and not be lukewarm, but even that move will be by His grace and power, not by our might or ability.

In Matthew 16:13 when Jesus asked His disciples whom do men say that He was and later asked who they said He was, Peter responded that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus’ response to Peter illustrates this point when He said that “flesh and blood had not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

It is the Father’s will that everyone who sees the Son and believes on Him will have eternal life. What is eternal life? Jesus describes it in John 17:3 when He says “and this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” This is a key part of the fire… an unending desire and voracious appetite to know God. Here He becomes an all-consuming fire because to truly know Him is to only want to know Him more. EVERYTHING ELSE when shaken will simply fall away.

Listen for His comfortable voice today and harden not your heart (He has given us the ability to choose to resist Him). If you are already saved, He is calling you to come closer. Surrender yourself and ask Him to draw you into His marvelous light.

Peace be unto you

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